December 2022 School of Law Commencement

Updated: December 15, 2022.

Commencement details summary as of December 15, 2022:

  • Commencement Celebration Honoring the December 2022 Graduates
    • Friday, December 16, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Law School, 2nd Floor Lobby.
    • By December 2, please RSVP to (include number of guests).
  • The Commencement ceremony will be held in-person Friday, December 16, at 7:30 in Lee Arena.
    • Arrive between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m.
    • Park in the parking lot east of Petro Allied Health Center.
    • Enter Petro Allied Health Center through the Northeast entrance.
    • Check in at the table for the School of Law.
  • The School of Law ceremony will be combined with the School of Applied Studies, School of Business, and School of Nursing.
  • No registration is required for guests and there is no limit on the number of guests.
  • Students will line up in the hallways surrounding Lee Arena.
  • A group photo will be taken at 6:45 p.m. on the stairs at the northwest entrance to Petro.
  • Commencement begins at 7:30 p.m. with procession into Lee Arena, Petro Allied Health Center.
  • The ceremony will be live streamed for guests who are unable to attend the ceremony. The stream should begin shortly after 7:00 p.m. at:
  • The ceremony is expected to end at about 9:00 p.m.
  • During the ceremony, the University has a photographer who will take 3 photos for you:
    • prior to you walking across the stage,
    • receiving your diploma from the Dean, and
    • being hooded.
    • If you would like a photo of you with your hood, they will take this after the ceremony is completed.

Steps for a Successful Graduation

Step 1: BEFORE MARCH 31, 2022 - Graduates turn in Application for Degree (15 KB PDF)

Step 2: MID-OCTOBER 2022 - Sign up for a photo session with Wichers Photography for the Class of 2023 Graduate Composite

  • Composite includes December 2022, May, June, and August 2023 Graduates.
  • Photo sessions will be November 1, 2, and 3, 2022 at the Law School.
  • By appointment only. Schedule your appointment online at:

Step 3: NOVEMBER 1, 2022 - Order Graduation Announcements (optional)

  • CB Graduation Announcements will be at the GRAD FAIR on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in the Vogel Room (upper level), Memorial Union.
  • CB Graduation Announcements will be on campus at a date/time to be determined.

Step 4: NOVEMBER 1-DECEMBER 9, 2022 - Order Regalia from the Ichabod Shop

  • Order regalia online or at the GRAD FAIR on November 1, 2022, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., in the Vogel Room (upper level), Memorial Union.
    • You can pick up regalia in store, use SmartLocker pick-up, or have it shipped directly to you. Standard shipping charges will apply.
  • Please make sure you have all your pieces when you receive your regalia package!
  • Regalia cannot be returned after being opened!
  • Cost to purchase a full set of regalia is $99.00 (subject to change).
  • After December 9, 2022 you are not guaranteed to receive your regalia in time!
  • Email regalia questions to
  • Law School diplomas are 14 inches high by 17 inches wide.
  • Diploma frames are available at a discounted price during the GRAD FAIR on November 1.
    • Order diploma frames online or purchase in store at the Ichabod Shop starting November 1, 2022. (NOTE: Ichabod Shop will NOT ship diploma frames.)

Step 5: NOVEMBER 1, 2, and 3, 2022 - Have your photo taken for the Class of 2022 Graduate Composite

  • You do NOT need to provide your own regalia if Wichers Photography is taking your photo.
  • There is a session fee of $30.00 plus tax (total is $32.75) due at your appointment.
  • Each graduate will receive an 11" x 14" print of the composite for this fee.
  • You may pay with cash, check or debit/credit card.
  • Wichers Photography provides regalia for the photo session.
  • A small amount of your clothing will show under the robe. Look at previous year's composites to determine what is appropriate.
  • If you miss the November sessions you must have your picture taken by the end of February for it to be included in the composite.
    • Contact Wichers Photography at (785) 271-5355 to make an appointment.
    • Wichers is located at 4105 SW 29th Street (just west of Walgreen's at 29th and Gage on the south side of 29th).
  • Students attending Washburn Law remotely who are not able to come to Topeka for graduation composite photo sittings may submit a photo for the graduate composite. See the guidelines and submission form.

Step 6: BEFORE NOVEMBER 18, 2022 - Complete the Graduate and Employment Information Questionnaire

  • Complete the questionnaire when it is made available..
  • If you need to update your information after submitting the questionnaire, send changes to

Step 7: BEFORE NOVEMBER 18, 2022 - Contact Shelby Grau About Cords

  • Cords will be allowed for honorably discharged military veterans or active servicemembers, Washburn Law Journal, Latin Honors, and Advocacy Teams.
  • Contact Shelby Grau at
  • See the Stoles and Cords policy.

Step 8: BY DECEMBER 2, 2022 - RSVP to for December 16 Celebration Reception

  • Please include number of guests attending with you.

Step 9: BEFORE DECEMBER 16, 2022 - Pre-Register for Photos with Grad Images (Optional)

  • Individual photos will be taken of each graduate as hooding occurs, as congratulations are extended by Dean Jackson, and in front of the Law School banner.
  • Pre-register to receive no-obligation commencement photo proofs and a 20% discount if you chose to purchase photos. Once the site opens, click on your upcoming graduation and register.
  • Questions can be directed to or call (800) 628-4509.
Graduation Requirements
Graduation Checklist
  • J.D. (100 KB PDF)
    Note: If you took a hybrid course or participated in a competition prior to fall 2019 these may fulfill J.D. requirements. See Donna Haverkamp with questions.
  • M.S.L

Upper Level Certification Forms:

Graduate and Employment Form
Graphic: Thumbnail image of the form to be completed by December graduating students.

If you need to update your information after submitting the form, send changes to

Putting On Regalia
Photograph: Professor Jeffrey Jackson demonstrating how to put on a tam and carry a hood.

Professor Jeff Jackson demonstrates
how to put on your tam and carry your hood.

Graduation announcements may be ordered from CB Grad online or call (800) 433-0296.

Class rings may be ordered from Jostens.

Contact Information

Questions regarding the Law School graduation events should be directed to:
Cory Payne, Commencement Coordinator
(785) 670-1185

Shelby Grau, Director of Compliance and Administration
(785) 670-1455

Questions regarding graduation requirements should be directed to:
Donna Haverkamp, Student Records Administrator
(785) 670-1661