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Week Ahead on Wednesday for May 10, 2017

05/10/17 11:05 am CDT
Week Ahead on Wednesday for May 10, 2017

Welcome to a special newsletter from the University Relations staff at Washburn University.  This newsletter goes out every Wednesday when classes are in session.  It's designed to showcase events and story possibilities in the coming week.  For more information about any of these events or story tips, contact Washburn's University Relations Department at wurelations@washburn.edu or at 785-670-1711.

Last issue until summer school classes begin on May 30

Things will be a little quiet on campus for now, but be sure to check our online newsroom at www.washburn.edu/news for stories in the meantime.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

5:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.  – Lee Arena -- Free & Open to the Public

Washburn Tech graduation ceremonies

Spring commencement is scheduled for May 11 in Lee Arena on the Washburn University campus. For the first time, Washburn Tech will host two ceremonies to accomodate the large graduating class. 

The events will also be live streamed at :

5:00 p.m. - https://youtu.be/sOrdo3dLilU

8:00 p.m. - https://youtu.be/y3L8aTpOF7A

Saturday, May 13, 2017

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  – Lee Arena

Washburn University & Washburn University School of Law graduation ceremonies

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


Doors open to the public one hour before each ceremony.


Ceremonies also streamed live at:

9:30 a.m. (SAS) - https://youtu.be/EGG8RUs833U

12:30 p.m. (CAS) - https://youtu.be/FcTJoyKLdrw

3:30 p.m. (SOBU/SON) - https://youtu.be/VhHUYA_WUyM

6:30 p.m. (SOL) - https://youtu.be/IuT7Ml06L6E

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  – Mulvane Art Museum -- Free & Open to the Public

Dear White People

International jazz vocalist Lisa Henry, accompanied by live musicians, will offer a compelling presentation on racism in America that provides a safe space for attendees to examine racism's effects on the Black psyche, the community, and how to start the very necessary dialog in our homes and communities.

Q&A moderated by Danielle Dempsey-Swopes, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Washburn University will follow the program

Saturday, May 20, 2017

8:00 a.m. – Noon  – Shawnee County Courthouse

Volunteers Needed to Serve as Mock Jurors

Washburn University School of Law invites members of Topeka and the surrounding communities to serve as jurors or witnesses for mock trials on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Washburn Law students participating in Washburn Law’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP) will put their trial skills to the test after a week of intense training. The mock trials will take place at the Shawnee County Courthouse, 200 SE 7th St., Topeka, from 8 a.m. to noon.

 About 70 volunteers are needed to serve as jurors or witnesses. Volunteers acting as jurors are needed on Saturday only; volunteers acting as witnesses are asked to be at the Law School or available by telephone on Friday, May 19, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for preparation, and be at Saturday’s event.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  – Kansas Ave in Downtown Topeka -- Free & Open to the Public

Voices of Freedom – a musical festival celebrating Brown v Board

Come celebrate the 63rd anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision that ended "separate but equal" in public schools.

The "Voices of Freedom" festival will will start at 2 p.m. and feature a variety of performances including folk, blues, gospel and rock interspersed with poetry and other readings. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to relax and enjoy the music.

Kelley Hunt, a native of Kansas City and an acclaimed singer/songwriter/musician will headline the festival with additional performances by Maria the Mexican, Isaac Cates and Ordained, and Injunuity.

Current Schedule:

2:00 Mayor’s opening message


3:15-3:30 recorded “voices” about Brown v. Board of Education


4:30-4:45 recorded “voices” about Brown v. Board of Education


5:45-6 Mini Poetry Slam



For more information, go to our Facebook Events Page at: http://bit.ly.com/TopekaMusic



Washburn University
Patrick Early, (785) 670-1711
Director, Public Relations
(717) 385-1119 (cell)

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