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William and Mary to host its first Lavender graduation

William and Mary to host its first Lavender graduation

The College of William and Mary will have its first Lavender Graduation to celebrate its graduating LGBTQ+ students on May 11.

Lavender Graduations are a pre-commencement ceremony started in 1995 at the University of Michigan. These events provide a space for LGBTQ+ students to be recognized for their accomplishments. Camilla Hill, assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, said colleges around the country hold Lavander Graduations every year. VCU has had them for the past six years.

Roxie J. Patton, associate director for the Center for Student Diversity at William and Mary, said when she started her job last March...

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