University of Nebraska Medical Center

Lavender Graduation

Students honored at Lavender Graduation ceremony.

Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted to honor and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students and their allies and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the university community. Family, friends, supporters and members of the university community are invited and welcome to attend.

In 2024, UNMC's Lavender Graduation will be held on Monday, April 29, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Olsen Atrium of the Wigton Heritage Center on UNMC's Omaha campus. Refreshments will be served.

Lavender Graduation is organized by the UNMC Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. Please email Catherine Medici-Thiemann with questions.

Lavender Graduation 2023

The Origin of Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduations began as cultural celebrations and welcoming places for the LGBTQ+ university community, as well as acknowledgment of the struggles that many LGBTQ+ students face and celebrations of their achievement. The first Lavender Graduations were in the 1990s, when many LGBTQ+ graduates could not participate in graduation activities openly with their families, partners and community. Today, Lavender Graduations are celebrated at hundreds of college and university campuses across the U.S. including other University of Nebraska campuses.