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Office of Social Justice Initaitives & Identity Programs

Lavender Graduation Reception

The Lavender Graduation Reception is an annual cultural ceremony that recognizes graduating LGBTQ+ scholars of all races and ethnicities and acknowledges the tenacity for creating positive social change by being part of the UC Merced graduating class. Our dedication to honoring the lived experiences and triumphs of our LGBTQ+ graduates is rooted in the desire to create a welcoming, inclusive and affirming environment.

Lavender Graduation Receptions is a joint venture between Lambda Alliance, LGBTQ+ Initiatives, the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Queer Issues (CACQI), and multiple other departments across campus.