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Rainbow Graduation Celebration

Safe Zone, the Kimmel Student Involvement Center, Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, and the Office for the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs wish each of our LGBTQIA students the best of luck on their graduation from SIUE.  Congratulations on this big honor and know that we are so proud of you!

Please view the Virtual Booklet here:

Please view the recorded Virtual Ceremony here:

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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 to join
  • 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


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 for spring 2020.

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