May 2018 Commencement

Washburn University School of Law Commencement is Saturday, May 12, 2018, 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.

Steps for a Successful Graduation

Step 1: BEFORE OCTOBER 31, 2017 - Turn in your Application for Degree (15 KB PDF)

Step 2: 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 2018. 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.
Step 3: MARCH 28, 2018 - Order Regalia at the GRAD FAIR
  • The GRAD FAIR will be from 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM in Memorial Union, Washburn Rooms A & B.
  • Order regalia at a discount during the GRAD FAIR.
  • Diploma frames are also available at a discounted price during the GRAD FAIR.
  • Regalia ordered after the GRAD FAIR is subject to late fees.
  • Order online at the Ichabod Shop.
  • Regalia should be available to pick approximately one week prior to Commencement if ordered the Grad Fair.
  • 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 the southeast of the Washburn Rooms in the Memorial Union.
  • If you need to keep regalia over the weekend please contact Rhonda Wedel prior to the ceremony.

Step 4: BEFORE MAY 1, 2018 - Fill out the sheet inside the law library entrance indicating 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 5: BEFORE MAY 1, 2018 - Complete a Graduation Card.

  • Pickup card at table inside the law library entrance.
  • Leave the completed card in the basket inside the law library entrance.
  • If you need to update your information after submitting the form, send changes by email to

Step 6  BY MAY 11, 2018 - 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 7: MAY 11, 2018 - Mandatory Practice

  • Petro Allied Health Center, 10:30-11:00 a.m., Room PC 220
  • Petro Allied Health Center, 11:00-11:30 a.m., Lee Arena

Commencement Day — Saturday, May 12, 2018

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 4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 12. 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.

Commencement Procession Rout

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.

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 rooms A & B. Hors d'oeuvres, along with both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, will be served.

Watch Commencement

May 2018 commencement can be watched live on YouTube beginning at 6:30 p.m. on May 12.

Graduation Checklists

Upper Level Certification Forms:

Graduation Requirements
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.

Legacy Photos With Relatives
Photograph: Photographer taking photo of Washburn Law graduate 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 Kathy Johnson at ((785) 670-1011) or Karli Davis at ((785) 670-2013).

Contact Information

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

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