Students and staff of Montclair State posing for a picture at a parade.

Pride Awards & Lavender Graduation

2018 Pride Award Recipients

Each Spring, the LGBTQ Center at Montclair State University hosts its annual Pride Awards Ceremony recognizing outstanding individuals, student organizations and departments for their contributions to the LGBTQ and campus community. The 2018 Pride Award Recipients are:

  •  OUTstanding Ally of the Year (Student): Lauree Klein & Michelle Guzik
  • OUTstanding Ally of the Year (Faculty/Staff): Suzanne Pasquino
  • OUTstanding Student Organization: Justice for Education
  • OUTstanding Campus Partner: Center for Student Involvement
  • LGBTQ Trailblazer Award: Evan Weisberg
  • StandOUT Award: Karmyn Ramirez
  • Peer Educator of the Year: The 2017 – 2018 Peer Educators of the LGBTQ Center

2018 Pride Award Certificate Honorees

Prof. Claudia Cortese, Dr. Sidney Gardner, Joseph Scarpa, Genicka Voltaire, & the Production and Design Theatre Dept.


About the Lavender Graduation Celebration

The LGBTQ Center is excited to announce that we will be once again celebrating and recognizing the accomplishments of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students at our Office for Social Justice and Diversity Graduate Recognition Ceremony on Sunday, May 12, 2019 in the Student Center Ballrooms.

All graduating LGBTQ+ undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate. As part of the ceremony, each graduate will receive a graduation certificate and a lavender cord.

Understanding the challenging road to graduation that many students in the LGBTQA community face, we also began hosting a Lavender Graduation Celebration at the awards in 2013. This ceremony, commonly referred to as “lavender graduation,” gives Montclair State 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.