Annual Lavender Reception Ceremony

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What is a Lavender Reception?

An inspiring and affirming ceremony that celebrates the achievements of graduating students from the LGBTQQIA+ and allied community at Dickinson College

Who participates in a Lavender Reception?

Recognizing the challenging road to graduation that many students in the LGBTQQIA+ community and their allies face, the ceremony gives graduating students, family, friends, faculty, administrators, peers, allies, and significant supporters the opportunity to holistically embrace each student at the conclusion of their undergraduate journey.


Friday, April 20, 2018

6:00 - 7:00 pm - Graduating Students Recognition Ceremony
7:00 - 8:30 pm - Reception and Celebration


Stern Center - Great Room
Dickinson College


The ceremony includes time to thank significant supporters and a time to celebrate the achievements of each graduate. As part of the ceremony, graduates receive a rainbow symbol from Dickinson and a certificate honoring their resiliency and courage.

How to sign up:

Registration is now open for the 2018 Lavender Reception. NOTE: this registration is for seniors who plan to PARTICIPATE in the ceremony. You do not need to register in order to attend. Please click here to register (review the information below about what information you will need to provide so that you are prepared to do so on the form). 

Participants will be asked to complete an online form which includes: general information (name and contact information), graduation information (degree and major), significant supporter information (someone who has supported you during your time as a student at Dickinson and you would like to thank during the ceremony) and a brief biography for us to print in the program.

Are there specific awards given during the ceremony?

Yes, there are two awards given at the Lavender Reception. Please click here to review the award descriptions and review the names of previous recipients by visiting this link