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Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation Celebration is a commencement ceremony designed to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and allied students for their strength and persistence, as well as their achievements and contributions to the University. 

The first Lavender Graduation was held in 1995 at the University of Michigan by Dr. Ronni Sanlo. Once denied the opportunity to attend the graduations of her biological children because of her sexual orientation, she came to understand the commonly felt rejection and discouragement experienced by her students. 

Today, Lavender Graduations are held across the country. West Virginia University held its first Lavender Graduation on April 26, 2014 in the Kennedy Club Room at the Erickson Alumni Center. 

Please join the West Virginia University Commission for LGBTQ Equity for the 3rd Annual Lavender Graduation Celebration on May 1, 2016 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Ruby Grand Ballroom at the Erickson Alumni Center. Students graduating in May, August or December who would like to participate should RSVP here.

Graduates are asked to arrive by 3 p.m. Immediately following the ceremony, graduates and guests are invited to stay for an on-site reception.  

This year, we are beginning a new project in which graduates may design a small memorial to their time at WVU. We encourage you to create and submit a virtual quilt square. Please follow this link for tools you can use to create a square that will become become part of the larger, ever-growing LGBTQ quilt at WVU.

This quilt is designed to reflect the cultural legacy of Appalachia, as well as the rich tapestry of student life at the University. We hope it will grow with every year, providing a touchstone for each of you as you go out into the world, reminding you of your journey and accomplishments.

For questions about Lavender Graduation, please contact  LGBTQ@mail.wvu.edu.  

This year's event is sponsored by:
Office of the Provost
Office of Student Life
Center for Women's & Gender Studies
Commission for LGBTQ Equity
Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
LGBT Alumni Group
OUTLaw
SHAPE
Student Government Association
Spectrum