Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Washburn University has remained committed to honoring the accomplishments of its graduates. Based on improvements in COVID-19 trends and the outlook for the future, we are thrilled to announce that the university will be hosting in-person commencement ceremonies in May for both our 2020 and 2021 graduates.

Please read below for important information about the plans for these ceremonies. Please visit this site frequently for any updates in details and plans for graduation activities.

Commencement at Washburn University this year will certainly look different from other years. Not only are we committed to making it special, but we truly believe it will be exceptional in many ways making it a true celebration of our graduates’ accomplishments. We are finalizing plans now.

Our graduates and their fans – family, friends, faculty and staff - can look forward to all the best of “pomp and circumstance” of a commencement including processing into the ceremony, crossing the graduation stage, and posing for photos. Additionally, we are excited to celebrate in new ways with celebratory festivities such as live music, video, concessions, and much more. We can’t wait to celebrate with our graduates.

Washburn University Spring and Fall 2020 Graduates (excluding School of Law)

  • May 1, 3 p.m., Yager Stadium
    • Rain date, if needed: May 2 

Washburn University Spring 2021 Graduates (excluding School of Law)

  • May 8, 3 p.m., Yager Stadium
    • Rain date, if needed: May 9

Washburn University School of Law

  • 2020 graduates – May 15, 10 a.m., Lee Arena
  • 2020 & 2021 graduates – May 15 2 p.m., Lee Arena

Special School Events

  • School of Nursing 2021 pinning ceremony – May 7, 3:30 p.m., Lee Arena
  • School of Applied Studies 2021 Certificate and Award Ceremony – May 8, 10 a.m., Lee Arena

Students who are planning to attend their graduation ceremony this May must register by April 15, 2021.

Each student will be allowed up to 6 guests at their ceremony; graduating students will be asked during the registration process to indicate the number of guests they anticipate will attend their ceremony, to aid in our planning.

Spring/Fall 2020 Graduates, register yourself and your guests by clicking here

Spring 2021 Graduates, register yourself and your guests by clicking here.

Visit The Ichabod Shop for more information on Grad Fair and purchasing regalia.

Grad Fair Spring 2021
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
10 am - 4 pm

  • Save 20% on your Cap, Gown, and Tassel*
  • Semi-Annual sale on Diploma Frames
  • Specials on Washburn merchandise
  • In store and at

*Undergrad and Masters Cap/Gown/Tassel package only. Doctorate and Faculty regalia are not eligible for discount.

For graduates:

  • Graduates should arrive at 1:30 pm and park in Parking Lot 4
  • Enter Petro Allied Health Center via the East main doors. Staff will check you in and direct you to the appropriate locations.  

For guests:

  • Guests should arrive at 2pm and park in lots on the west side of campus.
  • Handicap parking will be available in lot 5 and lot 16

Memorial Union will be open and guests may visit the Ichabod Shop, the Cornerstore and use the facilities en route to Yager Stadium.


In order to maximize safety, we are moving our largest graduation ceremonies outdoors to Yager Stadium, while smaller ceremonies will be held in Lee Arena. For all ceremonies and in all facilities, we will follow Shawnee County guidance and health orders regarding COVID-19 safety, and we will adapt our plans to new developments as they arise.

All ceremonies will be live-streamed to allow remote participation. Faculty are welcome to participate in-person in these ceremonies, but may also participate virtually if they choose—additional information about remote participation is forthcoming.

Saturday, May 1

Washburn University - 2020 Ceremony 

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Central time (90 min.)  

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Friday, May 7

School of Nursing 2021 Pinning Ceremony

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Central time (90 min.)

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Saturday, May 8

School of Applied Studies 2021 Pinning Ceremony

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Central time (60 min.)

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Washburn University – Spring 2021 Ceremony 

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Central time (3 hours)  

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Saturday, May 15

School of Law (Class of 2020 & 2021)

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Central time (90 min.)

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Graduation Buffet

Please bring your family and celebrate with us! The Washburn Student Union is conveniently located on the Washburn University campus. Park once, eat, shop, and enjoy the day!

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