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Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation is a commencement ceremony honoring Sexuality Studies minors, graduating LGBTIQ-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.

In keeping with UNC policy, you are eligible to participate in the ceremony if you meet the criteria to walk in the May commencement. We encourage graduates to invite their friends, families and loved ones. Everyone is invited to attend this celebratory catered ceremony.

Graduating and want to participate?

If you are graduating in May 2016, please consider walking in the ceremony. Submit a bio with your name as you wish to be announced, your degree type, major or area of study, and any thanks you would like to give (50 words or less). Please also submit 3 photos of yourself in your time here and an inspirational quote to Angel Collie ( by Monday, April 18th, 2016. All undergraduates, and graduate/professional graduates are welcome to walk in the ceremony.



LGBTIQA Advocacy Award Nominations

During the annual Lavender Graduation ceremony, the LGBTQ Center announces the undergraduate student and graduate/professional student winners of the LGBTIQ Advocacy Award. 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.

One undergraduate and one graduate/professional student will receive the LGBTIQ Advocacy Award.

To nominate someone for the LGBTIQ Advocacy Award, please fill out and submit the form. Deadline is Sunday, April 10th at 11:59pmSelf-nominations will not be considered.