December 2017 Law School Commencement

Washburn University Commencement is Friday, December 15, 2017, 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 Petro Allied Health Center, Room 210 (McPherson Room, 2nd floor, north end) immediately following commencement.

Steps for a Successful Graduation

Step 1: BEFORE MARCH 31, 2017 - December 2017 Graduates turn in Application for Degree (15 KB PDF)

Step 2: BEFORE OCTOBER 28, 2017 - December 2017 Graduates Order Regalia from the Ichabod Shop
  • Regalia orders placed after OCTOBER 28 will incur a LATE FEE
    • Cost: $78.99 (price is subject to change)
    • Order online at the Ichabod Shop. (a new window will open)
    • Regalia should be available to pick approximately one week prior to Commencement if ordered by the October 25th deadline.
    • You will receive an e-mail from the Ichabod Shop (Washburn bookstore) when your rental commencement regalia (tam, gown, hood, tassel) has arrived and can be picked up at the cash register in the Washburn University Bookstore.
    • Please be prepared to show your ID (Washburn or driver's license).
    • If someone will be picking up regalia for you, please e-mail so this can be noted on the pick-up form.
    • To relax wrinkles in your regalia, please hang it close to the shower. Ironing is not recommended.
    • Tams are one-size. The tams arrive separately from the gown, hood and tassel package. Please make sure you get all pieces when you pick up your regalia.
    • Regalia should be returned after the ceremony to Petro 224.
    • If you need to keep regalia over the weekend please contact Rhonda Wedel prior to the ceremony.
Step 3: BEFORE NOVEMBER 21, 2017 - E-mail your graduation plans
  • Will you participate in the Graduation Ceremony?
  • Do you have guests with special needs?
  • Will you attend the Law School Reception?
  • How many guests will be attending the reception?

Step 4: BEFORE NOVEMBER 21, 2017 - Turn in a completed Graduation Card

  • Save the pdf to your computer.
  • Fill both portions out completely.
  • Save the completed form to your computer.
  • Email the completed form to
  • If you need to update your information after submitting the form, send changes by email to

Step 5: BEFORE DECEMBER 15, 2017 - Pre-Register for Lifetouch (Optional)

  • 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.
  • Register to receive no-obligation commencement photo proofs. Once the site opens, click on your upcoming graduation and register.
  • Questions can be directed to; (800) 505-9469; or through the Lifetouch contact form

Step 6: BEFORE FEBRUARY 28, 2018 - Wichers Photo Sessions for the Class of 2018 Graduate Composite

  • Composite includes December 2017, May, June, and August 2018 Graduates
  • By appointment only
    • 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).
  • There is a session fee of $30.00 plus tax ($32.75) due at time of appointment.
  • Each graduate will receive an 11" x 14" print of the composite for this fee.
  • You may pay with cash, check or debit/credit card. A photo package price list is available.
  • Wichers Photography provides regalia for the photo session.
  • A small amount of your clothing will show under the robe. Look at the previous year's class composite to determine what is appropriate.

Commencement Day Schedule for Graduates

  • Date: Friday, December 15, 2017
  • Location: Washburn University, Petro Allied Health Center, Lee Arena
  • Directions: Available on the Washburn University web site. See also directions to the law school.
  • Parking: Free parking on the east side of Petro. See note below regarding shuttle service.
  • Arrive: 5:30 p.m.
  • Secure Your Belongings: Room 125 will be secured for personal items stored during the ceremony (NE corner of Petro by ticket booth).
  • Robing: 5:45 p.m. Hallway across from room 105 (SW corner of Petro).
  • Group photo: 6:00 p.m.
  • Line-up: Name Cards will be handed out at this time.
  • Procession: Professor Myrl Duncan is the Law School Marshal and will guide graduates through the ceremony.
  • Ceremony begins: 6:30 p.m. and is expected to last less than two hours.
  • Regalia Return: Room 224.
  • Champagne Reception
    • Reception begins: Immediately following commencement ceremony
    • Invitation: All family and guests, including children, are invited
    • Location: Petro Allied Health Center, Room 210 (McPherson Room, 2nd floor, north end).
    • Reception ends: The reception will conclude at 10:00 p.m.

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

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

University staff will be available to assist guests with special needs; however, it is important that those guests requiring assistance and/or special seating notify the Washburn University Student Services Office at (785) 670-1629, or, at least 2 weeks in advance.

Graphic: Thumbnail of Washburn University campus map.Parking is available at no charge. Disability parking will be in Lot 5 just south of Petro Allied Health Center for vehicles with a handicap placard. Parking is very limited on the east side of Petro Allied Health Center and will fill up quickly. Washburn University will provide shuttle service on Friday, December 15, beginning at 5:30 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. from Lots 7 and 9 on the west side of campus. Guests will be dropped off on College Avenue by Lot 5 and signs will direct them to the arena entrance. Guests will be picked up at this same location to return to Lots 7 and 9. It is highly recommended that students and guests do not arrive more than 1 hour before the ceremony but no later than 30 minutes. See campus map (1.9 MB PDF).

We have made arrangements with a professional photographer take pictures of all graduates during the ceremony. Photos will be taken of the hooding, in front of the banner and of the handshake with Dean Romig.

Graduation Requirements
Graduation Checklists

Upper Level Certification Forms:

Ichabod Shop

Questions regarding regalia should be directed to:
Rhonda Wedel
(785) 670-1931

Putting On Regalia
Photograph: Professor Jeffrey Jackson demonstrating how to put on a tam and carry a hood.

Professor Jeff Jackson demonstrates
how to put on your tam and carry your hood.

Graduation announcements may be ordered from CB Grad online or call (800) 433-0296.

Class rings may be ordered from Jostens.

Contact Information

Questions regarding the Law School graduation events should be directed to:
Jo Hunt, Associate Dean for Administration
(785) 670-1859

Gwyn Nelson, Senior Administrative Assistant
(785) 670-2460

Questions regarding graduation requirements should be directed to:
Donna Haverkamp, Student Records Administrator
(785) 670-1661