Q Center

Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation 2015: SHINE BRIGHT


Graduate and celebrate all of you!

Lavender Grad is open to any student eligible, at any level (undergrad or graduate/professional) for a graduation in the 2014 -2015 (including fall 2015) academic year. The Q Center and QSC host Lavender Graduation as a time for the UW queer, trans*, two-spirit, same gender loving, and allied communities to come together and celebrate our multiple identities, our accomplishments, and sheer AWESOMENESS. You do not have to be graduating or be of a certain sexual or gender identity/orientation/expression to participate in and/or attend the Lavender Graduation year-end communities celebration. Everyone is welcome and wanted!!!

The whens, wheres, whys and hows:

When: TUESDAY, June 9th, from 6-8:30 p.m. Graduates please arrive by NO LATER than 5:15 p.m.

Where: THE UW TOWER, Mezzanine Level Cafeteria (Brooklyn Avenue is closed in front of Tower, please make parking arrangements in the UW Tower lot ($15 for special graduation day pass), on the street, on campus, or in the Hotel Deca parking lot. Parking for people with disabilities is available in the UW Tower lot ).

How: IF YOU ARE GRADUATING; please register here:
If you are a guest, just come and be merry!

Dress: You can wear whatever you want! This is your graduation and as queer and trans* folks we are often “required” by work, school, family, culture, etc. to dress in ways that do not necessarily fit our tastes. If you wish to wear the cap and gown, wear it. If you want to appear in drag, do it. All clothing has cultural significance, but sometimes we want to wear cultural regalia that honors our history, ourselves and the moment, please do so! If you want to dress up, or down, go for it. You want to be comfy, have at it. This is your night. All of your identities are celebrated as is the awesomeness that is you and our UW queer communities!

For questions or information, please contact Jaimee Marsh at jaimeem@uw.edu or 206-897-1430.

Graduates say this about Lavender Graduation:

“I felt more embraced and supported by community than I had during the rest of my time as a PhD student. Lav Grad was awesome!”

“Lav Grad was such a warm and welcoming ceremony that instilled such a sense of pride…I got to stand in front of my friends and family and have the feeling that all parts of my life got to come together for the first time.”

“Lavender Graduation was one of the most joyous moments of my life so far. It was wonderful to be in a room with so many queer people and allies, celebrating making it through 4 years. The whole event was amazing and life affirming.”


-The UW Tower is wheelchair-accessible via the lobby entrance located on the plaza, west of the lobby security desk. Persons wishing to enter through the accessible entrance can do so by motioning to the lobby security officer who is able to remotely unlock the doors. Disability parking is available in the Tower garage, from which the building is accessible via the skybridge into the C-2 area of the building.

-An all-gender restroom can be found on the 2nd floor of the UW Tower near the lounge/cafeteria area.

-The UW Tower is not kept scent-free but we ask that you do not wear scented/fragranced products (e.g. perfume, hair products) or essential oils to/in the event in order to make the space accessible to those with chemical injury or multiple chemical sensitivity.

– ASL interpretation will be provided upon request.

-Flash photography will be used during the reception. Some shots of the crowd may also be taken. Videography will also be used