December 2019 Law School Commencement

Washburn University Commencement is Friday, December 13, 2019, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Lee Arena of the Petro Allied Health Center on the Washburn Campus.

A Celebration 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, 2019 - December 2019 Graduates turn in Application for Degree (15 KB PDF)

Step 2: BEGINNING MID-OCTOBER 2019 - Sign up for your photo session with Wichers Photography for the Class of 2019 Graduate Composite

  • Composite includes December 2019, May, June, and August 2020 Graduates
  • By appointment only - Sign-up sheets will be available at the entrance of the Law Library.
  • Photo sessions will be November 4, 5, and 6, 2019 at the Law School.

Step 3: ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 29, 2019 - December 2019 Graduates Order Regalia from the Ichabod Shop

  • The Fall GRAD FAIR will be October 29, 2019` from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Ichabod Shop.
    • Order regalia and diploma frames at a discount during the GRAD FAIR.
    • The vendors offer a discount that is passed on to you by the Ichabod Shop only during the GRAD FAIR.
  • Cost for regalia ordered before the GRAD FAIR: $79.00.
  • Regalia orders placed after the GRAD FAIR will incur a LATE FEE.
    • Order online at the Ichabod Shop. (a new window will open)
    • Regalia should be available to pick up approximately one week prior to Commencement if ordered by the October 25th deadline.
  • You will receive an e-mail from the Ichabod Shop when your rental regalia (tam, gown, hood, tassel) has arrived.
    • Picked up at the cash register in the Ichabod Shop.
    • 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 4: NOVEMBER 4, 5, and 6, 2019 - Wichers Photo Sessions for the Class of 2020 Graduate Composite

  • There is a session fee of $30.00 plus tax ($32.75) due at your 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 (172 KB PDF) 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.
  • If you miss the November sessions you must have your picture taken for the Law School Composite 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).
Step 5: BEFORE NOVEMBER 15, 2019 - Complete the Graduate Information Questionnaire

Step 6: BEFORE DECEMBER 13, 2019 - Pre-Register for GradImages (Optional)

  • Individual photos will be taken of each graduate as hooding occurs, as congratulations are extended by Dean Pratt, and in front of the Law School banner.
  • Register to receive no-obligation commencement photo proofs and a 20% discount if you choose to purchase photos.
  • Questions can be directed to, or call (800) 628-4509, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. eastern time.

Commencement Day Schedule for Graduates

  • Date: Friday, December 13, 2019
  • 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 is available to secure personal items during the ceremony (NE corner of Petro by ticket booth).
  • Robing: 5:45 p.m. Hallway across from room 105 (NW corner of Petro).
  • Group photo: 6:00 p.m.
  • Line-up: Name Cards will be handed out at this time.
  • Ceremony begins: 6:30 p.m. and is expected to last less than two hours.
  • Regalia Return: Room 224.
  • Celebration Reception – a time for graduates to mingle, take photos, and relax with other graduates, fellow students, faculty, staff, family and friends.
    • Reception begins: Immediately following the commencement ceremony
    • Invitation: All family and guests, including children, are invited(no limit to number of guests)
    • Location: Petro Allied Health Center, Room 210 (McPherson Room, 2nd floor, north end)
    • Includes: Hors d'oeuvres, and non-alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages will be available at a cash bar.
    • 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. See campus map (4.4 MB PDF).

Graduation Requirements
Graduation Checklists
  • LL.M. (73 KB PDF)
  • J.D. (100 KB PDF)
    Note: If you took a hybrid course or participated in a competition prior to fall 2019 these may fulfill J.D. requirements. See Donna Haverkamp with questions.
  • M.S.L

Upper Level Certification Forms:

Graduate and Employment Form
Graphic: Thumbnail image of the form to be completed by December graduating students.

If you need to update your information after submitting the form, send changes to

Ichabod Shop

October 29,
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Memorial Union, Union Underground
(outside 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:
Cory Payne, Commencement Coordinator
(785) 670-1185

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