Pride Awards

Save the Date for the 2016 Pride Awards

7th Annual Pride Awards 

Date: Thursday, April 28th, 2016
Location: Student Center Dining Room
Time: 5pm-7pm 

2016 Pride Certificate Honorees


  • Jessica Bustamante
  • Leah Collie
  • Amanda Davalos
  • Johanna Durazzi
  • Julie Fleming
  • Sara Gonzalez
  • Austin Greitz
  • Mia Henderson
  • Ebony Jackson
  • Shane Jones-Rust
  • Jaimee Laurie
  • Kelsea Rowan
  • Carissa Ruf
  • CalvinJohn Smiley, Ph.D.
  • Jules Weiss

Student Organizations

  • Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity
  • Players
  • The Brotherhood La Hermandad


  • Campus Recreation
  • Center for Advising and Student Transitions
  • Center for Student Involvement
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Office of Greek Life
  • University Health Center 




2016 Pride Award Recipients

OUTstanding Ally of the Year (Faculty/Staff)
Emily Cordero

OUTstanding Ally of the Year (Student)
Damon Dixon

LGBTQ Trailblazer Award
Kelsea Rowan

OUTstanding Student Organization of the Year
Theta Delta Sigma

OUTstanding Campus Partner of the Year
Health Promotion

StandOUT Award
Susan Graziano

Peer Educator of the Year
Mia Henderson & Ashley Bain

Each Spring, the LGBTQ Center at Montclair State University hosts its annual Pride Awards Ceremony recognizing outstanding individuals for their contributions to the LGBTQ and campus community. This tradition began in 2010 and was known as the "Ally Awards," with two awards: Student Ally of the Year and Faculty/Staff Ally of the Year. In 2013, the Ceremony became the "Pride Awards" and a third award was introduced: the LGBTQ Trailblazer Award.

In 2014, four new awards were added: OUTstanding Campus Partner of the Year, OUTstanding Student Organization of the Year, OUTstanding Peer Educator of the Year, and the Stand OUT Award.

Understanding the challenging road to graduation that many students in the LGBTQA community face, we also began hosting a Graduation Celebration att the awards. This ceremony, commonly referred to as "lavender graduation," gives MSU graduating students, family, friends, faculty, staff, administrators, peers, and allies the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of each graduate and their contribution to the diversity of our campus community at the conclusion of the undergraduate or graduate journey. As part of the ceremony, each graduate receives a graduation certificate and a lavender cord. All graduating LGBTQA+ undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate. 

Lavender Graduation was created in 1995 by Ronni Sanlo at the University of Michigan and has since been implemented at colleges and universities all across the country each year.