Lavender Graduation

Communities of Focus

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning+ and Ally Students
  • Women and Gender Studies Major, Minor, Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS), and Certificate Students
  • LGBTQ Studies Minors


Lavender Graduations started at the University of Michigan as a way to celebrate LGBTQ+ graduates, in addition to the university commencement ceremony. Mason’s Lav Grad began in 2008 for that exact same purpose. Women and Gender Studies began partnering with LGBTQ+ Resources to combine ceremonies in 2016, as there are many students shared among both and it is a common model at many other universities.


The Brian Picone Award for Leadership & Advocacy Excellence 

The Rose Pascarell and Ric Chollar Award Professional Service Award

The Feminist Leadership Award 

The Suzanne Scott Constantine Award for Excellence 

2020 Lavender Graduation

Click the names of each presenter, award recipient, or category hyperlink for video clips from this year's graduation:

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