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

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 2018 - September 3
Spring & Summer 2019
- February 1

Commencement Ceremony Dates


Friday, December 14, 2018 Saturday, May 11, 2019
Friday, December 13, 2019 Saturday, May 16, 2020
Friday, December 11, 2020 Saturday, May 15, 2021

*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.

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Washburn University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital or parental status. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Dr. Pamela Foster, Equal Opportunity Director/Title IX Coordinator, Washburn University, 1700 SW College Ave, Topeka, Kansas 66621, 785.670.1509,

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