Lavender Graduation is a celebration that recognizes graduating students' contributions
to IWU and the LGBTQIA community. Lavender Graduation is an opportunity for students,
faculty, staff, and guests to celebrate the accomplishments of IWU's LGBTQIA graduates
for Spring, Summer, and Winter of that year. There is also a space for graduates to
recognize the significant people in their lives who have helped them achieve their
Due to the continually evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we are exploring alternate ceremony
options for this year's graduation. Registered graduates will be notified of the final
decision via email.
April 2014 marked Illinois Wesleyan's first ever Lavender Graduation celebration!
The two faculty members that were recognized for their support of LGBTQIA students
were Joanne Diaz (Assistant Professor of English) and Jennifer Crider (Visiting Instructor in Educational Studies).
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 exhibited excellent dedication to the LGBTQIA community during their time
Lavender Graduation has continued to be a cherished tradition housed out of the Office
of Diversity and Inclusion.