Sixth Annual Lavender Graduation Ceremony
May 8th, 2019
About Lavender Graduation
Lavender Graduation at Louisiana State University is a way to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and honor the graduates' academic achievement. Lavender Graduation does not replace the students' actual graduation, instead, it is a presentation of their lavender cords which can be worn during their graduation ceremony. The event will feature a welcome from the university's administration, a keynote speaker, and the presentation of the graduates' cords. Students may choose a family member, friend, or significant other to present them with their cords. This event is open to anyone in the LGBTQ+ Community, as well as straight and cisgender allies.
History of Lavender Graduation
The Lavender Cords
Historically, before popular use of the color pink and the rainbow, lavender was largely associated with the LBGTQ community for a couple of reasons. First, "It is a blend of the traditionally gender-identified colors pink and blue, blurring the lines, subverting and challenging gender norms." Second, "lavender is a shade of purple, which has an association with royalty, and our community is full of queens, kings and other fabulous titles." And lastly, "[l]et's remember, the purple stripe on the rainbow flag symbolizes the spirit of the LGBTQ community." You may also recall that shades of purple have recently "been worn on Spirit Day to support LGBTQ youth and spread the awareness in hopes to end bullying." 
Registration for the event costs $15. This covers the ceremony, your lavender cords, and the reception to follow the ceremony. Please use the link below to register and make the $15 payment (if paying cash, mark "Paying in Cash" on the form, then bring your payment to the Office of Multicultural Affairs during business hours). You will also be asked to provide the name and relationship of a family member, friend, or significant other who will present you with your cords during the ceremony. If no one is listed, a member of the Office of Multicultural Affairs will present your cords to you. If you cannot afford the $15, please contact LGBTQProject@lsu.edu or stop by the Office of Multicultural Affairs during business hours.