Lavender Graduation Ceremony

Opening Slide for Lavender GraduationLavender 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.

The second annual Live-Stream Lavender Graduation Ceremony will be on April 15, 2021 from 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on the university's YouTube Channel: 

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 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.  All graduates who would like to receive a complimentary Lavender Graduation cord to wear with graduation regalia, please complete the following form

Lavender Graduation cords and certificate will be mailed on April 26, 2021.

For more information please contact

Lavender Graduation Planning Committee:

Yolany Gonell, Director of Student Diversity & Inclusion

Dr. Librada Sanchez, Director of The Women's Center

Dr. TJ Gundling, Professor of Anthropology

Steven Marks, Resident Director

Nuu Grenier, Women's Center Graduate Assistant

Carl Contino, Pride Alliance, President 

Alexia Mairagas, Pride Alliance, Vice President