Lavender Graduation (or Lav Grad) is an annual ceremony to honor LGBTQ+ students and to acknowledge our achievements and contributions to the University. All students, including cisgender and heterosexual students are welcome to join us in celebrating this milestone.
The Lavender Graduation Ceremony was created by Dr. 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, Dr. Sanlo designed the first Lavender Graduation Ceremony in 1995.
Join us each semester as we celebrate our graduates and recognize their achievements.