Lavender Graduation Ceremony

Opening Slide for Lavender GraduationLavender Graduation is a special ceremony for LGBTQAI+ and Ally undergraduate and graduate students to acknowledge their achievements, contributions, and unique experiences at William Paterson University.

Join us!

The third annual Live-Stream Lavender Graduation Ceremony will be on Friday, April 29, 2022, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the University Ballrooms. Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP on Pioneer Life. The experience will also stream live! 

Receive your Lavender Graduation regalia

William Paterson University of New Jersey acknowledges the collective contributions of all students, faculty, and staff towards a safer and affirming campus for members of our LGBTQIA+ community.  In our efforts to extend our values in creating a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQIA+ students, William Paterson University acknowledges the privacy of Lavender graduates that have self-identified.  

Lavender Graduation cords and certificates will be presented at the Ceremony. All graduates who would like to receive a complimentary Lavender Graduation cord to wear with graduation regalia, please complete the following form:  

*LGBTQIA Graduates receive a rainbow stole in addition to the cord. 

For more information please contact

Lavender Graduation Planning Committee:

Yolany Gonell, Director of Student Diversity & Inclusion

Dr. TJ Gundling, Professor of Anthropology

Nuu Grenier, Center for Diversity & Inclusion Graduate Assistant

Carl Contino, Pride Alliance, President