The Lavender Graduation Ceremony first started at Case Western Reserve University in 2010. This annual event is a partnership between the LGBT Center, Pride Alumni Network, and the CWRU Alumni Association aimed at recognizing the experiences and contributions of graduating LGBTQ+ students of the university and its affiliated schools.
The event typically features an address from the President of CWRU, remarks from a student speaker, the awarding of certificates to and cording of graduates, and the awarding of the Douglas W. Nock Endowed Scholarship, the Pride Alumni Student Leader Award, the Case Western Reserve University Pride LGBT Ohio Leadership Award, and the Prism Award.
Upcoming Deadlines for Lavender Graduation 2021
This year's Lavender Graduation will take place virtually on May 4th, 2021 at 5pm EST via Zoom. Please register in the LinkTree below (grads, please register on both CampusGroups AND complete the google form below), and don't forget to apply for a number of scholarships available in conjunction with Lavender Graduation (more information about each scholarship can be found under the Awards tab under Scholarships). Hope to see you there!
Scholarship applications are due on Friday, April 9th at 5 pm and registration for Lavender Graduation closes on Thursday, April 15th at midnight.
Lavender Graduation is a private ceremony available to only students, staff, and faculty who register for the event, and no personal details about participants in Lavender Graduates will be shared publicly without consent.
Every year, a student gives remarks on the LGBT experience at CWRU. Below is a video of the remarks 2018 speaker Cameron Childers with introduction by LGBT Center Director Liz Roccoforte.