Pride Awards

Save the Date: 2018 Pride Awards & Lavender Graduation Celebration

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Location: Student Center Ballroom A
Time: 5pm-7pm 

2017 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 2017 Pride Award Recipients are:

  • Jaimee Laurie, OUTstanding Student Ally of the Year
  • Carissa Ruf, OUTstanding Faculty/Staff Ally of the Year
  • Sara Gonzalez, LGBTQ Trailblazer Award
  • The University Health Center OUTstanding Campus Partner of the Year
  • Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc., OUTstanding Student Organization of the Year
  • Jessica Mahmoud, Peer Educator of the Year
  • Austin Greitz, Stand OUT Award

2017 Pride Award Certificate Honorees

Ashley Bain, Liz Del Tufo, Damon Dixon, Dr. Christopher Donoghue, D. Felix, Dr. Sidney Gardner, Mia Henderson, Dr. Lyndal Khaw, Ame Kuhl, Justin Lemley, Matthew Lerman, Dr. Tyree Oredein, Jessica Vinci, The Rowan/Davidson Family, Femvolution, Players, Counseling and Psychological Services, and the Office of Greek Life.

About the Lavender Graduation Celebration

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.