Lavender Graduation

Each Spring, the LGBT Resource Center hosts a Lavender Graduation to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to UNF. Undergraduate and Graduate students are eligible to participate in the ceremony if they identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or as an ally of the LGBT community and are graduating in Fall 2016, Spring 2017, or Summer 2017.  


Lavender Graduation was started by UNF Alum Dr. Ronni Sanlo in 1995. From a single program with only three graduates, Lavender Graduation has since grown into an annual tradition celebrated by Colleges and Universities across the nation. Participating students receive a lavender cord to be worn with their regalia at the UNF commencement, and attend a small ceremony with the option of choosing a UNF faculty member to say a few words. To learn more about the LGBT Resource Center and Lavender Graduation, watch our video.


This year's Lavender Graduation was held on Thursday, April 13th, in the Adam W. Herbert University Center. For more information on Lavender Graduation, email Logan Judd at


In addition to the Lavender Diploma, students who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the LGBT community are eligible for the Resource Center's Ally Student Leadership, and Community Excellence Awards.


Student Leadership Award Recipients

2015 - 2016 - Christopher Jordan

2016 - 2017 - Haiden Baier


LGBT Ally Award Recipients 

2015 - 2016 - Project THRIVE, Catherine Cole

2016 - 2017 - UNF Registrar's Office, Andrea Adams-Manning, Michelle Adams-Manning



 LGBT Community Excellence Award

2016 - 2017 - Amber Paoloemilio