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Lavender Graduation

Sunday, May 6th, 2018 from 4pm-6pm in Stone Center Hitchcock Room


About Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation is a commencement ceremony honoring Sexuality Studies minors, graduating LGBTIQA+ identified students, and their allies. It is a cultural celebration that acknowledges the achievements and contributions that students of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions have made. Undergraduate student and graduate/professional student winners of the LGBTIQ Advocacy Award are announced during the ceremony.



In keeping with UNC policy, you are eligible to participate in the 2018 ceremony if you graduate in December, 2017 or May, 2018. We encourage graduates to invite their friends, families and loved ones. Everyone is invited to attend this celebratory catered ceremony.

Registration to participate in Lavender Graduation closes on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 11:59pm.

Graduating and want to participate? Sign up here.


LGBTIQ Advocacy Awards 

This award recognizes contributions to or advocacy on behalf of the LGBTIQ communities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Individuals who are graduating and who have contributed in one or more of the following ways are eligible for consideration:

  • Elevated the status of LGBTIQ-identified persons and/or allies;
  • Helped to improve campus or community policies affecting LGBTIQ-identified persons;
  • Enhanced visibility and awareness of LGBTIQ issues.

Nominations may be submitted until 11:59 pm Thursday, April 12th, 2018.

Click here to submit a nomination


LGBTIQ Advocacy Award Committee

Award recipients are chosen by LGBTIQ Advocacy Awards Committee, which is ideally comprised of two (2) of each of the following: staff, faculty, undergraduate students, and grad/professional students.

Committee members will review nomination forms and select the LGBTIQ Advocacy Award recipients (one graduate/professional student winner and one undergraduate student winner) based on preset criteria. Awards will be presented to one graduating undergraduate and one graduating graduate/professional student.

Expectations of Committee Members:

  • Must be connected with campus-based LGBTIQA communities
  • Must be able to attend 2 meetings (one in March and one in April)
  • Must not be a December 2017 or May 2018 graduate

Interested volunteers should contact Dr. April S. Callis at