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 Commission for LGBTQ Equity for the 5th Annual Lavender Graduation Celebration on April 22, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the Mountainlair Ballrooms. Students graduating in May, August or December who would like to participate please save the date.
Graduates are asked to arrive by 2:30 p.m. Immediately following the ceremony, graduates and guests are invited to stay for an on-site reception.
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
Commission for LGBTQ Equity
Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
LGBT Alumni Group
Student Government Association