Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation Award Winners, 2018

Lavender Graduation Award Winners, 2018

Each year we honor UConn 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.  UConn student who are graduating 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 Spring 2021 Lavender Graduation Ceremony will be held virtually on Friday, April 23, 2021.  To attend the ceremony, please click on this link to the ceremony

Our Awards

Shining Star @ UConn Rainbow Center
This award honors a UConn 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 Student Staff members are eligible for this award.

Outstanding UConn Programming Event
This award recognizes UConn events, possibly sponsored by or co-sponsored with the Rainbow Center, that offered an insightful, informative and learning experience outside the classroom in regard to the larger LGBTQIA+ community.  Nominations for UConn events that were developed outside of Rainbow Center’s sponsorship are welcomed and encouraged..

Outstanding UConn 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 Undergraduate Student Leader should personify the values of integrity and community building.  Please note: Any undergraduate student at the University of Connecticut can be nominated however Rainbow Center Student Staff are not eligible for this award.

Outstanding UConn Graduate Student Leader
This award honors a UConn graduate student leader who demonstrates effective leadership that benefits UConn’s diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities. The Outstanding Graduate Student Leader should personify the values of integrity and community building. Please note: Any graduate student at the University of Connecticut can be nominated.

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

Outstanding UConn Virtual or In-person Teaching and Classroom Inclusion
This award honors a UConn faculty member or instructor who facilitates an exemplary classroom environment, whether virtual or in-person, that is inclusive diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities.

Distinguished UConn Faculty or UConn Staff Research
This award honors a UConn faculty member or UConn staff member who has contributed research beneficial to understanding topics related to the individuals of diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities.