Lavender Graduation Ceremony

Lavender Logo 2020Lavender 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.

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 response to COVID-19, the Lavender Graduation Ceremony has been pre-recorded. 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. The students featured have consented to share their images in the presentation. You can experience the ceremony here:

Graduating seniors complete the following form to receive a Lavender cord to wear with graduation regalia:

The deadline is May 8, 2020. Cords will be mailed. For more information please contact

This virtual experience is made possible by the Lavender Graduation Ceremony Planning Committee, Pride Alliance, The Women’s Center, SGA, the Center for Diversity & Inclusion and the Black Cultural Center.