Here is our shared Graduation Celebrations registration form !

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Krista Stites at or Office of Multicultural Affairs at

Lavender Graduation for the 2021 academic year will take place virtually the week of April 19th.

Registration for Lavender Graduation will close on April 12th at 11:59 p.m. 


Outstanding LGBTQIA+ Graduate Award


This award is given to an exceptional student graduating in the Fall or Winter semester of 2021 (undergraduate or graduate) who self-identifies as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. We seek to recognize a student who has excelled in leadership and academically during their time at Grand Valley. We accept both external and self-nominations.

Candidate Criteria: 

  1. Must be graduating from GVSU in 2021 (undergraduate or graduate). 
  2. Must show impressive participation in extracurricular activities in the GVSU community and/or Grand Rapids community. 
  3. Must demonstrate exceptional ability to balance both academic responsibility and extracurriculars. 


Nominations will be reviewed by the Academic Awards Subcommittee of the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center Support Committee. The award recipient will be notified in April and recognized virtually the week of Lavender Graduation April 19th-23rd.

Nominations will be open on March 1st and close on April 12th at 11:59 p.m. 

Nominations can be made here!

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

Program: Asynchronous Virtual Recognition 

Cultural Context
Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that recognizes LGBTQIA+ 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
Lavender Graduation began in 1995 at the University of Michigan to honor the accomplishments of LGBT and allied 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.