Texas Tech University

Lavender Graduation

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

Lavender Graduation 2021

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 2021

The Lavender Yearbook features photos from LGBTQIA-related events this past year and pages celebrating our participating graduating students. View the 2021 Lavender Yearbook! You can also view a print version of the 2021 Lavender Yearbook online.

Lavender Yearbook 2021

Participate in Lavender Graduation 2021

Registration for Lavender Graduation 2021 now closed

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 in-person.

The Office will host an in-person photo opportunity for participating graduates on Thursday, May 13, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Additionally, the Office will compile 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.

Students are also welcome to just request their Lavender Graduation materials, including a Lavender Honor Cord, Lavender Scholar lapel pin (graduate students), and certificate. If students are unable to pick up their Lavender Graduation materials in-person, the Office can also mail the materials out.

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

Lavender Yearbook 2020

View the 2020 Lavender Yearbook!

Cover of 2020 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.