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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.


Thursday, May 4, 2023
Donna E. Shalala Student Center, Grand Ballroom


Recognize a Graduate

Every year, the LGBTQ Student Center presents several awards to honor our graduating students and the efforts of our partners in the previous year. We encourage you to submit a nomination for a student or community partner who deserves to be recognized as an outstanding member of our LGBTQIA+ community.

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Lavender Celebration Awards

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  • Danny Gomez Legacy Award

    This award recognizes a outstanding undergraduate student finishing their degree who has advanced LGBTQIA+ life at the University of Miami. This student has gone above and beyond to create meaningful connections from the University's LGBTQIA+ community to the greater university community and beyond through activism and extracurricular efforts.

  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award

    This award recognizes an outstanding graduate student finishing their degree who has advanced LGBTQIA+ life at the University of Miami. This student has gone above and beyond to create meaningful connections from the University's LGBTQIA+ community to the greater university community and beyond through activism and extracurricular efforts.

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  • Outstanding Researcher Award

    This award recognizes a student, graduate or undergradute, who is conducting outstanding research advancing issues of gender and sexuality. This student is utilizing their academic prowess to further the understanding of the complexities of gender and sexuality studies.

  • Lavender Community Partner Award

    This award recognizes an outstanding organization or individual from outside of the LGBTQ Student Center who has made lasting contributions to LGBTQIA+ life at the University. This could be other units within the university or external parties that work closely with our community. This partner has commited to fostering a culture of belonging by working with our center to improve the campus climate and the LGBTQIA+ student experience.

Register to Attend

We require that all those wishing to attend the Lavender Celebration register in advanced, whether you are graduating or would like to see our graduates be recognized. 

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More information coming soon!

Register here