Lavender Graduates Ceremony

Lavender Graduation

The LGBTQ Center incorporated the Lavender Graduates Ceremony into it's annual Pride Awards in 2014. Understanding the challenging road to graduation that many students in the LGBTQA community face, this ceremony celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied+ (LGBTQA) students, and provides MSU graduating students, family, friends, faculty, 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 their undergraduate or graduate journey.

Each graduate that participates in the ceremony will receive a graduation certificate and a lavender cord. 
All graduating LGBTQA undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate. 

Interested in participating in the 2014 Lavener Graduate Ceremony? Submit this form by midnight on Friday, April 18th. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I attend both Lavender Graduates Ceremony and Commencement?
Yes! We encourage students to attend their school’s convocation ceremonies and university commencement as well. Our ceremony is scheduled so that will not conflict with any other graduation ceremony.

How can I participate in the Lavender Graduates Ceremony?
Submit this form by midnight on Friday, April 18th. 

Can straight allies participate in the Lavender Graduates Ceremony?
Yes! Straight allies are definitely welcome to participate in our Lavender Graduates Ceremony. You do not have to identify as LGBTQ in order to participate.

What should I bring/wear to the Lavender Graduates Ceremony?
Students should feel confortable wearing whatever they wish, however business causal is fine. Students are not expected to wear their graduation cap and gowns.

What should I not bring to Lavender Graduates Ceremony?
Please do not bring air horns, megaphones, or any other items that make loud, disruptive noises. Please advise your guests to do the same.

Should I attend the Pride Awards as well? 
The Lavender Graduates Ceremony is a segment of our Pride Awards event. We hope you will be able to join us for the entire event. 

Can I invite family and friends to the event?
Yes! We hope that you will invite your families, friends, and faculty members to witness your successes!  

Who started this type of ceremony?
This celebration was created in 1995 by Ronni Sanlo at the University of Michigan. Also known as “Lavender Graduation,” this ceremony takes place at colleges and universities across the nation.