What is Lavender Graduation?

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What: Lavender Graduation

When: Wednesday, April 3; 7:30 p.m. LGBTQIA Reception; 8 p.m. Awards and Dessert Reception

Where: University Center Tennessee Room

Admission: RSVP is required at bit.ly/lavgradUTC19 

Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the University.

The Lavender Graduation Ceremony was created by Dr. Ronni Sanlo, a Jewish Lesbian, who was denied the opportunity to attend the graduations of her biological children because of her sexual orientation. It was through this experience that she came to understand the pain felt by her students.

Encouraged by the Dean of Students at the University of Michigan, Dr. Sanlo designed the first Lavender Graduation Ceremony in 1995. The first Lavender Graduation began at the University of Michigan in 1995, with three graduates. By 2001, there were over 45 Lavender Graduation Ceremonies at Colleges and Universities nationwide.

Graduating students, including undergraduates and graduates, are invited to take part in the celebration.


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