Lavender Graduation (or Lav Grad for short) is an annual ceremony conducted to honor LGBTQIA2S+ students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the University. All students, including cisgender, heterosexual students, are welcome to partake in the celebration.
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 year as we celebrate our graduates as a Pride Center family.
Registration is now open for Fall 2021 graduates. Please register by November 15, 2021.
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Fall 2021 Lavender Graduation
- Safe Zone
- LGBTQ+ Advisory Council
- Mentor/Mentee Program
- Sylvia Rivera Leadership Series
- The Marsha P. Johnson & Sylvia Rivera Legacy Award
- Trans Week of Visibility
- Lavender Graduation
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- Volunteer with Us
- Links and Resources
- Institutional Policies
- Gender-Neutral Bathrooms Map