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Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation on May 13, 2021; Register by May 3

Lavender Graduation 2021

Register for Lavender Graduation 2021

The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement wants to celebrate our 2021 graduates! While COVID-19 continues to restrict many in-person gatherings, the Office is pleased to provide opportunities to recognize our graduates virtually and, if interested, collect their materials in-person and pose for a keepsake photograph.

The Office will be compiling a yearbook and a short video showcasing our participating LGBTQIA graduates! We want to give each participant the opportunity to reflect on their time at Tech, share some of the lessons they have learned, and honor the mentors who have shaped the person they are today. We are also able to mail their Lavender Honor Cord, Lavender Scholar lapel pin (graduate students), and other Lavender Graduation materials.

This year's Lavender Graduation is open to any LGBTQIA student, as well as any student committed to their practice of "allyship," who is graduating in May, August, or December 2021 from Texas Tech University (any school, college, and campus) or Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Please fill out this form if you are interested in participating in any of the various components of this year's Lavender Graduation. Submissions close at 5:00 p.m. CDT on Monday, May 3.


Lavender Graduation 2020

Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement was not able to host an in-person Lavender Graduation in May 2020. However, we still celebrated our LGBTQIA and allied graduates through a series of graduation videos and our first ever Lavender Yearbook! Additionally, the Office mailed the Lavender Honor Cord, Lavender Scholar lapel pin, and other Lavender Graduation materials to graduates for free.

Congratulations to all our graduating LGBTQIA and allied students! We thank you for your impact on Texas Tech and wish you health and happiness on your journeys ahead.

Lavender Yearbook 2020

The Lavender Yearbook features photos from LGBTQIA-related events this past year and pages celebrating our participating graduating students. View the Lavender Yearbook!

Cover of Lavender Yearbook

Lavender Graduation Videos 2020

Lavender Graduation Opening

Celebration of Undergraduate Participants

Celebration of Graduate Participants


About Lavender Graduation

Begun at Texas Tech by the RISE Office, this gathering hosts our LGBTQIA students and their families (biological or not!), as well as other invited guests, for dinner and a recognition ceremony for participating graduates. We also have remarks from guest speakers, campus administrators, and others.

Each year, the Office also selects two participating students based on their service to Tech's LGBTQIA community and their engaging and inspirational personal stories. These students are honored during the ceremony.

The Office also recognizes the recipient of The Ted Jim Dotts, Jr. and Betty Shewbert Dotts Ally of the Year award. This award, selected by the campus community, is awarded to a member of the faculty and staff for demonstrating meritorious effort toward improving the climate, diversity, and inclusivity at Texas Tech University and the City of Lubbock. You can nominate an outstanding ally on TechConnect.

Want to learn more about the history of Lavender Graduation? Check out this great resource.