Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that recognizes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and other (LGBTQIA+) graduating Jayhawks and acknowledges their achievements and contributions to the University as students who have been successful at the college experience. Through such recognition, LGBTQIA+ students may leave the university with a positive last experience of the institution, thereby encouraging them to become involved mentors for current students as well as financially contributing alumni.

The Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity and Spectrum KU welcome all graduating students and members of our esteemed alumni to participate in this exciting event.  If you are a community member, student, faculty, or staff that would like to attend as a guest, please feel free to register; please indicate that you are a guest in the “degree earned” field.

Registration for Lavender Graduation will open MAY 2017


Pride Awards

Pride Awards at KU were established as a way to recognize the accomplishments of LGBTQIA+ students, faculty and staff, as well as the advancements and efforts made to benefit LGBTQIA+ members of the KU community. Below are the descriptions of the awards, which are presented annually at Lavender Graduation.

Be You at KU Student of the Year Award

Recognizes one student for outstanding leadership and commitment within the University or in the KU community. This student has exemplified the merit and importance of allyship and solidarity within the KU LGBTQIA+ community. This individual's efforts and service have resulted in new programs, improved resources and/or broadened awareness around the needs and experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community. This student serves as a role models to their peers and demonstrates dedication to LGBTQIA+ activism, leadership, advocacy or education.

Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award

Recognizes LGBTQIA+ or Ally faculty/staff who strive for creating a positive climate on campus for LGBTQIA+ individuals. This may be through inclusive curriculum practices, challenging procedures and policies, building awareness around LGBTQIA+ experiences in programming or education efforts, or for going beyond their area of focus to ensure that the KU LGBTQIA community is offered a brave and inclusive space to be their authentic selves.

Best Program/Initiative Award

Recognizes a program or initiative that has strengthened awareness, expanded education or improved resources for the LGBTQIA+ community. This could be a policy addition, program execution, major decision or other initiative that has served the LGBTQIA+ community.

Outstanding Alum Award

Recognizes one KU alum who has shown dedication to LGBTQIA+ awareness and inclusivity, at KU or in the community they live and work. This individual displays immense pride in being a Jayhawk and serves as a model for current and future KU alums.

Groundbreaking LGBTQIA+ Research Award

Recognizes groundbreaking or innovative research about or in support of the LGBTQIA+ community. This can be research that is currently in progress, completed, or published. Being published is not a requirement of this award.

Nomination for Pride Awards will open MAY 2017





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