Three Rivers holds Second Annual Lavender Graduation

On Thursday, April 18, Three Rivers held the second annual Lavender Graduation, paying tribute to students and their ally supporters for living their authentic lives. Three Rivers President Mary Ellen Jukoski and Academic Dean Robert Farinelli spoke and honored the LGBT+ students and their allies.

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Professor Phil Mayer receives the outstanding LBGT Advocacy Award from Hannah Cianciolo.

The keynote speaker was local activist Glen Pannell, also known as Mike “Hot” Pence. He discussed what led him to activism and encouraged students to make a difference if they have the chance. He also stressed focusing on your passion even when it is not well received.

The event also featured a special presentation. On behalf of SIGMA, the Sexual Identity and Gender Minority Advocates student organization, Hannah Cianciolo presented Professor Philip Mayer with the outstanding LBGT Advocacy Award for his support to the student organization.

This year students participating in the Lavender Graduation included Hannah Cianciolo, Kinsley Green and Elise Sperry. In 2018, Three Rivers was the first community college in Connecticut to hold this ceremony.

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