Lavender Graduation & Awards Celebration 2018 

Lavender Graduation offers an opportunity to recognize and honor the lives and achievements of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, trans, genderqueer, intersex, and asexual students. The ceremony provides a positive celebration of students' accomplishments and offers an official recognition of their work while at SOU. In addition, this event is an opportunity to publicly recognize and thank all those who have contributed their time and energy to strengthening and enriching our diverse community.

SOU's 15th Annual Lavender Graduation will take place Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 4:00pm-6:00pm in the Stevenson Union Rogue River Room. 

If you have any questions, please contact Thomas Arce, the Coordinator of the SOU Queer Resource Center at: or 541.552.6488

2018 LGBTQIA+ Graduates: Click on the registration link to sign up for Lavender Graduation. 




Lavender Awards

Each year we open Lavender Graduation by recognizing the efforts of people in our community who effect positive change. Below are the awards and nomination form. 

Erika Giesen Outstanding Faculty Award

(Faculty/Instructor) Recognizes faculty for offering a queer-inclusive curriculum, and whose research, teaching or writing has raised awareness for queer people, history or culture.

Outstanding Professional Staff Member Award

(Staff Member) Recognizes a staff member for challenging oppressive policies, for going above and beyond to create a safe and inclusive environment for queer students, faculty, and staff.

Collaborative Excellence Award

(Department) Recognizes a department whose collaborative efforts have resulted in new and improved resources and services for queer students, faculty, staff, and/or community members.

Building Bridges Award

(Student) Recognizes a student for their tremendous efforts to serve the queer community by building coalitions and fostering understanding among our diverse campus community. Additionally this student serves as an inspirational role model to their peers and demonstrates commitment to raising awareness of and lobbying for queer issues and events.

Safe Space Award

(Anyone from SOU community) Recognizes an individual who has volunteered hours on and off campus to help create more Safe Spaces for our students, faculty, staff and community.

Lavender Leadership Award

(Student) Recognizes one student for outstanding leadership, dedication, and service with the University or community that has resulted in new resources, services, or programs for queer and allied constituents.

janelle wilson Change Agent Award

(Student) janelle wilson fought avidly to change the campus climate at SOU as an agent of change for our queer student population. This award recognizes one student for their social justice efforts of acting as an agent of change in queer advocacy and educational outreach surrounding our SOU campus community.

Vivacious Volunteer Award

(Student) Recognizes one student for the enriched experience from which we benefit due to their outstanding commitment to service and engagement within the campus and community.

Deltra Ferguson Outstanding Leader Award

(Anyone from SOU community) This award is given to an individual each year who actively works to better the lives of all women and people of all genders. This person is passionately invested in women's rights, gender equality, and social justice. They lead bravely, by example, and are not afraid to speak up even when others attempt to silence them.

Gladys Jimenez Award for Outstanding Contributions

(QRC Student Staff) Gladys Jimenez uplifted the morale and spirit of all with whom she came into contact.  The recipient of this award appropriately reflects these same qualities and is recognized for their outstanding contributions to the queer community.

2018 Nomination Form for Awards: Click on this nomination link to submit nominations!