Lavender Graduation

Thursday, April 22, 2021
All day

Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that recognizes LGBTQIA+ students' contributions to the university and acknowledges their achievements during their college experience. This year's celebration will include weeklong virtual recognition with various acknowledgements and highlights of our graduates. Join the celebration via our social media accounts and on our webpage!


Historical Context
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.

This event is recurring on Friday, April 23, 2021.

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Social media and the LGBT Resource Center's webpage

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This event was added to the calendar by Mark St Amour ( on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 and was last updated on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 10:12 a.m.