Office for Social Justice and Diversity Graduation Celebrations

The Office for Social Justice and Diversity (OSJD) is excited to announce our combined graduation ceremony acknowledging the academic accomplishment of our students of color and LGBTQ+ community with the Rites of Passage and Lavender Graduation Celebrations. Understanding the challenging road to graduation that many marginalized students face, this celebration gives our campus community 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. All graduating undergraduate and graduate students representing these communities are eligible to participate.

What is a Lavender Graduation?

A ceremony to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students. 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.

What is Rites of Passage?

A ceremony to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of graduating students of color. Similar ceremonies and celebrations to the Rites of Passage celebration have been held at colleges and universities over the years.