What is Rainbow Reception

Rainbow Reception is a celebratory event for graduating seniors and graduate students! Those who choose to participate receive commemorative graduation honor cords for use during the college graduation ceremony if they wish. The event features music, light refreshments, and remarks by special guests. Family and friends are also welcome to attend.

You don't need to be gay or graduating to attend! While the event celebrates our LGBTQ+ graduates anyone who wishes to show support to our LGBTQ+ graduates are welcome. 

Rainbow Reception Frequently Asked Questions

The 2024 Rainbow Reception will take place on Thursday, April 18th, 2024 in Emerson Suites in the Campus Center. 

Registration for the event will open in early spring.

Anyone who wishes to celebrate the accomplishments of our LGBTQ+ and allied seniors and graduate students are welcome at the upcoming Rainbow Reception.

Registration will open in early spring.

Anyone can attend to support the graduating seniors and graduate students being honored! The more the merrier!

Now! The Rainbow Reception is held once each year and honors all students graduating in spring, summer, fall, or winter 2023 or 2024.

YES! Please invite whomever you want! Whoever will make this celebration meaningful for you be it family, friends, professors, advisors, etc. 

Graduating seniors and graduate students who choose to participate receive special rainbow-colored graduation honor cords, or honor stoles for graduate students. We invite honorees to make brief comments if they wish. The event features music, light refreshments, and remarks by special guests.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Crissi Dalfonzo, LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services director, at cdalfonzo@ithaca.edu.We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.