Commencement is a ceremony to celebrate, honor and recognize the achievements of all graduates.

The University has commencement celebrations at the end of the fall and spring semesters (December and May).  Students completing degree requirements during the summer term will participate in spring commencement.

Students planning to participate in their commencement ceremony must submit their Application for Graduation to the University Registrar's office by the deadline for the semester they plan to walk:
Fall 2014 - September 5
Spring & Summer 2015
- February 6

Commencement Ceremony Dates


Friday, December 12, 2014 Saturday, May 16, 2015
Friday, December 11, 2015 Saturday, May 14, 2016
Friday, December 16, 2016 Saturday, May 13, 2017
Friday, December 15, 2017 Saturday, May 12, 2018
Friday, December 14, 2018 Saturday, May 11, 2019

*Washburn University reserves the right to change future dates if needed.

Professional Graduation Photos
Lifetouch Special Events Photography is pleased to provide this complimentary service for each graduate who crosses the stage during the commencement ceremony.

For information or questions about commencement photographs:

There is no obligation to purchase. If a valid email address is available to the photographer, a link to commencement photograph proofs will also be sent to participating graduates via email.

Please do not contact Washburn University with inquiries related to photographic service.

Lifetouch Photo Preregistration

Tag Your Pictures, Status Updates and Tweets

As you celebrate the big day, tag your pictures, status updates and Tweets with #IchabodGrad15 and we'll celebrate with you. Congratulations and #GoBods!


The 18th Street entrance from Washburn Avenue 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. Washburn University will provide shuttle service on Saturday, May 16, beginning at 8:00 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. from Lots 7 and 9. Shuttle pick up will be marked and located on Plass between the two lots. Guests will be dropped off on College Avenue by the sidewalk north of the tennis courts 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 their ceremony but no later than 30 minutes.

Map - Campus Parking & Shuttle Route/Stops
Spring Grad Fair - Save the Date

March 25, 2015 ~ 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. ~ Washburn Room/Memorial Union