As more public universities are exposed for catering to “woke” ideals, many around Texas are holding separate graduation ceremonies for students based on their sexual orientation. 

Last week, Texas Scorecard exposed Texas Tech University for receiving a 5-star rating from an LGBTQ index and holding a ceremony specifically for LGBTQ students. It has since been revealed that at least nine other public universities in Texas hold similar ceremonies. 

Here is a list of Texas universities that host similar ceremonies:

  • University of North Texas
  • University of Texas
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Texas at Dallas 
  • University of Texas at San Antonio
  • University of Houston
  • Texas State University
  • Texas A&M University 
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • Sam Houston State University

“Each day we learn of more ways Texas universities are indoctrinating our youth and attacking family values,” said Brady Gray, president of Texas Family Project. “These events diminish the hard work of the students and reduce them to ideological mascots. Lavender graduations are an affront to the hardworking Texans who are forced to fund these indoctrination camps with their tax dollars.”

According to the Campus Pride Index, which rates universities by their “LGBTQ friendliness,” UTD, Texas Tech, and UTA hold 5-star ratings. The University of Houston has a rating of 4.5, and Texas State University has a 3.5. 

UTD’s website offers resources specifically for its LGBTQ population, such as gender-inclusive housing and “SAFE ZONE Ally Trainings.” The university also allows students to change their preferred name and gender marker in the university’s system. 

At the University of Texas, the Gender and Sexuality Center presents students with documents on how to best use pronouns and create “gender-inclusive” restrooms. Its Counseling and Mental Health Center can also write letters for students seeking “gender-affirming” services such as hormone therapy and mutilative surgeries.

The University of Houston offers multiple scholarships tailored to students who identify as LGBTQ. The university’s LGBTQ Resource Center also co-sponsors an “LGBTQ Ally Leadership Program.” In the program, willing participants can earn an “Ally Leadership” certificate for completing courses that teach students how to be an ally on campus. 

All Texas public universities are governed by a board of regents appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott and confirmed by the Texas Senate.

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.