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Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation is an annual cultural celebration that recognizes LGBTQIAP+ students of all races and ethnicities and acknowledges their achievements, college experience, and their contributions to the university. Graduating students, including undergraduates and graduates, are invited to take part in the celebration, which occurs each year the week prior to university-wide commencement events.

The Lavender Graduation Ceremony was created by Dr. Ronni Sanlo, a Jewish Lesbian, 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. 

History/Heritage Months

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education collaborates with student organizations and campus partners to celebrate the contributions of our multicultural communities. Our programs strive to recognize and appreciate the identities of our students, faculty, and staff members through education, dialogues, and community building opportunities.