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
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 LGBTQ+ Center for the 6th Annual Lavender Graduation Celebration on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. at the Mountainlair Ballrooms. Students graduating in May, August or December who would like to participate please save the date.
To Register for Lavender Graduation 2019, please use this link:
For questions about Lavender Graduation, please contact LGBTQ@mail.wvu.edu.
Office of the Provost
Office of Student Life
Center for Women's & Gender Studies
Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
LGBT Alumni Group
Student Government Association