Lavender Graduation

2022 Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation builds on the university-wide commencement events as an officially supported ceremony honoring the achievements of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally (LGBTQ+) students at Kent State University.

Hold the date: The 2022 Lavender Graduation will be held Friday, May 6th at Manchester Field behind the Student Center. An Alumni Reception will be from 5-6pm, and then the ceremony will be from 6-8:30pm

Keynote: Brian Michael Smith (KSU '05), actor and advocate

This dinner and awards celebration is free; however, registration is required.

Registration has closed for this event. 

 


Lavender Graduation Awards 2022

As part of Lavender Graduation, we take a moment to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of the graduating students during their time on campus. We welcome any enrolled student, faculty or staff member to nominate a graduating student for the awards listed below:

  • Outstanding Collaborative Ally Award: An ally or student organization that has worked collaboratively with LGBTQ organizations on campus to create a better place for LGBTQ+ identified people. 
  • Out & Proud Student Leader Award: An LGBTQ+ identified student who exemplifies student leadership.
  • Rising Star Award: First year student who has made tremendous effort to bring visibility, support, and leadership to the LGBTQ+ community at KSU.
  • Faculty/Staff Award: Awarded to a faculty/staff member who has worked to create a better campus environment for LGBTQ+ identified people. 
  • Alumni Award: Awarded to a Kent State alumni who makes efforts to create a better world for LGBTQ+ identified people.
  • Community Award: Awarded to a community member who has worked to create a better environment on campus, in Kent, or in Ohio for LGBTQ+ identified people.

Nominate someone now at: ksu.convio.net/LavenderNominations

 


2021 Lavender Graduation commencement celebration! 

 


Celebration Date and Time

Lavender Graduation's Virtual Celebration was held May 4th through May 8th on the LGBTQ+ Center's various social media platforms. You can watch the full video playlist by clicking here.

*An in-person celebration will still be held once it is safe to do so.


LavGrad Awards

  • Alumni Award: Awarded to a Kent State alumni who makes efforts to create a better world for LGBTQ+ identified people. Congrats Emmett Drugan!
  • Bridge Builder Award: A KSU student or organization that has worked collaboratively with LGBTQ+ organizations on campus to create a better place for LGBTQ+ identified people. Congrats Chazzlyn Jackson!
  • Community Award: Awarded to a community member who has worked to create a better environment on campus, in Kent, or in Ohio for LGBTQ+ identified people. Congrats Jacob Nash!
  • Faculty/Staff Award: Awarded to a faculty/staff member who has worked to create a better campus environment for LGBTQ+ identified people. Congrats Erica Pelz!
  • Out and Proud Student Leader Award: Out and proud LGBTQ+ identified student who exemplifies student leadership. Congrats Angela Molina!
  • Rising Star Award: First year student who has made tremendous effort to bring visibility, support, and leadership to the LGBTQ+ community at KSU. Congrats Mac O'Neill!

 


Information and Questions

If you have any questions, please call the LGBTQ+ Center at, (330) 672-8580 or email at, LGBTQSC@kent.edu