The number of COVID-19 cases are rising in Shawnee County and at Washburn University. Due to these increases in cases and hospitalizations along with the projections for the future, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone the celebration of graduation for this fall semester


We will reschedule graduation celebrations at some point in the future. Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, we will wait for appropriate circumstances to finalize and announce the plan.

We know our graduates are disappointed, as are our faculty and staff. Graduation is an important milestone and one of the all-time favorite events on campus. It marks a significant passage in the lives of our students and we love celebrating with them. However, with the pandemic worsening at this point, the responsible choice is to postpone the event.

As we complete the semester, we will host a virtual event similar to the celebration at the end of last spring. This virtual event will include messages of support and encouragement from Dr. Farley, myself and from many of our deans. It is not a substitute for our usual graduation celebration, but it will be recognition for the graduates’ diligent work and dedication in completing their education under these truly exceptional circumstances. We will share more information about the virtual event in December.


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.



* 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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