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Rainbow Graduation Celebration

SIUE Safe Zone, the Kimmel Student Involvement Center, Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, and the office for the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs will hold SIUE’s the Semi-Annual Rainbow Graduation Celebration in late April or early May for spring 2020 graduates.

The 2020 Rainbow Graduation Celebration is free and open to all LGBTQIA+ and Ally SIUE undergraduate, graduate and professional students who have earned their degree in May 2020.

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.

Spring 2020 Registration

Registration will go live in February/early March.

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 in May 2020.

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