Special Events

Celebrate 150 years of Washburn

The celebration concludes during the Fall 2015 semester

Aug. 17, 2015

  • University Convocation, 4 p.m., White Concert Hall.

October 23-25, 2015 -- Grand Homecoming Weekend

  • Several special events are happening during Grand Homecoming, specificially on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 and 24. Affinity group gatherings and reunions are planned for Oct. 25 and the traditional events and activities are planned for current students and the community Oct. 18-22. Visit the Homecoming website to learn more about these events and plan a weekend to remember.

December 11, 2015 -- Fall Commencement

  • This is the final Grand Graduation for the Class of 2015.

Completed events 2014-2015

Aug. 18, 2014

  • University Convocation

Feb. 5, 2015 

  • Get deals at the Ichabod Shop and a free cupcake to celebrate Washburn's founding as Lincoln College in 1865.
  • Gather for the 2015 Lincoln-Harman Lecture, featuring Steven Hahn, at 7 p.m. in the Washburn Room of the Memorial Union. Hahn's presentation, "What Slaves Thought of Lincoln," is free and open to the public.

Feb. 6, 2015 -- Founders Day

  • President Jerry Farley will share cupcakes beginning at noon in the Memorial Union.
  • Faculty and staff will celebrate from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

May 8, 2015 -- Presidents' Concert

  • 7:30 p.m., White Concert Hall, "150 years of Music!"

May 15, 2015 -- Ichabod Senior Sendoff

  • Graduates, you are invited to share a lunch, cooked and served by Washburn administrators, as we celebrate you and your accomplishments.

May 16, 2015 -- Grand Graduation

Please visit our Commencement page for information related to parking, arrival time, photos and more.

  • 8:00 a.m. - School of Applied Studies Certificate and Award Ceremony, White Concert Hall
  • 9:30 a.m. - School of Applied Studies Commencement, Lee Arena, Petro Allied Health Center
  • 12:30 p.m. - College of Arts and Sciences Commencement, Lee Arena, Petro Allied Health Center
  • 3:30 p.m. - School of Business and School of Nursing Commencement, Lee Arena, Petro Allied Health Center 
  • 5:30 p.m. - School of Nursing Recognition and Awards Ceremony, White Concert Hall 
  • 6:30 p.m. - School of Law Commencement, Lee Arena, Petro Allied Health Center

Completed events, 2013-2014

Aug. 19, 2013
  • University Convocation

Sept. 28, 2013

  • Family Day and Ichabod's 215th Birthday Bash

Oct. 25, 2013

  • As part of Homecoming Week 2013, the School of Applied Studies celebrated its 30th Anniversary.

Feb. 6, 2014 - Founders Day

  • Get deals at the Ichabod Shop and a free cupcake to celebrate Washburn's founding as Lincoln College in 1865.
  • Gather for the 2014 Lincoln Lecture, featuring John Stauffer at 7 p.m. in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center. Stauffer's presentation, "Giants: The Parallel Lives of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass," is free and open to the public.

Feb. 7 to March 4, 2014

  • Visit the Mulvane Art Museum to take in a special exhibit: "150 Years of Teaching, Tools and Technology"

Ongoing until April 1 - Sesquicentennial Song Competition

  • Compose music for a song about Washburn
  • Entries are due by April 1, 2014.

Completed events, 2012-2013

August 20, 2012

Sept. 7, 2012

  • Paint Washburn art exhibit opens at the Mulvane Art Museum with a reception from 5-8 p.m. Many of the artists who have pieces on display will attend.
  • The exhibit features works created during the Art en Plein Aire event, which took place April 21, 2012.
  • The exhibit will remain on display until Nov. 15

Oct. 26, 2012

  • Celebrate 10 years of Lady Blues soccer.
  • Watch the Lady Blues take on the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos at 6 p.m. at Yager Stadium at Moore Bowl.
  • Receive a commemorative Washburn sesquicentennial soccer scarf while supplies last. 
  • In conjunction with Homecoming, more than 30 members of the Lady Blues from the first 10 seasons are back in Topeka for a reunion.

Nov. 17, 2012

  • Paint Washburn Art Auction featuring art created during the Art en Plein Aire event, which took place April 21, 2012.
  • The auction is a cocktail event and is $50 per person to attend.

Feb. 6, 2013 - Founders Day

  • Lincoln Lecture series, featuring Manisha Sinha, professor and graduate program director at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Sinha will speak on "Race and Equality in the Age of LIncoln" at 7 p.m. in the Washburn Room, Memorial Union

Spring - Sesquicentennial Song Competition

  • Compose lyrics for a song about Washburn
  • Entries are due by April 1, 2013.
  • A second phase of the competition, for the original musical composition, will be announced in September 2013

Completed events, 2011-2012

Aug. 18, 2011

  • The four-year celebration kicked off with unveiling of the Washburn 150 logo during celebration of Ichabod Washburn's 213th birthday.

Aug. 22, 2011

  • University Convocation

Feb. 6, 2012 - Founders Day

  • Lincoln Lecture Series, featuring Richard Norton Smith, a nationally recognized authority on the American presidency and a familiar face to viewers of C-SPAN, as well as “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” with the presentation of “Lincoln and Washburn University: Toward a New America,” in the Washburn Room, Memorial Union, Washburn University. The lecture is free and open to the public.

April 16-June 18, 2012

April 21, 2012