More Catholic College Holding LGBT Graduations
by Jason St. Amand
Thursday May 3, 2012
A number of Catholic colleges around the country are holding special graduation ceremonies geared toward LGBT students, the Cardinal Newman Society Blog reported.
Some schools are calling the special events "lavender graduations," including Georgetown University. The college’s president John DeGioia is scheduled to deliver a speech at the school’s LGBT-friendly ceremony and the university’s website describes its lavender graduation as "a special ceremony for LGBTQ and Ally undergraduate and graduate students to acknowledge their achievements, contributions, and unique experiences at Georgetown University."
The ceremony’s keynote speaker is Melissa L. Bradley -- a Georgetown alumna and the CEO of the Tides Foundation. The Tides Foundation is an organization that has made grants to a number of LGBT-friendly groups, such as ACLU, Lambda Legal, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and many more.
The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y., also celebrated a lavender graduation. The school said the reception was "an opportunity for the Saint Rose community to acknowledge and honor the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allies for their achievements and contributions to not only the community but also to the college." The school’s website notes that several of the university’s officials will speak at the event and it is an opportunity for LGBT students to "cross the lavender stage to celebrate your success and to receive a Lavender certificate as well as a rainbow tassel."
Next week, St. Mary’s College of California will host their sixth annual Lavender Graduate Celebration. the rest