Spectrum Center

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The Annual Lavender Graduation, also referred to as LavGrad, is a celebration to honor LGBTQ graduates of the University of Michigan.  Established by Ronni Sanlo in 1995, University of Michigan was the first commemorative event of its kind celebrated at an institution of higher learning.  This commencement ceremony acknowledges the contributions of any graduates from any school/college at the University and of any academic level.  All participants within the LGBTQ communities will receive a free rainbow 2017 tassel, a lavender cord, and a Lavender Degree.  Participating graduates are welcome to invite their loved ones to celebrate their accomplishments. To register for Lavender Graduation, please register below prior to the deadline of Sunday, April 1, 2018 at 11:59PM.

Lavender Graduation Participant Registration


We want to thank Ted and Dan Gadawski Callam for their generous gift, which has allowed Lavender Graduation to continue celebrating our growing number of LGBTQ graduates. Read more about the many ways that Ted and and Dan support the Spectrum Center through their Alumni Highlight.  


Lavender Graduation Sign-up

Lavender Graduation Event Details:
Thursday, April 26, 2018
University of Michigan Museum of Art
Doors open at 4:00PM
Ceremony 4:30 - 6:30PM
Reception 6:30 - 7:30PM

During the Lavender Graduation Ceremony, Spectrum Center recognizes the accomplishments of the graduating class by awarding several individuals and groups who have impacted the LGBTQ community. The awards categories are:

  • Cornerstone Awards 
  • Excellence in Student Leadership
  • Intersectionality Award 
  • Inspirational Influence Award
  • Outstanding Volunteer of the Year 

More details about the award descriptions can be found on the Award Nomination Form below. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, March 23, 2018 at 5:00PM.

Award Nomination Form