Community Events

Annual Babson traditions that celebrate and honor our LGBTQ+ community and their allies.

LGBTQ+ Welcome Reception

Each fall, during the first week of classes, we hold a celebratory event to welcome the newest student, faculty and staff members of our LGBTQ+ community and their allies.

LGBTQ+ History Month

Each October, a variety of programs and events are held on and off campus, by and for students, faculty, staff and alumni. Learn more about Heritage Months and Observances at Babson »

Bayard Rustin Community Breakfast

Each spring, Babson community members attend this inspiring event, which draws on the spirit of Bayard Rustin’s work in human rights, civil rights, and social activism. It is the longest-running event honoring Bayard Rustin’s legacy in the country. The event is a fundraiser for Boston AIDS Action Committee and a great way to connect with the LGBTQ+ and ally community in Boston.

Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation is a celebration honoring LGBTQ+ and ally students and recognizing their achievements and contributions to the College. Babson’s 6th annual Lavender Graduation was held on Thursday, April 26th, 2018 with over 100 Babson community members in attendance.

Learn about the origin of Lavender Graduation and view a list of U.S. colleges and universities that celebrate Lavender Graduation.

Keynote Speakers

Honored guests reflect on their journey as a member of the LGBTQ+ community and provide a motivational address to mark this significant milestone.

2018: Kadia Tubman ’04, writer and journalist
2017: Kit Yan ’06, CEO of Kit Yan Productions
2016: Aaron Walton ’83, co-founder of Walton Isaacson (WI) Advertising Agency
2015: Sara Schnorr, attorney and member of the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Association
2014: Dr. Thomas Bourdon ’98, diversity & inclusion consultant and trainer

Pride Awards

At Lavender Graduation we also honor students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends of the College who have made significant contributions to Babson and/or the greater LGBTQ+ community through the Pride Awards. View a full list of award recipients »

Boston Pride Parade

Saturday, June 9, 2018 marked the sixth consecutive year that members of the Babson community have marched in the annual Boston Pride Parade.