Lav Grads celebrate fifth ceremony

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The UW-Milwaukee LGBT Resource Center celebrated its fifth annual Lavender Graduation ceremony — “Lav Grad ’14” — on May 14.

Graduating students can self-identify as a Lav Grad, or can be nominated by a member of the UWM community.

 “The ceremony means something different to every student who identifies as a Lav Grad, but they all wear their rainbow tassel with a shared sense of LGBT+ UWM pride!” said Jen Murray, director of UWM’s LGBT Resource Center. 

A highlight of this year’s ceremony was the recognition of Joseph R. Pabst, whose donations made the university’s first Lavender Graduation possible in May 2010.

“Joe Pabst’s support of this annual ceremony has meant giving voice and recognition to students who may, at times, have felt they were invisible or who may not have enjoyed a broad web of support during their academic careers,” said UWM Dean of Students Timothy Gordon.