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Lavender Graduation Ceremony

In a year filled with challenges and triumphs, Bay Path University is excited to recognize the unique challenges and accomplishments of our LGBTQIA+ graduates with our first Lavender Graduation event.

“Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the University. 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.”

“Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that recognizes LGBTQ students of all races and ethnicities and acknowledges their achievements and contributions to the university as students who survived the college experience.” from the Human Rights Campaign

Madison Harakles ’21, president of Gay Path Alliance, is joined by Peter Testori, Dean of Academic Support Services & Gay Path Alliance advisor, and Kevin Barlowski, Director of Theatre and Performance Studies in congratulating our graduates and offering reflections on the meaning of Lavender Graduation.

Welcome - Madison Harkles '21, president of Gay Path Alliance

History of the Lavender Graduation Ceremony - Kevin Barlowski, M.A., director of  theatre and performance studies

Keynote Speaker: Peter Testori, M.S., Dean of Academic Support Services & Assistant Coordinator, Title IX

We’re excited to begin a new tradition here at Bay Path University and look forward to continuing it by celebrating next year’s graduating class in May 2022!