Registration for 2015 is now open! 

What is Lavender Graduation?

Lavender Graduation is a celebration that recognizes graduating students' contributions to IWU and the LGBTQ+ community. Lavender Graduation is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and guests to celebrate the accomplishments of IWU LGBTQA graduates, while providing a space for graduates to recognize the significant people in their lives who have helped them achieve their goals.

History

April 2014 marks Illinois Wesleyan's first ever Lavender Graduation celebration! The two faculty members that were recognized for their support of LGBTQA students were Joanne Diaz (Assistant Professor of English) and Jennifer Crider (Visiting Instructor in Educational Studies). 

IWU's very first honorees include: 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 have shown excellent dedication to the LGBTQ+ community during their time at IWU. 

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. 

2014

Program booklet (.pdf)

"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 

Click on the pictures below to view pictures from this year's event!