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LHU holds Lavender Graduation ceremony

LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven University recently held Lavender Graduation in the Parsons Union Building (PUB). Approximately 40 students, faculty and management were in attendance at this semester’s event.

Lavender Graduation is a nationwide event that celebrates the academic achievements of LGBTQ students and allies. Lock Haven University’s ceremony was organized by the President’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, and celebrated the graduation of four seniors.

A toast was given to graduating seniors by friends and allies and a keynote address was delivered by acclaimed comedian and actor, Vincent Ford, 1996 alumnus.

In his speech, Ford remarked on his own experiences in the 90s as an openly gay student at Lock Haven University, noting both the challenges and the support system he had that helped him succeed academically and graduate with a degree in communication from The Haven.

Ford, who was accompanied by his mother, acknowledged his parents, retired residence hall director Wendy Walsh and a handful of close friends as the greatest supports he had in securing a successful life as a gay student. He praised the university’s commitment to dedicated events like Lavender Graduation to give LGBTQ students a sense of belonging and visibility in the greater campus community.

Lavender Graduation is open to all Lock Haven University students regardless of their sexual orientation. For more information, contact Dr. Gayatri Devi at gdevi@lockhaven.edu.

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