- Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
- Strand Union Building - view map
The Diversity Awareness Office is holding a Lavender Celebration to recognize the achievements and contributions of graduating LGBTQIA students and allies. MSU's 2nd annual Lavender Celebration will include speakers, awards, individual recognition of participating graduates, awarding of lavender honor cords to be worn at the university commencement ceremony, and a reception to follow.
The MSU Lavender Celebration will take place on Thursday, May 4th at 4 p.m. Twenty-two graduating students (students graduating in May 2017 or December 2017) who identify as part of the LGBTQIA community or as allies of the LGBTQIA community will be recognized at this celebration. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.
Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the University. The Lavender Celebration was based on the Lavender Graduation Ceremony created by Dr. Ronni Sanlo who was denied the opportunity to attend the graduations of her biological children because of her sexual orientation. It was through this experience that she came to understand the pain felt by her students. Encouraged by the Dean of Students at the University of Michigan, Dr. Sanlo designed the first Lavender Graduation Ceremony in 1995. By 2001, there were over 45 Lavender Graduation Ceremonies at Colleges and Universities nationwide. (Human Rights Campaign)