Nominations sought for LBGTA awards program

Contact: Jeanne Baron
Photo of a diploma tied with a lavender ribbon.

Lavender Graduation will be held Thursday, April 24.

KALAMAZOO—Nominations are being accepted through Sunday, March 16, for awards that will be presented during Western Michigan University's 2014 Lavender Graduation, set for 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in 105-107 Bernhard Center.

The graduation event began last year to acknowledge the academic achievements of WMU's lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender students and their allies. It also is an opportunity to recognize the contributions LBGTA students make to the University and the contributions WMU organizations and faculty and staff members make to the campus LBGTA community.

In addition to graduating seniors receiving certificates, Lavender Graduation features the presentation of two scholarships, which are open to any WMU student who will be enrolled in fall 2014, as well as up to five awards in two categories.


  • Bronco Pride Campus Advocacy Award
  • Emerging Leader Award
  • Lambda Leadership Award
  • Outstanding Ally Award
  • Stonewall Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership

Nominations for each award are being accepted in the individual category as well as the unit, team and organization category. WMU students, employees, units and organizations are eligible to receive the awards, and anyone on or off campus may make a nomination.

For more information or to obtain a scholarship application or an award nomination form and guidelines, visit or call the Office of LBGT Student Services at (269) 387-2123.