The Lavender Celebration and Recognition

The Lavender Celebration is an annual event that recognizes our graduating LGBTQIA+ students and outstanding leaders. The ceremony is open to all graduates, family and friends and occurs in the Fall during the Alumni and Friends Recognition Reception during Homecoming and in the Spring during the week of commencement.

The Spring 2021 Lavender Celebration will be held virtually on May 6, 2021 at 5 pm.

Graduating Students:

In order to be recognized, please submit a registration form. The deadline for registering is Friday, April 16.

If you have any questions, please email

Friends and family wishing to recognizing graduates:

If you have any questions regarding the online Lavender Celebration, please contact the LGBTQ Student Center at (305) 284-3935.

Every year, the LGBTQ Student Center awards the following: the Danny Gomez Legacy Award for a graduating senior; the Outstanding Graduate Student Award for a graduate student finishing their degree; the Outstanding Researcher Award for a student, undergraduate or graduate, conducting outstanding research advancing issues of gender and sexuality; and the Lavender Community Partner Award for an outstanding organization working with UM. These students and community groups/partners have positively affected the LGBTQIA+ community and have left a lasting impact at the University of Miami.  

You may submit awards nominations here. The deadline for submitting a nomination is Friday, April 16.