12th annual Lavender Graduation celebrates Class of 2023 graduates


Twenty soon-to-be graduates were recently honored during Commonwealth University-Bloomsburg’s annual Lavender Graduation, a celebration of its LGBTQA community and allies for their achievements made at Bloomsburg.

Elena Brobyn-Navarro ’09/M11, academic advisor and success navigator at Northampton Community College, served as the Lavender commencement speaker. Brobyn-Navarro, who holds two degrees from Bloomsburg University, is a member of Bloomsburg’s inaugural Lavender Graduation Class of 2011.

The University of Michigan celebrated the first-ever Lavender Graduation in 1995.

Lavender Graduation Class of 2023

  • Luna Alexander, communication studies, organizational communication
  • H. Isabella Bridy, English literature and creative writing, history minor
  • Samantha Caba, communication studies
  • Aubrey Dansberry, psychology
  • Corina DeJesus, social work
  • Javaugh Dutton, theatre
  • Joshua Escalante, Master of Social Work
  • Christine Fritz, psychology and art studio, concentrations in drawing and printmaking
  • Megan Grebeck, communication studies
  • Sabine Harvey, psychology and art studio, gender studies minor
  • Jack Heroux-Skirbst, music
  • Kelly McGlade, English creative writing, history and literature minors
  • Maya Nunna, social work, ASL and criminal justice minors
  • Meredith Reed, anthropology, natural history minor
  • Alex Ruddy, communication studies, interpersonal concentration, languages and cultures with a focus in Mandarin Chinese
  • Abigail Stoudt, media and journalism, public relations track
  • Marriah Thomas, business administration and communication studies, organizational communication
  • Kas Travis, social work, gender studies minor
  • Paige Treibley, art studio
  • Elizabeth Wagner, creative writing


Lavender Graduation '23