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Rainbow Graduation Celebration

SIUE Safe Zone, the Kimmel Student Involvement Center, and the office for the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs will host SIUE’s Rainbow Graduation Celebration for fall 2017 graduates on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 4-5:30pm in the Morris University Center Maple/Dogwood Room.

The Fall 2017 Rainbow Graduation Celebration is open to all LGBTQIA and Ally SIUE undergraduate and graduate students who have earned their degree Fall 2017.

What is the Rainbow Graduation Celebration?

Sometimes referred to as Lavender Graduation, Rainbow Graduation is a ceremony conducted to celebrate the achievements of any graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, or ally student.

Dr. Ronni Sanlo designed and implemented the very first Rainbow/Lavender Graduation at the University of Michigan in 1995 after being denied the right to participate in her children’s graduation ceremonies due to her sexual orientation.

SIUe Rainbow Graduation Celebration is…

  • An event for you to invite your family, close friends, and those most important to you
  • An opportunity to honor YOU and all you have accomplished while at SIUE
  • Your formal induction into the ranks of SIUE LGBTQIA & Ally Alumni
  • Something you'd ask a favorite professor or staff  member who has positively impacted you during your time at SIUE to attend
  • The last formal program of the  academic year from Safe Zone
  • Lots of fun with light refreshments
  • The event where you get rainbow cords that you can wear at your graduation ceremony.

2017 Registration

Register to participate in the Rainbow Graduation Celebration using the following link: (https://siue.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/145270). (Registration form must be completed by Friday, December 1, 2017)

Parking Information

Please follow all parking rules and regulations by parking in spaces allowed by your parking permit or paying at a metered space.

This is not an actual graduation. It’s a celebration for any of our graduating LGBTQIA or Ally students and does not replace the formal SIUE graduation ceremonies taking place on December 16, 2017.

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