LOCK HAVEN - The President's Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Affairs at Lock Haven University sponsored the Second Annual Lavender Graduation on Thursday, April 19 for four graduating seniors.
The Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that recognizes gay and lesbian students as well as their Allies for their contributions to the university and for surviving the college experience.
Nationwide, gay and lesbian students rarely experience university-supported events directly associated with their lives.
LHU students recognized at Lavender Graduation stand with university president Dr. Michael Fiorentino Jr. after the ceremonies. From left are Lottia Kehoe, Alicia Perrelli, Dr. Fiorentino, Jared Day and Joseph Heiczinger.
The recognized students included Alicia Perrelli, Master of Liberal Arts; Lottia Kehoe, Biology; Joseph Heiczinger, Biology; and Jared Day, Psychology. The students received a Certificate of Recognition, rainbow graduation tassel, and a gift card.
Each student spoke briefly about their experiences at Lock Haven University and was followed by guest speaker, President Michael Fiorentino, Jr.
Dr. Rick Schulze, Chairperson, President's Commission on LGBT Affairs, commented, "Since the first Lavender Graduation Ceremony in 1995 at the University of Michigan, these ceremonies have spread to campuses throughout the country. LGBT students and their Allies need a special celebration since so often these students are invisible to the campus community. We appreciate their service to the campus."