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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the Lavender Graduation (LG)?

Intended to complement the general graduation ceremony, LG is a unique commencement celebration for LGBTQIA-identified graduates of all races and ethnicities. Heterosexual ally graduates are also encouraged to participate.

What does LGBTQIA stand for?

The acronym LGBTQIA represents a broad array of various identities including (and not limited to):

  • L-Lesbian
  • G-Gay
  • B-Bisexual
  • T-Transsexual/Transgender
  • Q-Queer/Questioning
  • I-Intersex
  • A-Ally

Can I participate in the LG if I am straight?

Absolutely. Allies take a stand when injustices against LGBTQIA-persons are perpetuated, so your participation is requested.

Is LG a separate graduation ceremony?

Simply put, no. LG is a supplemental commencement ceremony intended to complement the main commencement celebration. In no way is LG intended to conflict with, or replace, one's CSULB university graduation.

When is LG?

LG is scheduled for Monday, May 22, 2016 from 6PM - 8PM at the University Student Union, Ballrooms.

Who is coordinating LG?

The LG planning committee consists of student organizers who collaborate with Delta Lambda Phi Fraternity, Queers and Allies, and the LGBT Student Resource Center on campus. Faculty/Staff advisors and a number of other on-campus departments and organizations also assist in ensuring a successful event.

What is an ally?

An ally is a person who sympathizes with, fights for, believes in, and unconditionally accepts LGBTIQ-identified persons.

Is this celebration only for undergraduates of CSULB?

Not at all. The LG is open to all graduates of CSULB, from all of the colleges.

Does it cost anything to participate in the LG?

Yes. You can choose to purchase the $30 package or $40 package to participate. The $30 package offers graduates 10 Celebration Ivitations/Envelopes, 5 Guest Tickets, 1 Lavender Stole, 1 Certificate, and Light Refreshments at the Celebration. The $40 package offers graduates everything in the $30 package in addtition to a Rainbow Tassel.

Additional tickets for guests are $1.00 each. Payments must be made at the Associated Students Business Office (USU-229) in cash only.

Is there anything that I need to do right now if I am a graduating senior?

Click HERE to register. Fill out the information fields and from there you will be kept up to date on any online information.

I want to help plan and volunteer for next year's LavGrad. How do I sign up?

We are always looking for volunteers. Because this is an event that will continue for years to come, we are encouraging freshman and sophomores especially to step forward and help with the planning so that when you graduate you will already know how to organize this event smoothly. Please email Dr. Jon Higgins at or Anna Nazarian-Peters at to join the fun!

I am not graduating but would like to attend the LG and help at LG. How do I sign up?

Yes. To help with the logistics of the ceremony we ask that you sign up as soon as possible. Simply send an email to or with your name and contact information.