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Students shine at Lavender Graduation

Fourteen graduates collected their diplomas on May 3 in the music recital hall at American River College's Lavender Graduation. (Photo by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Hannah Yates

May 16, 2019

Fourteen graduates walked across the stage on May 3 to collect their diploma, rainbow cap tassel and unicorn pin from the American River College Pride Center staff. Departments across campus banded together to ensure that the 2019 Lavender Graduation was an uplifting and powerful event. Lavender Gr...

Alumna fights for trans rights in Sacramento

Activist Ebony Harper stands in front of the mural that she helped fund behind the Lavender Library in Sacramento, Calif. on Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Alexus Hurtado

December 12, 2018

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s threats against the transgender community, a call to action has been made for trans and cisgender people alike, to take a stand in solidarity. Former American River College student Ebony Harper is a black trans woman who says she had a troublesome experienc...

ARC celebrates LGBTQ+ graduates in first Lavender Graduation

The Lavender Graduation graduates (from second-left to right: Wendy Campbell, Madalyn Parker, Sergio Salcedo-Contreras, Kelley York, Heather Ogden) pose with their rainbow tassels, standing side-by-side with the Pride Award winners (left: Brett Spencer right: Dennis Lee, Jenna Grossman not pictured) at the Hub, May 4. (Photo by Hannah Yates)

Hannah Yates

May 8, 2018

American River College held its first Lavender Graduation to celebrate the accomplishments of LGBTQ+ students on April 4. A Lavender Graduation is an event that is held in addition to a college’s main graduation ceremony to provide a space for LGBTQ+ graduates to celebrate alongside their biological o...

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