What is a Lavender Graduation?
Lavender Graduation events intend to honor graduating seniors that identify as LGBTQ+ and allies for their contributions to the Geneseo community. These programs also recognize the resilience and advocacy demonstrated by LGBTQ+ students in light of unique experiences and potential obstacles within higher education. More information about the history of Lavender Graduation on a national scale can be found using the link below.
Here you can find the Human Rights Campaign Lavender Graduation webpage.
When is this year's Lavender Graduation Celebration?
The 4th Annual Lavender Graduation Celebration is traditionally hosted in May in the Doty Recital Hall.
When held in person, anyone is welcome to attend the reception; graduating seniors, staff, faculty, friends, and families may RSVP once details have been determined for 2021.
Awards Presented at the Event
In 2019, Geneseo's Lavender Graduation Celebration presented three awards to honor a student, a faculty or staff member, and an alum for their contributions to social justice. Please click the awards below for further descriptions. These awards were the following:
Award recipients were selected by the Lavender Graduation Celebration Planning Committee and presented to awardees at the reception.
Previous award recipients:
Lavender Student Leadership Award
2018 Troy Keith
Troy Keith Student Leadership Award
2019 Vanessa Cepeda
2019 Daniel Kahl
2019 Kevin Vazcones
2020 Julia Eleanor Deacon
2020 Hannah Fahy
2020 Madeline Reichler
Aiden J. Cropsey Faculty/Staff Award
2017 Dr. Jennifer Katz, Dept of Psychology
2018 Daniel Jacques, Dept of Chemistry
2019 Dr. Irene Belyakov-Goodman,
2020 Brandon West, Library Research Instruction
Rainbow Revolutionary Distinguished Alumni Award
2017 Ceridwen Troy (2007)
2018 robbie routenberg (2005)
2019 Jennifer Sahrle (2003)
2020 Michael Venturiello (2013)
Feel free to send questions regarding the Lavender Graduation Celebration to the Coordinator, LGBTQ Programs and Services, Charlotte Wade, at firstname.lastname@example.org.