LGBTQ+ PRIDE CENTER
The Lavender Graduation Celebration is a cultural celebration that brings together the entire student body, faculty, staff and former students to recognize, affirm and celebrate the accomplishments for graduating LGBTQ+ undergraduate and graduate students and their allies. The ceremony also recognizes the students' contributions to Texas A&M University. The Lavender Graduation Celebration has been observed during the spring semester at Texas A&M since 2014 and honors those graduating in the spring, summer, or fall of the current calendar year.
In 1995, the first Lavender Graduation ceremony was coordinated at the University of Michigan by then LGBTQ Campus Resource Center director, Ronnie 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 achievements of LGBTQ+ students and their allies.
2020 - Hon. Annise Parker, President & CEO, LGBTQ Victory Fund & Institute
2019 - Dr. Robin Means Coleman, Texas A&M University Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity
2018 - Deiadra Burns, ‘84
2017 - Dr. Patrick Lukingbeal '06 & '08
2016 - Mike Holloman '94
2015 - William Jardell '13, America's Next Top Model Contestant
2014 - Judge Phyllis Frye '70, First Openly Transgender Judge in the United States
2023 Lavender Graduation Celebration
The 9th annual Lavender Graduation Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2023, with a reception for the graduates and their guests at 3 p.m. The ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Stark Galleries and include addresses from university administrators, and the Aggie Pride LGBTQ Network.
Texas A&M University students graduating during spring, summer or fall 2023 should use the form below to RSVP for the Lavender Graduation Celebration no later than Thursday, March 16, 2023.