Lavender Graduation

Time Out Youth Center is holding a Lavender Graduation to celebrate the accomplishments of LGBTQ graduates in the Charlotte region. Join us for a graduation ceremony, food, and fun!

What is Lavender Graduation?

Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted all around the country to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students. The Lavender Graduation Ceremony was created by Dr. Ronni Sanlo, a Jewish Lesbian, who was denied the opportunity to attend the graduations of her biological children because of her sexual orientation.  It was through this experience that she came to understand the pain felt by her students.  Encouraged by the Dean of Students at the University of Michigan, Dr. Sanlo designed the first Lavender Graduation Ceremony in 1995.  The first Lavender Graduation began at the University of Michigan in 1995, with three graduates.  By 2001, there were over 45 Lavender Graduation Ceremonies nationwide.

Why is Lavender Graduation important?

Lavender Graduation gives LGBTQ students the opportunity to celebrate their acheivements in school while also celebrating their LGBTQ identities. We want students to be able to come together as a community and celebrate their successes in school together and be honored for their work. 

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Event Information 

Time Out Youth Center

3800 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28205

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

6:30PM – 8:30PM