Frequently Asked Questions | Lavender Graduation



What is Lavender Graduation?

Lavender Graduation is a graduation ceremony and tradition for LGBTIQA+ students, faculty, and staff at Iowa State University. Each year, graduating members of the Iowa State lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and ally community are recognized during this special event receiving a lavender and rainbow stole, certificate, and the opportunity to share a favorite Iowa State memory and Cyclone Champion, a person who helped you succeed in your time on campus. The ceremony is a moving and beautiful tribute to student resiliency, courage, pride, community, love, laughter, and success!

Who can participate as a Lavender Graduate?

Lavender graduates are any Iowa State student who is graduating this year: spring, summer, or fall.


Who can attend the ceremony?

All are welcome and encouraged to attend the ceremony! Friends, family, community members, faculty, staff, and administrators are all welcome to attend.


What questions are asked on the registration form?

For a full list of all the questions asked, please visit our registration form summary.


When is the deadline to register as a Lavender Graduate?

Registrations close on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 11:59pm.


What do I need to wear to the event?

Folks generally dress business casual for the event. However, we encourage graudates to wear what makes them feel comfortable and celebratory.

For administrators, faculty, and staff, regalia is not encouraged. We recommend the same guidance as offered above for students: comfort and celebration.

Is the event open to the public?

Yes, all are welcome and encouraged to attend to celebrate the personal and academic accomplishments of LGBTQIA+ students at Iowa State University!


Are there any costs associated with Lavender Graduation?

No, there are no fees or costs associated with the event.


Is there parking available?

Yes! Please see our parking map to locate the best parking location for you. For additional parking options, please see the Where to Park and the Campus Parking Map.


Are there keynote speakers?

The students are the keynotes at Lavender Graduation. Each student will have the opportunity, although not required, to publicly recognize a Cyclone Champion. A Cyclone Champion is someone the graduate has indicated has been critical in their journey to graduation, someone who has helped them be academically and personally successful. Graduates and attendees have indicated this portion of the program is one of the special parts that makes Lavender Graduation a unique and moving ceremony.