Lavender Celebration

Lavender Celebration (commonly known as Lav Grad) is a free LGBTQ+ & ally annual graduation ceremony for LGBT & ally undergraduate and graduate/professional students. Lav Grad honors students and commemorates their contributions to the University community while also celebrating their unique identities.

Graduates and scholarship recipients from the Lambda LGBT Alumni Association are recognized. Lavender also recognizes undergraduate and graduate student leaders and faculty/staff members with leadership awards. Following the celebration, there is a reception with food and refreshments for everyone.

Previous year’s speakers have included Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and Los Angeles-based comedian, rapper, poet and performing artist D’Lo D’Loco Kid.

The 2019 Lavender Celebration will take place on May 3rd, 2020 at 2:30 pm (with reception after) in Argue Plaza, next to the Widney Alumni House.

Graduate Information

Please fill out this form (by April 27th) if you plan to graduate this year and would like to be recognized in the Lavender Celebration. We will use the information from the form to highlight your accomplishments. Feel free to email us at with any questions. Any student graduating in the year 2020 (whether that be May, August, or December 2020) is welcome to be honored.