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Lavender Graduation 2013

Date and Time

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


  • 2204 Kirkhof Center



If you are graduating and interested in participating, please RSVP with to:

Your preferred name (which will go on the slide show, program and your certificate):
Major and minor:
Are you graduating with honors (cum laude)? If so, what honor?:
Any campus involvement:
And if you would like to thank anyone:

Mission: Celebrating the personal and academic achievements of our students and recognizing their contributions to our campus.

Program: Welcome and remarks, Awards, Keynote Address by a graduating senior, Recognition of Graduates, Distribution of gifts to graduates, Reception with hors d'oeuvres and music.

Cultural Context
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.

Historical Context
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.

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.

This event is co-sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Women's Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Dean of Students Office, Women and Gender Studies, LGBT Faculty and Staff Association, and the Office of Inclusion and Equity.



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