Celebrate 150

Signature Events: Up Next

Founders Day and Lincoln Lecture: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.

Learn more about Founders Day

The Lincoln Lecture, "Giants: The Parallel Lives of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass," will be presented by John Stauffer. Stauffer is a professor of English and of African and African American Studies and chair of the History of American Civilization Program at Harvard University.

150 Years of Teaching, Tools and Technology exhibit, Mulvane Art Museum: Friday, Feb. 7 to March 4, 2014.

Sesquicentennial School Song Competition

The music portion of the contest is now open. Please submit your composition by April 1, 2014.

Learn more about the School Song Competition
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.

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Washburn University's Sesquicentennial

In anticipation of Washburn’s sesquicentennial, please 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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Celebrate Washburn. 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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