Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that recognizes lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer (LGBTQ) and allied students of all backgrounds. The ceremony acknowledges their achievements and contributions to the university as students who survived the college experience thanks to their activities and education at UIS. All students are eligible to participate. No qualifications are required.
First started at the University of Michigan in 1995, the ceremony is now conducted at hundreds of universities nationwide including Princeton, Duke, MIT and NYU. The color lavender, adopted by the gay movement in the 1960's, is the main color of Sayville ("Gayville"), NY. Sayville is near Fire Island where the veterans of the 1969 Stonewall Riots organized. This history is honored during the ceremony as our graduates prepare to make history of their own.