Office of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Student Services
The Lavender Graduation and Awards Ceremony celebrates the momentous achievement of our graduating students and honors award recipients for their contributions to LBGT-inclusion at Western Michigan University.
All students who will be graduating in the upcoming Spring, Summer or Fall semesters are encouraged to participate in Lavender Graduation. Family, friends and colleagues are encouraged and welcome to attend.
Graduating students who identify as lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and ally will be acknowledged and presented with a Lavender Graduation certificate and honor cords.
Students who graduated or are graduating in Winter 2013 or 2014, Spring 2014 or Summer 2014 are welcome and encouraged to participate.
If you are not able to attend but would still like to be recognized, receive a certificate and honor cords you may register for Lavender Graduation and arrange to pick up your certificate and cords following the ceremony.
Graduate Registrations due no later than 5 p.m. on April 10.
In 2014 we will award the first Office of LBGT Student Services Scholarships to two returning WMU students. The purpose of the Office of LBGT Student Services Scholarship is to provide a scholarship and recognition to students who actively demonstrate impactful leadership and service in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community.
Scholarship applications due no later than 5 p.m. on April 10.
In addition to awarding certificates to the graduating students, up to five awards may be presented. The awarding categories include: Stonewall Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership; Emerging Leader Award; Outstanding Ally Award; Lambda Leadership Award; and, Bronco Pride Campus Advocacy Award. Awards may recognize students, faculty, staff, administrators, or groups. Anyone is welcome to nominate people or groups who fit the criteria for the award. A selection committee composed of students, staff and administrators will decide award winners.
Accepting award nominations now! Nominations due no later than 5 p.m. on April 10.
Stonewall Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership
This award recognizes a graduating student who has demonstrated consistent and outstanding leadership and has made a significant and sustained contribution to the LBGTA community at WMU.
Emerging Leader Award
This award recognizes a returning student at WMU who has demonstrated great potential to be a key leader in the LBGTA community in the coming years.
Outstanding Ally Award
This award recognizes a student who provides support to the LBGTA campus community by providing advocacy, mentorship and/or leadership as an ally.
Lambda Leadership Award
This award recognizes a Western Michigan University administrator, faculty or staff member who advocates for LBGTA inclusion and demonstrates a commitment to improving the climate for LBGTA people on campus.
Bronco Pride Campus Advocacy Award
This award recognizes a department, office, or registered student organization that has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the area of LBGTA-inclusion at WMU by advocating for and fostering a safe and welcoming environment for all people.
Video from the the 2nd Annual
Excellence in Diversity Awards
is available on our Resources page.