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The Gender + Equality Center pleased to host our third annual Lavender Graduation for LGBTQIA+ students. Given the University of Oklahoma’s in-person May Graduation Ceremonies, the Gender + Equality Center will also host an in-person ceremony with appropriate safety precautions to highlight this year’s graduating class.

Lavender Graduations began in 1995 at the University of Michigan as a cultural celebration for LGBTQ+ students of all races and ethnicities in order to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the university as students who survived the college experience. This celebration of the culmination of a student’s undergraduate career is important to honor in the context of their identity; Lavender Graduation recognizes students with their chosen names, the correct pronouns, and celebrates the fullness of who they are. Universities across the country recognize the need to affirm graduating seniors in this manner and we are proud and honored to continue this tradition at the University of Oklahoma.

This Year's Ceremony

Date: May 7, 2021

Time: 12 PM

Location: Beaird Lounge, OMU 

Keynote: Rep. Mauree Turner

Mauree Turner is a born and raised American-Muslim and Oklahoma community organizer. Mauree's life's work is geared towards fighting for and maintaining the civil rights and liberties for all who enter America. They are also the current Representative for the state of Oklahoma's House District 88.

Before becoming the first Muslim Legislator for Oklahoma and the first openly non-binary person to be elected to a state wide office in the US, Mauree had been doing community organizing around justice re-imaginment and rebuilding, religious freedom, LGBTQ2S+ rights, and race relations with the ACLU of OK, CAIR-OK, NAACP, Freedom Oklahoma and a number of grassroots organizations.

When they're not working they are most likely cooking, recharging, and remembering to breath.

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The OU LGBTQ Alumni Society it a free alumni organization for graduates of OU to stay connected to OU, their friends, and to get involved with their alma mater. The Society organizes regional and national events, such as our annual OU/TX Happy Hour, provides scholarships to students, and participates in professional development to current LGBTQ students through the GEC's Mentorship Program. With the Society, there are opportunities for you to provide mentorship to current students, organize your own events, and get engaged with other post-graduation OU activities.