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William and Mary's inaugural Lavender Graduation

William and Mary's inaugural Lavender Graduation

Doug Bunch, a gay Board of Visitors member and a College of William and Mary alumnus, told a crowd that a former president of the college threatened to sue the William and Mary Lesbian and Gay Alumni Association for using “William and Mary” in its name. Until recently, same-sex unions were banned in the Wren Chapel. He also acknowledges that decades ago, students who came out were pressured to withdraw from the college.

But on Friday, William and Mary hosted its first Lavender Graduation, honoring 27 LGBTQ+ students.

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...