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National Lavender Graduation to Honor College LGBTQ+ Grads

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Campus Pride marks 25th anniversary of “Lavender Graduation” with special virtual event for the Class of 2020

On Saturday, May 23, 2020 Campus Pride in partnership with PFLAG National will host a national “Lavender Graduation” for LGBTQ+ and ally graduates of the Class of 2020 to celebrate and honor their achievements. This free, live streaming event to celebrate #LAVGrads will begin airing at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT at and across Campus Pride and PFLAG’s social media channels.

Of note, 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the very first Lavender Graduation organized at University of Michigan by Ronni Sanlo, a pioneer of campus organizing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people within higher education.  Since 1995, Lavender Graduations have been a commencement tradition for LGBTQ and ally college students that are now included in many universities across the United States.  Sanlo will be a featured speaker along with LGBTQ and ally graduates and soon to be announced notable leaders and celebrities.

What: Campus Pride Class of 2020 Virtual Lavender Graduation Ceremony

Who: Youth representing the Class of 2020, speakers including Ronni Sanlo, performers, and more!

When: LIVE ONLINE: Saturday, May 23, Noon PST/3 PM EST

Where: Log in: and streaming live across Campus Pride (@campuspride) and PFLAG National (@pflag) social media platforms

Cost: Free online event: Everyone is welcome.

Sponsors: Campus Pride in partnership with PFLAG National

Since 2001, Campus Pride is the leading national organization building future LGBTQ and ally leaders as well as creating safer communities at colleges and universities. The Campus Pride Index annually helps 80,000 people find LGBTQ-inclusive colleges and universities.  In addition, the organization has specifically tailored programs and resources to support LGBTQ youth and campus communities. Learn more at

PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. With over 400 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas across America, PFLAG is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed. To learn more, visit, like us on Facebook (/pflag), or follow us on Twitter (@pflag) or Instagram (@pflag).