Lavender Graduation is an annual event to celebrate the graduation and achievements of prominent LGBTQ students at the University of Florida. The evening also recognizes the contributions for the LGBTQ community made by both on-campus and off-campus partners. We are proud to be working with Pride Awareness Month this year in bringing this event to you!

The event includes dinner (on us!), and a chance to meet new people and catch up with old friends while we celebrate our students. We are fortunate to have Ronni Sanlo as our keynote speaker!

Author, LGBT historian, and playwright Dr. Ronni Sanlo (UF ’69, UNF ’89, UNF ’96) is the Director Emeritus of the UCLA Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center (LGBT) Center and a frequent keynote speaker and consultant on LGBT issues in Higher Education. Now retired, Dr. Sanlo was director of the UCLA LGBT Center and professor/director of the UCLA Masters of Education in Student Affairs as well as a Faculty in Residence. Prior to coming to UCLA in 1997, Dr. Sanlo was the director of the LGBT Center at the University of Michigan. In a previous life, Dr. Sanlo was an HIV epidemiologist in Florida from 1987-1994. Ronni developed the initial standards and guidelines for LGBT work with the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), was founding chair of the Consortium of LGBT Professionals in Higher Education, and was presented with the Legacy Award from NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Ronni is the originator of the award-winning Lavender Graduation, a commencement event that celebrates the lives and achievements of graduating LGBT college students. Ronni continues to research and write with a focus on LGBT history which is the foundation for the award-winning documentary Letter to Anita. She and her wife Dr. Kelly Watson have been deeply involved in the current Resistance movement, travel and bike ride domestically and internationally, and both play really bad but passionate golf. They live in Palm Springs, CA and Sequim, WA. Ronni may be emailed at

This year’s event will be held in the Arredondo Cafe from 6:30 -8:30 pm on Friday, April 19th.

We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of the LGBTQ community with you!

Please RSVP by March 25, 2019.