Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Mission: Celebrating the personal and academic achievements of our students and recognizing their contributions to our campus.
Program: Welcome and remarks, Awards, Keynote Address, Recognition of Graduates, Reception with hors d'oeuvres and music.
Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that recognizes LGBTA students' contributions to the university and acknowledges their achievements during their college experience. Students are officially recognized by the institution for their leadership, success and achievement.
Lavender Graduation began in 1995 at the University of Michigan to honor the accomplishments of LGBT and ally graduates. Ronni Sanlo, the director of the resource center at that time, believed LGBT students needed their own graduation ceremony like that of other racial and ethnic minorities on campus. Since 1995, campuses across the country have hosted their own Lavender Graduations to honor the accomplishments of LGBT graduates.
The color lavender is important to LGBT history and culture as it is a combination of pink and black: the colors of triangles gay men and lesbians, respectively, were required to wear as prisoners in Nazi concentration camps. The LGBT rights movement reclaimed these symbols of hatred to create a color symbolizing pride and community.