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Lavender Graduation

Each Spring, the LGBT Resource Center hosts a Lavender Graduation to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students 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 Summer 2017, Fall 2017, and Spring 2018.


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.

During Lavender Graduation, the LGBT Resource Center honors LGBTQ and allies and organizations for their support and contributions at the University and beyond. Award categories are Student Leadership Award, LGBT Ally Award (faculty, staff, on-campus department), LGBT Community Excellence Award, and Mentor of the Year Award. For more information, please contact Dwan Love-Dinkens at


Student Leadership Award Recipients

2017 - 2018 - Elaine Hosking

2016 - 2017 - Haiden Baier

2015 - 2016 - Christopher Jordan

2014 - 2015 - Kyle Gibbons


LGBT Ally Award Recipients

2017 - 2018 - The International Studies Program, Dr. Carolyne Ali-Khan

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

2015 - 2016 - Project THRIVE, Catherine Cole

2014 - 2015 - Housing and Residence Life, Dr. Zully Rivera-Ramos

LGBT Community Excellence Award

2017 - 2018 - Community Rehabilitation Center

2016 - 2017 - Amber Paoloemilio

2015 - 2016 - Rico Bodin


Mentor of the Year Award

2017 - 2018 - Andrew Austin, Mayo Clinic LGBTI Employee Resource Group