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Lavender Graduation

Thursday, 24 April, 2014

Join us to celebrate the accomplishnents of our graduating LGBTQQIA students at UT's 3rd Annual Lavender Graduation!

Refreshments will be served.

Attire: Casual to Business Casual

Sponsored by OUTreach: LGBT & Ally Resource Center, OUTstanding Seminar, Commission for LGBT People, Lambda Student Union, Lambda Law Society, and the Office of the VC for Diversity

If you will be graduating in spring, summer, or fall 2014 and would like to participate, please complete the form located at

If you are friends, family, or supporters of the LGBTQQIA community and would like to attend, please RSVP at the link above.

If you cannot attend, but wish to contribute to funding this event, please donate at  This year's suggested donation is $20.14 or $201.40 or $2014.00 in honor of our 2014 graduates.

Origin of Lavender Graduation

In 1995, the first Lavender Graduation ceremony was coordinated at the University of Michigan by then LGBT Campus Resource Center director Ronni Sanlo.  Dr. Sanlo realized that LGBT students needed to be recognized for "not only their achievements but for surviving their college years" (Sanlo, 2000).  The graduation began as an effort for students to feel connected to their institution and celebrate their identity, which are similar reasons for ethnic groups hosting their own graduation ceremonies. 

Dr. Sanlo is currently the Director at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) LGBT Resource Center.  When Dr. Sanlo became director at UCLA, she immediately coordinated their first Lavender Graduation in spring 1998. Currently, fifty-nine of The Advocate Top 100 LGBT Friendly Colleges and Universities sponsor a Lavender ceremony (Windmeyer, 2006).

Sanlo, R. (2000). Lavender Graduation: acknowledging the lives and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender college students. Journal of College Student Development, 41(6), pp. 643-646.

Windmeyer, S. L.  (2006).  The Advocate College Guide For LGBT Students.  New York, NY: Alyson Books.




Hodges Library, Mary Greer Room
1015 Volunteer Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37996

Event Contact

Donna Braquet

Phone: 865-974-7803
Website: Click to Visit

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