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 Cermony 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. Additionally, we added a Lavender Graduating Student Ceremony. Understanding the challenging road to graduation that many students in the LGBTQA community face, 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 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.
6th Annual Pride Awards
Date: Thursday, April 30th, 2015