Lavender Graduation

lavender graduation flyer

Registration/RSVP is required at the following link: http://bit.ly/lavgradUTC

Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Location: Multicultural Center (352 University Center)

7:30 p.m. LGBTQIA Reception - Women and Gender Equity Center (350 UC)

8 p.m. Awards - Multicultural Center (352 UC)

9 p.m. Dessert Reception - Women and Gender Equity Center (350 UC)

 

 


What is Lavender Graduation?

Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on college campuses around the country to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the University.

The Lavender Graduation Ceremony was created by Ronni Sanlo, a Jewish Lesbian, who was denied the opportunity to attend the graduations of her biological children because of her sexual orientation. It was through this experience that she came to understand the pain felt by her students. Encouraged by the Dean of Students at the University of Michigan, Sanlo designed the first Lavender Graduation Ceremony in 1995.

The first Lavender Graduation was at the University of Michigan in 1995, with three graduates. By 2001, there were more than 45 Lavender Graduation ceremonies at colleges and universities nationwide. Graduating students, including undergraduates and graduates, are invited to take part in the celebration.