Photograph: Washburn Law students at commencement.

May 2016 Commencement

Washburn University School of Law Commencement will be Saturday, May 14, 2016, 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.

Law School Graduation Information for Students

Course Audit Information

If you have any questions about whether or not you have completed all requirements for graduation in May, July, or August 2016, please contact Donna Haverkamp, Student Records Administrator, in the Deans' Office, room 202, ( or 785-670-1661).

Class Photo

If you have not had your picture taken for the Law School Composite you may still do so before the end of February. Contact Wichers Photography at (785) 271-5355 to make an appointment. Wichers is located at 4105 SW 29th Street (just west of Walgreen's at 29th and Gage on the south side of 29th).

Wichers Photography will be at the mandatory graduation practice Friday, May 13, to handout copies of the Class of 2016 composite to graduates.

Graduation Announcements

Graduation announcements may be ordered from CB Grad Announcements at their website or call (800) 433-0296. Representatives will be at the Law School by the Libation Station on Wednesday, March 31, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to take orders. Learn more and see pricing options (49 KB PDF).

Class Ring

Class rings are available from Jostens. If you are interested in a class ring, visit the Jostens' website.

Regalia and Diploma Frames

GRAD FAIR DISCOUNT: Regalia can be rented and Diploma Frames can be purchased at a discount if you place your order AT the Grad Fair, Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. in the Washburn Room of the Memorial Union.

Law degree graduates planning to walk in the May 2016 ceremony must place a special order for their regalia. Law School regalia, consisting of a robe, hood, and tam (hat), can be rented through the Ichabod Shop (university bookstore). Orders must be placed by Thursday, March 31, 2016, to avoid late/ship fees.

To order online:

  • Go to the online Ichabod Shop (university bookstore) (a new window will open; regalia can be ordered beginning February 13, 2016).
  • On the 'Regalia - Rental Law & Faculty' item description page select "Student - Law Rental Set" from the "Item Option" dropdown list.
  • Make sure Quantity is "1", then click "Add to Cart" and respond to the height and shirt size prompts.
  • In the upper right corner, click "Shopping Cart", then "Continue Checkout."
    • If this is your first time shopping the online bookstore (Ichabod Shop), you may checkout as a guest.

To order in person:

  • Visit the Ichabod Shop Bookstore: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m-5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Questions: Contact Rhonda Wedel ( or 785-670-1931) at the Ichabod Shop Bookstore.

Commencement Cards

Graduates will be emailed a downloadable version of the Name Card the first week of April 2016. Please save the form to your computer, fill out the form completely, save again, and email your completed Name Card to Contact Gwyn Nelson, Dean's Suite, Room 203 if you are unable to download or save the form.

  • The first section of the Name Card will be used during the ceremony to read the graduate's name and for LifeTouch Photography to identify your prints.
  • The second section will not be given out to the photographers. This information will be used by the School of Law Professional Development and Alumni Services offices.

Reception RSVP

An email will be sent out the first week of April 2016 to inquire about your plans for Commencement. Please respond to Gwyn Nelson ( with answers to the following questions no later than Monday, April 25, 2016.

  • Do you plan to walk in the Commencement Ceremony or not?
    • Graduates may invite an unlimited number of guests to attend the Commencement Ceremony in Lee Arena.
  • Do you plan to attend the Champaign Reception?
    • If YES, please RSVP with your guest count (in addition to you).

Regalia Distribution

Regalia will be distributed from the Washburn Ichabod Shop. You will receive an email 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 13, 2016, 10:30 a.m.

MANDATORY PRACTICE for graduating law students in PC 220 in the Petro Allied Health Center on Friday, May 13, 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 2016 composite to graduates.

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 6, 2016. 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.

Graduation Photographs

Graphic: Lifetouch logo.We have made arrangements with Lifetouch Photography to 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. Go to the Lifetouch website for more information and register to receive no-obligation commencement photo proofs. Questions can be directed to; (800) 505-9469; or through the Lifetouch contact form.

Commencement Day — Saturday, May 14, 2016

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 90 minutes. Please make your plans accordingly.

No tickets are required. The event is open to the public.

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/Conference 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 email will be sent to and signs will be posted on the law school outside doors by 4:00 p.m., Saturday, May 14. 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.

Due to construction on the east side of the Washburn campus,
the processional route and availability of parking may be adjusted.
Please check back on Thursday, May 12, for updates.

The 18th Street entrance from Washburn Avenue near Lee Arena is permanently closed. Parking on the east side of campus closest to Lee Arena is very limited and will fill up quickly. Disability parking will be in Lot 5, just south of Lee Arena. All other Commencement guests will be directed to the west side of campus. It is highly recommended that students and guests do not arrive more than 1 hour before their ceremony but no later than 30 minutes.

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.

Watch Commencement Online

Watch Commencement Live beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, via YouTube.

Putting on Regalia

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.

Legacy Photos with Relatives
Photograph: Graduate having photo taken with family members who are alumni of Washburn Law.

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 Kathy Johnson at ((785) 670-1011) or Karli Davis at ((785) 670-2013).

Washburn Law Merchandise

The Alumni Services Office (law school, 2nd floor) will be open Friday, May 13, 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