Lavender Graduations are ceremonies intended to celebrate the achievements of LGBTQ+ college and university graduates. The origin of the concept is credited to Dr. Ronni Sanlo, a pioneering LGBT educator and activist, and the first ceremony was held at the University of Michigan in 1995, under Dr. Sanlo’s tenure as Director.
Read more about the history of Lavender Graduation ceremonies here.
We celebrate graduates of both Purdue Fort Wayne and IU Fort Wayne on the Monday before Purdue Fort Wayne's Commencement. Any LGBTQIA+ student graduating during the 2021-2022 academic year (Fall 21, Spring 22, or Summer 22) is eligible to participate in the Spring 2022 Lavender Graduation.
Each graduate is presented with a lavender honor cord by the Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer, which they may wear with their academic regalia at commencement. Students are encouraged to invite friends, family, and others who helped them on their path to graduation to join us in celebrating their achievements.