Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation logo with rainbow

Lavender Graduation is a celebration that recognizes LBGT students’ contributions to the university and acknowledges their achievements throughout their college experience. Students are recognized for their leadership, success, and achievement. This is also an opportunity to recognize faculty, staff, or WMU groups who have made a significant contribution to the LBGT community at WMU.

9th Annual Lavender Graduation 2019 - April 10, 2019, 6 p.m. at Fetzer Center, room 1040.


Lavender Graduation is open to all graduating LGBT students. This event is hosted only once a year. Those graduating in Fall or Summer semesters may elect to participate in the Spring Lavender Graduation before or after their expected graduation. Graduating students who wish to participate in Lavender Graduation must register by 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2019.


In addition to awarding certificates to the graduating students, up to five awards may be presented. The awarding categories include:

  • Dr. Jim Croteau Campus Advocacy Award
  • Emerging Leader Award
  • Lambda Leadership Award
  • Stonewall Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership

Awards may recognize students, faculty, staff, administrators or groups. Anyone is welcome to nominate people or groups who fit the criteria for the award. A selection committee composed of students, staff and administrators will decide award winners. Nominations are due by 5 p.m., March 29, 2019.

apply for a student scholarship

Returning students are eligible to apply for one of three available $750 scholarships. Scholarship funds are made possible through fundraising efforts. Applications for scholarships will open spring 2018. Scholarship applications are now open. Returning students who wish to apply for a scholarship must turn in and complete their application by 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2019.