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Welcome to the 2021 Lavender Graduation online yearbook!

In this yearbook, you will find profiles of Lavender Graduates and messages to graduates from university leadership.

Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony honoring graduating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Aromantic, and Ally students. Lavender Graduation was created by Ronni Salo in 1995 to address the erasure of LGBTQ+ students and families from graduation ceremonies at that time. Today there are Lavender Graduation ceremonies at hundreds of universities and colleges across the U.S. We have been celebrating Lavender Graduation at the U since 2004.

While we could not celebrate in person this year because of the pandemic, this virtual celebration was created in the spirit of Lavender Graduation: an act of resiliency to make space for LGBTQIA+ people where there was not space before. We recognize the many ways LGBTQIA+ students make our campus a better place through their scholarship, leadership, and community. Graduates name those who helped them get to this moment: friends, partners, family, mentors, professors, student leadership organizations, support staff, faith leaders, supervisors and co-workers, classmates and cohort mates. Lastly, we know there are many who cannot openly participate in a ceremony for LGBTQIA+ graduates and this celebration is for you, too. Know that we are thinking of you as you reach this milestone, and our pride extends to you, even if you cannot publicly participate in this celebration.

For all Lavender Graduates both named and unnamed, we celebrate you as part of our LGBTQIA+ community at the U, and we’ll keep cheering you on as you move into this next chapter of your life. We are so proud of you!

We invite you to get caught up in the spirit of Lavender Graduation! Enjoy the graduate profiles and the messages from university leaders. Follow us on social media to see real-time recognitions and shout outs to graduates. Create your own celebratory social media posts to honor your graduation, using custom GIF stickers (search the keyword “UofULavGrads” on any platform that uses GIPHY) and hashtags #UofULavGrads and #EDIgrads2021

We present the 2021 Lavender Graduates!



Class of 2021

Emily AlbrechtBrighton AlveyAna AscencioGregory BoisvertShelby CattaniNatalie ColbertErin DaviesLouise FullerAbrielle FulwiderKailey GanevskyGrey GarrettHeather GrahamMason HardyJessica HernandezWade HorbinskiRay KenneySara KenrickAdrienne KruegerCyan LarsonIndigo MasonGabe MislaRachel MolinariChristopher NielsonLibna NoorMarisol Padilla FragossoSophia PerezCatherine PoggioElizabeth PorterChristine PosvistakTom RocheLou RuegnerLeila SalariEnrique SanchezAthena SchwartzBrooke SerranoEm SmileyKenny TaboadaAshley TaylorBrian TruongMoani TuitupouJavante WatsonSpencer WhiteleyMolly WhittingtonAlexander Whitty


Messages from University Leadership




We’ve also created custom GIF stickers to use on your social stories to celebrate your graduation virtually! On any platform that uses GIPHY, search the keyword “UofULavGrads“ and post to your feed. Any Instagram/Twitter post with the hashtags #UofULavGrads and #EDIgrads2021 will be shared by us!

How to find gifs & posting instructions


Last Updated: 5/24/21