Spectrum Center

Lavender Graduation, presented by the Spectrum Center

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Time: 5:00 - 7:15 p.m.
Location: Michigan Union, Rogel Ballroom

Register as a graduate Submit award nomination

The annual Lavender Graduation—known affectionately as LavGrad—is a celebration to honor LGBTQ+ graduates of the University of Michigan. Established by Ronni Sanlo in 1995, the inaugural LavGrad at the University of Michigan was the first commemorative event of its kind held at an institution of higher learning. This commencement ceremony celebrates the contributions of any graduate from any program at the university and of any academic level.


Nominate a person or group for an award

During the Lavender Graduation ceremony, the 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 Award
  • Excellence in Student Leadership
  • Intersectional Advocacy Award 
  • Inspirational Influence Award
  • Outstanding Volunteer of the Year 

Submit award nominations by Sunday, March 19th at 11:59 PM


Register to attend LavGrad and/or receive regalia

All LGBTQ+ students who have graduated or will graduate August 2022 - April 2023 are welcome to register for Lavender Graduation. Those choosing to attend the ceremony may invite up to two guests. 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.

Register as a graduate by Sunday, March 26th at 11:59 PM.