We will announce the time and location of this spring's Lavender Graduation at a later date.


The Lavender Graduation Ceremony is one of the many traditions LGBTIQA+ students, faculty, and staff have created for themselves at Iowa State. Each year, graduating members of the Iowa State lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and ally community are recognized during this special event. All spring, summer, and fall 2023 graduates are invited to participate!



Registration Information for 2022 Graduates

Registration is not yet open for the 2023 Lavender Graduation Ceremony! 


Lavender Stoles

As always, graduates who participate in Lavender Graduation will be honored with a lavender stole, which has become a famous symbol associated with the event. We hope you will wear this with honor and pride, as a symbol of your accomplishments and the ISU LGBTQIA+ community!


Mini-Session Photoshoot

As a congratulatory gift for 2023 graduating students, all Lavender Graduates who register for the event will have the opportunity to participate in a Mini-Session Graduation Photoshoot! Folks can wear their regalia, somethings special for them that symbolizes their journey at ISU (a white coat, a work uniform, etc.), or even get a professional headshot! These photos are our gift to celebrate YOU & your amazing accomplishment!

More information about the 2023 photoshoot to come!



Guest Attendance Information

Save the date for May 12th! Family, friends, and supporters are invited to join us for this year's Lavender Graduation Ceremony. We've included helpful information for you about the event below. If you have questions, please email center@iastate.edu. No registration is currently required.


Location: ISU Memorial Union Great Hall (2229 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50014)

Time: 3:00-5:00pm 

Parking: The best place to park for this event is the Memorial Union parking ramp. Costs associated. 


Volunteer Sign-Up 

We'll need to help of campus and community volunteers to make this event a special experience.

If you're able to help with set-up, the event, or tear-down, please sign-up here

History of Lavender Graduation

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