The 2017 Indiana State University Lavender Graduation is a ceremony recognizing LGBTQ+ seniors and allies, and their accomplishments and contributions to the university. The event is held twice each year, before commencement in the spring and the fall. It is sponsored by the office of Multicultural Programs and Services and the Spectrum student organization.
This year, more than a dozen seniors participated in the two ceremonies.
Rochelle Weymouth, a health and human services major said of her experience at the university. “Both ISU and Spectrum gave (me) the confidence and experience to move forward in life.”
Keynote speaker Dr. Willie Banks Jr., the vice president of the Division of Student Affairs, spoke highly of the Lavender Graduation, saying it’s his favorite event to be a part of. During his speech, he gave a solid piece of advice for any and all college students: “Live your life. It’s the only one you’ve got.”