LGBTQ Events

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

LGBTQ Reception 2019

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.

Bayard Rustin Community Breakfast

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.

Babson's Lavender Graduation

The 2023 Lavender Graduation at Babson College will be held on April 26, 2023 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 pm at the Glavin Family Chapel. 

Please register HERE to attend the 2023 Lavender Graduation.

Don’t forget to nominate an undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty member, staff member or alumni or friend for a Pride Award. Nominations are open until April 14, 2023

History of Babson’s Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation is an annual celebration for all LGBTQ+ students, including allies, recognizing the tremendous achievements of Babson’s graduating students. For over 10 years, Babson has held Lavender Graduation as part of the larger national celebration.

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.   

2020: Dave Childers '83, Co-Founder Gay and Lesbian Alliance
 Alok Vaid-Menon, writer and performance artist
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 Award

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 Award.

Nominations are currently open for these awards.

Boston Pride Parade 2017

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.

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