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Lavender Graduation

Scholarships and Awards Lavender Graduation

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Lavender Graduation is a special graduation ceremony that honors the achievements of graduating LGBTQA+ students on campus. If you are graduating from an undergraduate or graduate program in May, August, or December of this year, apply to participate in the ceremony!

Lavender Graduation is hosted by the LGBTQA+ Center, the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Gender and Sexual Identities, and the Chancellor’s Office. Our goal is to provide a time to recognize the success in our community.

This year’s ceremony is on Thursday, April 23, 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Platte River room, Nebraska Union. Applications are due April 6 to ensure inclusion in the printed program.

Attend the event and bring your friends to help celebrate! All members of the UNL community, family, and friends are invited!

Lavender Graduation

The program includes:

  • Rainbow tassels for graduates to wear at undergraduate and graduate graduation
  • Lavender ropes for graduates that gave significant contributions to the LGBTQA+ community on campus
  • Lavender Graduation certificates signed by the Chancellor
  • Awarding the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contributions to the GLBT Community
  • Recognizing the Louis Crompton Scholarship recipient
  • Advocate appreciation (see more below)
  • Positive messages from UNL faculty, staff, administrators, students, and alumni
  • Music and refreshments to share with family, friends, and well-wishers

Advocate Appreciation

Lavender Graduates are encouraged to complete the Advocate Appreciation section within their application to recognize up to 3 people. Advocates are UNL faculty and staff who were proactive in providing support and/or guidance to LGBTQA+ students, and who made a significant impact on their academic achievements. We invite each person to the reception and acknowledge their contribution with a certificate.


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