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Lavender Graduation Honors LGBT Student Contribution

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Tiffany Eckert
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Seven University of Oregon students were honored during a special ceremony on Sunday. The Lavender Graduation acknowledges the achievements and campus contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students.

The event began with a moment of silence in honor of the people killed and wounded in the Sunday morning mass shooting in Orlando.

Then, one at a time, LGBT graduating students faced the small crowd and a loved one spoke about them.

Kalie Solomon is graduating with a major in Women and Gender Studies. She was active in the Gender Inclusive Bathroom Campaign on campus. Alyssa Golditch held back tears as she talked about her best friend.

Golditch: "When I asked Kalie's family and friends to describe her only using one word, I found myself overcome with emotions for each of them reflected something that I too see in Kalie. To all of them Kalie is unique, benevolent, sarcastic, inspirational, a beautiful soul, free, champion, loyal and to me, home."

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The Lavender Graduation was held in Knight Library at the U of O.

Each student received a rainbow colored graduation stole. This is the 20th year the U of O has held the Lavender Graduation.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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