What is Lavender Graduation?
Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on many campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ+) students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to their institutions. The Lavender Graduation Ceremony was created by Dr. Ronni Sanlo. She 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 with three graduates.
By 2001, there were over 45 Lavender Graduation ceremonies at colleges and universities nationwide. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Spectrum: LGBTQ and Allies of Wichita State University came together to put on the first Lavender Graduation during the month of GAYpril (April) in 2015 with four graduates. In addition, our first keynote speaker was Stacey Mann, lecturer for the School of Social Work. We are excited to continue to celebrate our graduates and look forward to the growth of the program.
8th Annual Lavender Graduation
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Spectrum: LGBTQ & Allies invites graduating LGBTQ+ students to the 8th annual Lavender Graduation. This is a special ceremony that honors the achievements of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ+) students at Wichita State University.
PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU RSVP:
All eligible graduates will be able to opt-in to this celebration by RSVPing in the following form. We respect the privacy and discretion of those individuals who do not wish to be recognized as well, which will be indicated in the form. For those who opt-in, the form will request information, such as your name, major(s), minor(s) and a high-definition photo. Please take this time to find a high-definition photo before you begin the RSVP form.
You MUST RSVP by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 25 to receive your lavender or rainbow cord. NO RSVPS WILL BE TAKEN AFTER THE DEADLINE.