Diversity Programs

Student Leadership and Activities works to promote diversity in the Western Oregon community and provides programs throughout the year dedicated to celebrating the diversity of Western’s population.

Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation is a celebration of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. It is a time to acknowledge the struggles of LGBTQ students, celebrate their accomplishments, and see them onto the next stages of their lives. This ceremony is not in place of traditional graduation, but instead is meant to augment the graduation experience.

As a Lavender Graduate, LGBTQ students will receive a certificate and rainbow graduation cords. During the ceremony, the students are invited to have guests speak about their accomplishments and growth or may choose to speak on their own behalf. Allies and friends are encouraged to attend and everyone will be provided with free dessert.

Black Graduation

The Black Graduation Ceremony is a pre-commencement celebration to honor Black and African American students who have demonstrated the commitment and focus to have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from the Western Oregon University. The event recognizes their accomplishment and provides an opportunity for graduates to honor significant people who have helped them achieve their goals. Students are honored together, and their families also get the opportunity to celebrate their hard work and dedication. 


Megan Habermann

(503) 838-8659 | or e-mail: habermam@wou.edu