Photograph: Washburn Law students at commencement.

May 2014 Commencement

Washburn University School of Law Commencement will be Saturday, May 17, 2014, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Lee Arena of the Petro Allied Health Center on the Washburn Campus.

A Champagne Reception, hosted by Washburn University School of Law, will be held in Washburn rooms A & B in the Memorial Union immediately following commencement.

We are able to accommodate an unlimited number of guests for the ceremony in Lee Arena of the Petro Allied Health Center. We are able to host up to five guests per graduate for the Champagne Reception in the Memorial Union Washburn Room.

Commencement Speaker

Photograph: J. Patrick Brazil.The Commencement speaker and Honorary Juris Doctor Degree recipient is The Honorable J. Patrick Brazil. Learn more about Judge Brazil.

Law School Commencement Information

Special Seating Needs

If you need special seating arrangements to accommodate an elderly or special needs guest, please e-mail the names and number of guests to Gwyn Nelson ( NO LATER THAN noon, Friday, May 3. When guests arrive at Lee Arena, they should seek out a staff member or student usher who will have a list of accommodated guests.

Handicap Parking: Guests with handicapped hangtags may park in parking lot #5, south of Petro and the tennis courts. Guests without a handicapped hangtag may park in parking lot #4, to the east of Petro Allied Health Center. Handicapped guests should go to the south side entrance of Petro Allied Health Center. This is on the same level as the seating for the ceremony.

Commencement Cards and Reception RSVP

Students should complete a Name Card and RSVP for the Champagne Reception. Both items are located on the table inside the law library entrance.

The Name Card will be used during the ceremony to read the graduate's name. Graduates may invite an unlimited number of guests to attend the Commencement Ceremony in Lee Arena. Each Graduate may invite up to five guests for the Champagne Reception in the Memorial Union. Please sign up no later than Tuesday, April 30, 2014.

Regalia Distribution

Regalia will be distributed from the Washburn Ichabod Shop. You will receive an e-mail from the bookstore when your regalia is available for pickup. Regalia consists of a robe, hood and tam (hat). Make sure you receive all three pieces as extras will not be available at commencement. If you are having someone else pick up your regalia, please contact:
Rhonda Wedel
Washburn University Ichabod Shop

Bookstore hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m-6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Mandatory Practice — Friday, May 16, 2014, 10:30 a.m.

MANDATORY PRACTICE for graduating law students at Lee Arena in the Petro Allied Health Center on Friday, May 16, at 10:30 a.m. Please contact Professor Myrl Duncan ( with questions about the practice session.

Wichers Photography will be at the practice to handout copies of the Class of 2014 composite to graduates.

Graduation Photographs

We have made arrangements with GradImages to have a professional photographer take pictures of all graduates during the ceremony. Individual photos will be taken of each graduate as hooding occurs, as congratulations are extended by Dean Romig, and in front of the Law School banner. Proofs of photos will be sent to each graduate via e-mail from GradImages. Visit their website or call (800) 433-0296.

Commencement Day — Saturday, May 17, 2014

Commencement is a celebration to honor and recognize the achievements of all graduates. With respect to all, it is expected that graduates and their families and friends will remain for the entire ceremony. Commencement is expected to last approximately ninety minutes. Please make your plans accordingly.

5:15 p.m.

  • Students arrive to robe in Room 120 of the law school. Please have a family member or guest keep your personal belongings. A secure location is not available.
  • Guests may want to wait until 5:30 p.m. to drive to Petro. The guests attending the 3:30 p.m. University Commencement will need time to leave the parking area.
  • Faculty and platform party will robe in the Robing Room and Faculty Reading Room of the law school. Please do not leave any valuables in these rooms.
  • Assigned faculty and staff will assist with robing and other directions for the ceremony.

5:35-6:00 p.m.

Students come up the back stairway (between Room 119 and Law Journal office) and line up for procession in second floor faculty hallway. Marshals will assist.

Inclement weather: In case of inclement weather, an announcement will be made on the Law School website, an e-mail will be sent to and signs will be posted on the law school outside doors by 4 p.m., Saturday, May 17. If inclement weather occurs, graduates will meet in Petro room 125 and faculty will meet in Petro room 220.

6:05 p.m.

The procession leaves the Law School. It includes Grand Marshal Professor Duncan, the Kansas Territorial Pipes and Drums, members of the Washburn University Board of Regents and executive staff, law school deans and faculty, and law school graduates. Other members of the platform party will join the procession at the entrance to Lee Arena.

Families are welcome to stand as "honor guard" along the procession route and take photos/videos. The procession begins by exiting the north side of the law school, heads east to the northeast corner of Memorial Union, turns south then back east and goes past the south side of Morgan Hall, the north side of Carnegie Hall, the north side of Whiting Fieldhouse and heads south to the southeast entrance to Petro Allied Health Center.

The procession will halt at the first floor northeast entrance to Lee Arena for 5 to 10 minutes, at approximately 6:20 p.m., to allow guests watching the procession to be seated.

Map: Processional route from law school building to Lee Arena.

6:30 p.m.

Commencement begins with procession into Lee Arena, Petro Allied Health Center.

8:00 p.m.

Approximate end of ceremony.

8:00-10:00 p.m.

A Champagne Reception, hosted by Washburn University School of Law, will follow Commencement in the Memorial Union Washburn room. Hors d'oeuvres, along with both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, will be served.

Rented Faculty and Student Regalia should be turned in to the Bookstore staff in the W Room to the southeast of the Washburn Rooms in the Memorial Union. Diplomas may be picked up in the W Room after regalia has been returned. Staff will be available until 10 p.m. to assist you.

Professor Jeff Jackson explains
how to put on your tam and carry your hood
(2 minute, 15 second WMV file).
Video: Professor Jeff Jackscon explains how to put on commencement regalia.

May and Summer 2014 Graduates:

Legacy Photos with Relatives

If a relative or relatives who graduated from Washburn Law are attending commencement, Alumni Services would like to take a photograph of you with them prior to commencement. A photographer will be available in the Kansas Room (law school, 1st floor) from 5:00-5:30 p.m. to take these legacy photos. If you have not already been contacted by the Alumni Services Office please get in touch with Cindy Stillings at or (785) 670-1011.

Washburn Law Merchandise

The Alumni Services Office (law school, 2nd floor) will be open Friday, May 16, from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

See items available for purchase by visiting the Alumni Online Store.

Lodging in Topeka

Topeka hotel and motel information is available at the Visit Topeka Inc. website (convention / visitors bureau).


Law students or family member with questions regarding the Law School graduation events should contact