LGBTQ+ Class of 2014
April 2014 marked Illinois Wesleyan's first ever Lavender Graduation celebration!
Two faculty members were recognized for their support of LGBTQ+ students:
IWU's very first honorees included: Rebecca Blumer, Bobby Castillo, Athena Cocallas,
Christopher Grills, Kelly Lamorena, Kevin Mangan, Calob Pluhm, Christopher Richardson,
Jordan Riddle, Hannah Smith, Samantha Taylor, Amy Werner, and Kayla White. These graduating
students showed excellence and dedication to the LGBTQ+ community during their time
Lavender Graduation 2014 will be remembered as a time in IWU's history that was dedicated
toward moving forward and improving the campus climate for LGBTQAs.
Click on the pictures below to view pictures from this year's event!
"Lavender Graduation was a great way to culminate my involvement in LGBT+ student
life. Getting recognized for my efforts and being able to celebrate with the people
I care most about, and who have supported me so much, was truly impactful. I have
always felt so honored to be part of a campus that celebrates diversity and strives
to be better. This was the perfect way to recognize how far we've come and gear up
for all that is left to do." - Amy Werner
"It was fantastic to hear the stories of fellow graduates about the faculty that were
honored and a good reminder that there is great support on our campus for the LGBTQ+
community. Hearing Dean Green's speech only further confirmed that our campus and
community are moving forward in making every student feel comfortable on campus."
- Calob Pluhm
Program booklet (.pdf)