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2023 Lavender Celebration

Are you a rising graduate? The LGBTQIA Resource Center would love for you to consider being recognized during our 2023 Lavender Celebration! This year's celebration will held on Wednesday, April 12 from 4-6 p.m. in the Alumni House. More information will be provided as we get closer to the date! If you are a fall 2022 graduate, or will be graduating during any semester in 2023, you can be recognized at our 2023 Lavender Celebration! 

Every year in April, all members of the Georgia Tech community are invited to honor our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and ally graduates at our annual Lavender Graduation celebration. Families of our graduating students are also welcome to attend.

First presented in 2015, Lavender Celebration also recognizes individuals, departments, and organizations that have made Georgia Tech a safer and more inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and asexual students, faculty, staff, and alumni through the presentation of awards. 

LGBTQIA students need not have been active in LGBTQIA organizations or the LGBTQIA Resource Center to be recognized. Graduating students who are honored at this ceremony will receive a ceremonial Lavender Diploma to serve as a keepsake from your time here.

If you are an LGBTQIA student and wish to be honored at the ceremony, we will have more information in spring 2023 on how to register for recognition!

Do you have someone you would like to nominate for the 2023 Lavender Awards? Click the link below to submit your nomination!

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Who can be recognized at Lavender Graduation?

The ceremony recognizes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and ally students who are graduating. This includes both undergraduate and graduate students. All graduating students who want to be recognized must register. 

Can I just go to this instead of the big Georgia Tech Commencement Ceremony?

Lavender Graduation is not a replacement for the campus-wide commencement ceremony in May but rather an additional opportunity for you to celebrate and reflect on your time at Georgia Tech with other members of the LGBTQIA community.

Can I invite my family, professors, and/or friends?

Yes! Just make sure they RSVP.

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I identify as lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer/intersex/asexual but haven't been really involved in queer activities or groups during my time at Tech. Can I still be recognized at Lavender Graduation?

Absolutely! Involvement in LGBTQIA organizations is not a prerequisite for being honored at the ceremony. As we introduce our graduating students, we'll recognize many of their different achievements from their time at Tech.

Why should I participate as a graduate?

Lavender Graduation rewards you for your accomplishments while being a student at Tech and serves as a formal farewell to the community. It also gives you the opportunity to connect with our LGBTQIA alumni and to learn how you can stay involved with LGBTQIA life at Tech after graduation. This will be a fun and memorable celebration with your queer peers that you'll always remember.

I want to attend Lavender Graduation to support our graduates. Do I need to RSVP?

Yes! We just ask that you please RSVP!