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Campus Pride and PFLAG National Host Lavender Graduation 2021

Updated: Jun 8, 2022

Virtual commencement ceremony honoring LGBTQ graduates will be

Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 3 p.m. Eastern / 12 p.m. Pacific

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Campus Pride and PFLAG National will spotlight 18 colleges and universities across the country at this year’s Lavender Graduation ceremony, a commencement to celebrate and honor LGBTQ college graduates. This year’s Lavender Graduation, the second such event to be conducted virtually, will be held Saturday, June 5. The free event will be live-streamed at, on Campus Pride social media channels, and on PFLAG National’s Facebook page.

Faculty, administrators, and alumni from each of the 18 represented campuses will offer inspiring words to the Class of 2021, and student representatives will reflect on their campus experience and Campus Pride’s mission to make colleges and universities safer and more welcoming for LGBTQ people. This year’s honorees, representing every region in the U.S., include:

University of Alabama Huntsville, AL

Florida A&M University, FL

University of North Florida, FL

University of Hawaii at Manoa, HI

Indiana University Bloomington, IN

Purdue University, IN

Western Kentucky University, KY

University of Missouri-Columbia, MO

William Patterson University, NJ

Kenyon College, OH

Ohio State University, OH

Pacific University, OR

University of Pennsylvania, PA

Rhodes College, TN

University of Texas at Dallas, TX

Old Dominion University, VA

Virginia Tech, VA

Eastern Washington University, WA

“Campus Pride offers congratulations and support to this year’s graduating class of LGBTQ leaders, who embody our values of inclusion on campus and advocacy for social justice,” said Shane Windmeyer, Campus Pride Executive Director. “I’m inspired by the work these young people are doing to take the activism skills they learn through programs like Camp Pride, our internships, and our leadership trainings, and put them into practice on their own campuses, for the betterment of their entire community.”

Lavender Graduation aims to celebrate the achievements of LGBTQ and ally college students upon their graduation who may not be able to participate in in-person commencement ceremonies at their own schools due to COVID-19 precautions, and to show these students that they have a community of support moving into the next chapter of their lives.


WHEN: Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 3 p.m. Eastern / 12 p.m. Pacific

WHERE: ONLINE Livestream can be found at,

on Campus Pride’ Facebookand Instagram Pages,

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