Alumnus to keynote Lavender Graduation

For immediate release: April 10, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University's LGBTQA Community will be celebrating their Fifth Annual Lavender Graduation on Saturday, April 11, at 3 p.m. in the KUB Multicultural Center, which officially kicks of Ally Week. Lavender Graduation celebrates the many accomplishments made by the LGBTQ students and allies at Bloomsburg University. The graduation takes the time to congratulate and thank them for what they do for the LGBTQA Community and university.

The ceremony is filled with undergraduates and graduate students who have already or are planning on graduating during that year. Each graduate has the opportunity to choose a person whom they would like to honor at the graduation. This year the LGBTQA Community invited back Brian Sims as the commencement speaker.

Sims '01 was co- captain for BU’s Football team in 2000 and was the first openly gay regional All American and team captain in the NCAA. In 2004, he graduated Michigan State University School of Law: with a J.D. degree in International and Comparative Law. Then continuing on to be the first openly gay person elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Sims was also selected as one of the top 40 LGBTQA Attorneys, under 40, in the United States by the National LGBTQA Bar Association in 2010.

Sims continually is active in the LGBTQA community by trying to pass legislation to legalize Same-Sax Marriage in Pennsylvania and a bill to help reduce and eliminate the gender gap in rate of pay.

Ally Week

During the week there will be tables on campus with information about the LGBTQA Community, selling T-shirts, rainbow ribbons, and much more along with scheduled activities.

  • Monday, April 13 — Flog and Flame Open Mic, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 14 — Potluck Multicultural Center KUB, 5:3 to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 15 — “Matthew Shepard is a Friend of Mine” Hideaway KUB, 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 16 — Game Night in Game Room, 8 to 10 p.m.
  • Friday, April 17 — Day of Silence Vigil, 7 p.m.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.