Origin of the Lavender Graduation Ceremony
In 1995, the first Lavender Graduation ceremony was coordinated at the University of Michigan, by then LGBT Campus Resource Center director, Ronni Sanlo. Dr. Sanlo realized that LGBTQ+ students needed to be recognized for not only their achievements, but for surviving their college years. The graduation began as an effort for students to feel connected to their institution and celebrate their identities. Lavender Graduation is designed to support an institution’s mission of excellent service, specifically one that embraces, enhances, and celebrates the academic achievement of LGBTQ+ students and their allies.
Lavender Graduation serves as a cultural celebration that recognizes and affirms LGBTQ+ students and their allies while acknowledging their achievements and contributions to the university. Through such recognition, LGBTQ+ students and their allies are able to leave their university with a positive last experience, one that may encourage them to become involved mentors for future students, as well as financially contributing alumni.
Lavender Graduation at Texas A&M
Since 2014, the GLBT Resource Center at Texas A&M has celebrated LGBTQ+ Aggies and their allies at a Lavender Graduation ceremony held in their spring. The spring ceremony honors those graduating from Texas A&M University in the spring, summer, or fall of the current calendar year.
The 2019 Lavender Graduation celebration will be held on Friday, April 26, 2019, in the J. Wayne Stark Galleries in the Memorial Student Center on Texas A&M University’s College Station campus.
Individuals interested in participating in the 2019 Lavender Graduation ceremony should RSVP here no later than April 12th, 2019.