Lavender Grad

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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 LGBTQ+ graduates, while providing a space for graduates to recognize the significant people in their lives who have helped them achieve their goals.

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Provost Jonathan Green speaks at Lavender Grad 2014
Provost Jonathan Green offers remarks at Lavender Graduation 2014

History

April 2014 marked Illinois Wesleyan's first ever Lavender Graduation celebration! The two faculty members that were recognized for their support of LGBTQ+ 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 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 LGBTQ+s.