HRC & GLSEN Virtual Graduation Ceremony
HRC and GLSEN will hold a virtual graduation ceremony to honor the LGBTQ+ high school and college class of 2020 on Friday, May 8 at 4 p.m. ET. As the country is encouraged to practice social distancing, many institutions are canceling or postponing their graduation ceremonies; this effort will honor the nearly half a million LGBTQ+ students HRC estimates are graduating this spring, who may be impacted by these cancellations and disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
The event will include many traditional elements of a graduation ceremony, including an official welcome from the HRC President Alphonso David and GLSEN Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard, a commencement address, valedictorians for exceptional dynamic LGBTQ+ students and music. It will also highlight the HRC Foundation’s Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) Program, the only national project that partners with HBCUs on establishing an LGBTQ+-inclusive campus climate and leadership convening. Following the event, HRC Youth Ambassador Nhandi Craig, a.k.a. DJ Young 1, will perform to honor the graduates.