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LGBT* Center


The LGBT* Center's two largest events are Rainbow Reception and Lavender Graduation. 

Rainbow Reception

Rainbow Reception takes place at the beginning of each academic year as an evening of information sharing, networking, fellowship, and dessert. Established in 2010, since its inception Rainbow Reception continues to serve as a yearly opportunity for UNI students, faculty, and staff to welcome LGBTQ students and their allies back to campus. 

Rainbow Reception for Fall 2017 will take place on August 30th from 5-7 pm in the GBPAC. If you are interested in hosting an informational table at this event, please contact us at


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Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation recognizes the importance of the LGBT* community on the UNI campus and the accomplishments of members of the LGBTQ community by awarding a lavender graduation cord to members and their allies. Established on the University of Northern Iowa campus in April of 2014 with nine graduates, Lavender Graduation doubled in size in April of 2015 awarding 18 students with a lavender cord. 

Lavender Graduation for the 2017-2018 academic year will be announced soon. Students must register to participate in the Lavender Graduation. The registration page will be available after spring break.  


To view previous years photos from Rainbow Reception, Lavender Graduation, and other LGBT* Center events please visit our Facebook page.

LGBT(ea) Time

The LGBT* Center hosts a monthly discussion on relevant topics to the LGBTQ+ community. Previous LGBT(ea) Times have included LGBTQ women, queer trivia, and laws affecting the community. Stay tuned for a list of upcoming LGBT(ea) Time topics, planned by our Volunteer Team