Awards & Ceremonies

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion recognizes members of Wichita State University who have demonstrated commitment to community leadership, academic excellence and service in promoting diversity and inclusion.

Drum Major Award
The person who receives the Drum Major Award seeks greatness, but does so through service and love.
Stephanie Mott Living Authentically Award
The Stephanie Mott Living Authentically Award recognizes the leadership, vision and commitment of a faculty, staff or graduate assistant to the LGBTQ+ communities at Wichita State University.
Unity Award

The Unity Award is given to an individual who has gone above and beyond to support the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's mission and has a commitment to diversity at Wichita State University.

Annual Celebrations

Each year, we acknowledge the value and uniqueness of our underrepresented student experiences by honoring them through various celebrations. These ceremonies serve to commemorate and highlight the accomplishments of Wichita State University's diverse students.

Kente stoles laying across a table.
Student receiving a certificate of achievement.
The Academic Excellence Celebration recognizes Wichita State University's diverse students in honoring their academic excellence.
A graduation cake with rainbow colors streaked above a cloud.
Lavender Graduation is a special ceremony that honors the achievements of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ+) students at Wichita State University.
Students taking a picture together while wearing Kente stoles.

The Multicultural Graduation Celebration is a longstanding tradition at Wichita State University that honors our graduates and their rite of passage.