Since its inception in May of 2000, Rainbow Graduation has celebrated the achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students, as well as their advocates.

This annual event honors both undergraduate and graduate/professional students who graduate in the Fall or Spring semester. Rainbow Graduation features UI faculty, staff, students, and community members, and is followed by a reception.



To our 2021 Rainbow Graduates,

Many congratulations on your quick approach to graduation! We are excited to highlight YOU and your accomplishments

This year, we will be hosting a hybrid (in-person and virtual) outdoor ceremony on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at 7:00pm CT, weather pending. We will also share a celebratory graduation video, highlighting you and your fellow wonderful graduates. In addition to the graduation ceremony and video, we will have an opportunity for you to participate in a social media graduate spotlight. In the registration form below, you will be prompted to upload a photo of yourself (just you, if possible!) and a mini bio. If you wish to be acknowledged privately rather than publicly, we are happy to do so, and will have a place for you to indicate this wish in the form.

2021 Rainbow Graduate registrations are due by 11:59pm on Friday, April 30, 2021.

Click to register as a 2021 Rainbow Graduate

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this celebration, email Emma Welch in advance at


To our Rainbow Graduation supporters,

We appreciate you rooting on our 2021 Rainbow Graduates! In line with the University's COVID-19 guidelines, we will have a limited occupancy to the in-person ceremony, on an invitation-only basis. Although we cannot all be in person together, you will all still have an opportunity to cheer from the virtual sidelines! We will be hosting a livestream of Rainbow Graduation 2021 on the Pride Alliance Center Instagram and Facebook accounts (@uiowapridehouse) as well as the YouTube channel (


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Emma Welch at


Rainbow Graduation 2021 is in partnership with the Pride Alliance Center, Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement, Vice President for Student Life, Division of Student Life, Office of the Dean of Students, and Center for Advancement.