Lavender Graduation & Awards

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024
5:00 - 7:15 p.m.
Michigan Union, Rogel Ballroom

Lavender Graduationβ€”or LavGradβ€”celebrates and honors LGBTQIA2S+ graduates and allies at the University of Michigan. Established by Ronni Sanlo in 1995, the inaugural Lavender Graduation at the University of Michigan was the first graduation celebration of its kind anywhere. Since then, it has inspired over 500 other schools to do the same.

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View and download photos

View and download LavGrad photos from Spectrum Center's Facebook pageβ€”No login required! Or share our Instagram grid posts to your story, and more.

These photos are copyrighted by Michigan Photography and the University of Michigan. To purchase, print, or use these photos, contact Michigan Photography directly or visit to find this image in their public web gallery.

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About Lavender Graduation

We warmly invite all our graduates to join us at the ceremony, but attendance is not required to be a part of the Lavender Class. 

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Lavender Class and eligibility

All LGBTQIA2S+ students who have graduated or will graduate from August 2023 to December 2024 are welcome to register for Lavender Graduation in April 2024. Students may register to receive Lavender Graduation regalia and giveaways (rainbow tassel, lavender cord, Lavender Graduation certificate, etc) without opting in to the ceremony itself.


Held each April, hundreds of Lavender Class graduates and supporters come together to celebrate their achievements. The approximately two hour program includes a keynote, presentation of graduates, announcement of award winners, and a reception. Those choosing to attend the ceremony may invite up to two guests.

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Nominate a person or group for an award

During the Lavender Graduation ceremony, we recognize the accomplishments of the graduating class by awarding several individuals and groups who have impacted the LGBTQ community. The awards categories are:

  • Ronni Sanlo Cornerstone Award
  • Excellence in Student Leadership
  • Intersectional Advocacy Award 
  • Inspirational Influence Award
  • Outstanding Volunteer of the Year 


Have any questions?

Contact [email protected].