Lav Grad Square 2018

Lavender Graduation

This year, Lavender Graduation will be held on Thursday, April 19th in the Adam W. Herbert University Center. 

Doors open and a catered reception begin at 6 p.m. followed by the ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The event is free but registration is required to attend. Click here to sign-up! For more information or questions concerning Lavender Graduation, email Dwan Love at 



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.



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

2016 - 2017 - Haiden Baier

2015 - 2016 - Christopher Jordan


LGBT Ally Award Recipients

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

2015 - 2016 - Project THRIVE, Catherine Cole


LGBT Community Excellence Award

2016 - 2017 - Amber Paoloemilio