Celebrate 150

Display from exhibit including Ichabod puppet and flag

The special exhibit, A Cabinet of Curiosities from Washburn University, has closed at Mulvane Art Museum. But you can view all of the artifacts in an online tour.

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Genesis of a College
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Celebrating 150 years of Washburn University

From the founding of the university in 1865, Washburn has evolved to be a quality 21st century institution complemented with a rich history. Recently, we celebrated 150 years of productive, innovative, and pioneering achievements. 

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 concluded 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.

vintage, 1897 football team and 150 logo
vintage, campus photo and torn tape, with 150 logo
vintage, bell and Whiting Fieldhouse
Flim strip with vintage photos and 150 logo
Washburn's first 50 years
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Washburn, 1915-1965
Screen shot from 1915-1965 video

Washburn, 1966-1990
image of tornado damage to campus from the air

Washburn, 1991-2004
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Washburn, 2005 and beyond
video thumbnail; President Jerry Farley