Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation Award Winners, 2018

Lavender Graduation Award Winners, 2018

Each year we honor graduates (undergraduate and graduate students), faculty, staff and departments for their accomplishments beneficial to UConn’s diverse community of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities.  Graduates need to register to participate in advance.  Each graduate will receive a special stole and rainbow tassel.

Friends and family are welcome to attend!  Also, we need everyone’s assistance in nominating deserving candidates for the Lavender Graduation Awards.

The Lavender Graduation Ceremony has been cancelled however we are contemplating other ideas to celebrate our community's accomplishments.  Going forward, please still register as a graduate and please continue to submit award nominations.

The deadline to register as a Lavender Graduate closed on April 24, 2020.

The deadline to submit an Award Nomination closed on March 30, 2020.

Our Awards

Shining Star
This award honors a Rainbow Center student staff member (undergraduate or graduate) who embodies and exhibits the true spirit of the Rainbow Center’s “shining” mantra. Only Rainbow Center Undergraduate Student Staff members are eligible for this award.

Outstanding Programming Event
This award recognizes events possibly co-sponsored with the Rainbow Center that offered an insightful, informative and learning experience outside the classroom.

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader
This award honors an undergraduate student leader who demonstrates effective leadership that benefits UConn and diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities. The Outstanding Student Leader should personify the values of integrity and community building.  Rainbow Center Student Staff are not eligible for this award.

Outstanding Graduate Student Leader
This award honors a graduate student leader who demonstrates effective leadership that benefits UConn’s diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities. The Outstanding Student Leader should personify the values of integrity and community building.

Outstanding UConn Professional
This award recognizes a faculty or staff member who demonstrates leadership and support at UConn for diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities. The Outstanding Faculty/Staff Member should work towards the advancement of individuals of diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities and their rights.

Outstanding Teaching and Classroom Inclusion
This award honors a faculty member who facilitates an exemplary classroom environment that is inclusive diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities.

Outstanding Department Ally
This award honors a department that facilitates an exemplary classroom environment that is inclusive diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities.