Lavender Graduation

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Lavender Graduation is a celebratory experience for us to honor and recognize the amazing graduates in our community.

Event Info

Lavender Graduation 2024 will be on Thursday, June 6th! 

Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm 

Location: Available to attendees 

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Nominate a student for the LGBTQIA+ Advocacy Award

The LGBTQIA+ Advocacy Award is an award given to an outstanding graduating scholar who has gone above and beyond in their work advocating for and addressing LGBTQIA+ community issues and needs at UC Davis. Our collective work in challenging all forms of oppression requires resiliency, challenging the status quo, and advocating for our community. To formally recognize the leadership, collaboration, and advocacy of a scholar within our community, the career staff of the LGBTQIA Resource Center will annually select one scholar to receive this honor and a gift of $500. This year the award is sponsored by the CCLGBTQIA.

Nominate a student for the Angelina Malfitano Award

Angelina Malfitano was active on campus in a wide range of activities, and brought her value for promoting social justice to all of them.  She was one of the Student Assistants to the Chancellor in 2005-2006.  She served as a Community Intern at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center in 2004-2005.  She was the chair of the ASUCD Gender and Sexuality Commission 2003-2004 and a presenter at the 2006 undergraduate research conference.  She had many passions but one that stood out was our allyship/safe zone training.  She partnered in revamping the training itself as well as making it more visible on campus.  Angelina passed away tragically in a car accident on May 30, 2006.  Her death impacted many people on campus, in the community, and across the nation.  

The Angelina Malfitano award, that includes $500, is made possible by her parents Roberta Baumgardner and Vince Malfitano.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Lavender Graduation? 

Lavender Graduation is a celebratory experience for us to honor and recognize the amazing graduates in our community. If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, genderqueer, gender nonconforming, nonmonosexual, asexual, intersex, queer, same gender loving, two spirit, (or any other self identification) who is graduating, we would like to recognize your great achievement.

I graduated in fall, am I still eligible to participate? 

Yes! Anyone who is graduating from UC Davis during the academic year is eligible to participate, including both undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. 

What should I wear? 

You may wear any outfit that feels celebratory to you. Lavender graduation cords and gifts will be provided to all graduates. 

Is there a cost for this event? 

Nope! This event is free. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Any other questions: 

Contact Denice Cox at