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Lavender Graduation

Are you graduating this Fall 2020? We want to honor you and acknowledge your accomplishments and contributions at the University of Houston. We are giving away Graduation Cords available in rainbow or lavender. Sign up to receive your cord and other goodies from the LGBTQ Resource Center.

Instructions to Sign-Up:

  • Step 1: Sign in to your Access UH account
  • Step 2: Click the Get Involved button
  • Step 3: Click this Sign-Up button.


Lavender Graduation, also known as Lav Grad, is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the University. This event is celebrated by colleges and universities across the United States since 1995.

Spring Ceremony Registration

Although we had to cancel our Spring and Fall 2020 Lavender Graduation Ceremonies, we want to give you the opportunity to participate in the Spring 2021 Lavender Graduation Ceremony. We don't expect you to make that decision now, but we would like to notify you and give you the opportunity to sign-up. Sign up to provide us with your contact information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any LGBTQIA+ identified undergraduate or graduate student and active allies to the community.
The LGBTQ Resource Center staff and Alumni Association are happy to honor your achievements with a ceremony to provide you with a lavender or rainbow cord and certificate. After the ceremony, we host a celebratory alumni reception for attendees with light refreshments and photo opportunities.
If registration is open, you will find a red "Graduate Registration" button and instructions on how to sign up above.
Biannually. The Spring ceremony is in May and the Fall ceremony is in December. Both happen prior to the University Commencement.
Yes! There are no limitations on how many ceremonies you can participate in.
Lavender Graduation is open to the public, but attendees must register as graduates and guests by the deadline. The deadline is typically 2 weeks prior to the event.
For accommodations related to ability, please contact the LGBTQ Resource Center at 832-842-6191 or email
For those unfamiliar with campus, we recommend parking in the UH Welcome Center Garage or the UH Hilton Garage. Both are across the street from the Student Center South building.
Attendees generally dress business casual for the event; however, we encourage graduates to wear an outfit that makes them feel celebratory and comfortable. Also, we highly encourage graduates to wear their graduation caps, stoles, cords, etc.
No, there are no fees or costs for graduates or attendees.