Celebrate 150

Signature Events: Up Next

Grand Homecoming ~ Oct. 18-25
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Several special events are included in this year's Grand Homecoming celebration. Learn more and reserve your spot at the planned events!

Grand Homecoming overviewFriday: Department open houses, Deciation of Welcome Center, rennovated Morgan Hall and the Ichabod Plaza and more.Saturday: Pancake feed, Grand Parade, Grand Tailgate, Football game, Bow Tie Bash and more.
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The special exhibit, A Cabinet of Curiosities from Washburn University, has closed at Mulvane Art Museum. But you can view all of the artifacts in an online tour.

Take the tour

Genesis of a College
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Show your love for Washburn 150

Selected sesquicentennial logo imprinted items are available now at the Ichabod Shop, lower level, Memorial Union.

Check it out!

Celebrating 150 years of Washburn University

Join us as we celebrate 150 years of productive, innovative and pioneering achievements. From the founding of the university in 1865, Washburn has evolved to be a quality 21st century institution complemented with a rich history.

The founding principles of the university are best expressed in Washburn’s motto, Non nobis solum, or “not for ourselves alone.” Sesquicentennial activities began in August 2011 and will conclude with a Grand Homecoming celebration in the fall of 2015.

*The tornado of June 8, 1966 destroyed most campus buildings and left 16 Topekans dead and another 500 injured.

Our theme

The theme of Washburn's Sesquicentennial Celebration is "Non Nobis Solum: Not for ourselves alone." This theme, the University's motto, fully supports Washburn's view that we should contribute to the greater good of humanity, apart from our own interests.

Show your love for Washburn on your phone, tablet or desktop

Choose your favorite. Download the size you need. Upload to your device and set as wallpaper. Celebrate 150 years of Washburn University.

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vintage, bell and Whiting Fieldhouse
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Get involved
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Find out how you can help celebrate Washburn's sesquicentennial.

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Washburn's first 50 years
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Washburn, 1915-1965
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Washburn, 1966-1990
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Washburn, 1991-2004
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