Lavender Graduation 2018 will be held Friday, April 6th @5p in Griffin Auditorium 

Calling All 2018 Graduates!

If you are an NKU student graduating in 2018 and would like to be recognized and receive rainbow cords, you must RSVP!

This event is open to the entire campus and larger community, but you must register to attend! We encourage all students, faculty, staff, alumni, community and family members to join us in celebrating our talented and wonderful LGBTQA graduates at this special event.

The Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on campuses across the nation to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the University. The Lavender Graduation Ceremony was created by Dr. Ronni Sanlo, a Jewish Lesbian, who was denied the opportunity to attend the graduations of her biological children because of her sexual orientation. It was through this experience that she came to understand the pain felt by her students. Dr. Sanlo designed the first Lavender Graduation Ceremony in 1995.

Lavender Graduation Award Nominations 

As a part of the ceremony, the Office of LGBTQ Programs & Services acknowledges five distinguished individuals in the following areas:

Submit your nominations for one or more awards HERE

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LGBTQ Outstanding Graduate or Law Student Award

The LGBTQ Outstanding graduate or Law Student Leadership Award is given to an graduate or Law student who is actively engaged with LGBTQ Programs and Services while continuing to challenge him/herself to strive toward excellence in their chosen field of study/profession. This student demonstrates ongoing flexibility, initiative, creativity, and perseverance and is a mentor to others around them creating community within LGBTQ Programs & Services. The student must be currently enrolled and have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

The Nick Snider LGBTQ Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

The Nick Snider LGBTQ Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leadership Award is given to an undergraduate student who is actively engaged with LGBTQ Programs and Services while continuing to challenge him/herself to strive toward excellence in their chosen field of study/profession. This student demonstrates ongoing flexibility, initiative, creativity, and perseverance and is a mentor to others around them creating community within LGBTQ Programs & Services. The student must be currently enrolled and have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Leadership in Activism & Education Award

The Leadership in Activism & Education Award is given to a current student who is actively involved in increasing the visibility of LGBTQ issues and concerns within the University community to create a more socially equitable student experience. This student is committed to working for and with others and consistently demonstrates ongoing flexibility, initiative, creativity, and perseverance.

Student Advocate Award

The LGBTQ Student Ally Award is given to a current student who has been actively involved in increasing the visibility and education of LGBTQ issues and concerns within the University community. This student has demonstrated efforts toward improving the climate and well-being of gay people and provided outstanding service to the LGBTQA community at NKU through campus and/or community involvement as well as peer support.

The Carole Ziegler Faculty/Staff Advocate Award

The Carole Ziegler LGBTQ Faculty/Staff Ally Award is given to a current faculty or staff person who has significantly contributed to the development an inclusive, equitable and just campus through support of their peers and/or students.