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

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 2017 - September 3
Spring & Summer 2018
- February 2

Commencement Ceremony Dates


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.

NOTE: Undergraduate and graduate candidates who wish to request an exception to participate in a ceremony in a different semester than the one when they are scheduled to complete their requirments for graduation – send a request to and include WIN, name (as it is to appear in the printed program), degree, mailing address, personal email address, and reason for requesting an exception. The request will be reviewed and responded to as quickly as possible. Written requests can also be sent to Academic Scheduling and Commencement Services, Washburn University, 1700 SW College, Topeka, KS 66621.

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 #IchabodGrad17 and we'll celebrate with you. Congratulations and #GoBods!

Fall Grad Fair - Save the Date

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 ~ 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ~ Washburn Room/Memorial Union