Yesterday the University held Convocation, an annual event to welcome new students and kick-off the new school year. This year’s Convocation was especially unique because the incoming freshman class will be the Sesquicentennial Class (That means that the class of 2015 will graduate as the University celebrates 150 years of education.) In honor of commemorating the past 146 years, Convocation focused on Washburn’s abundant history in the first fifty years.
For example, Washburn’s motto, Non Nobis Solum (Translated to “Not for ourselves alone”) exemplifies the atmosphere that surrounds Washburn today, just as it did when it was founded.
Ichabod Washburn, the gracious donor that inspired both the University’s name and mascot was certainly thinking of others when he donated $25,000 to stabilize the institution financially.
The Founders of the University were thinking not of themselves either, when they allowed women and African Americans to enroll. Being just years after the Civil War this was not just very progressive for a new institution it was also very bold. The same idea of equal rights was carried throughout the years as Washburn grew. In 1902, women of the University united to organize the first basketball team on campus, and in 1905 the men followed their lead with the first men’s basketball team.
Some of the earliest professors at Washburn were professors and graduates from Yale University that selflessly moved west for the sake of other’s education. It is for this reason that Washburn adopted Yale Blue as the official color of the University.
This year’s Convocation was exciting, and if you missed it you can view photos at http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150305871022369.364103.51023447368&type=1. If you are a current student I highly recommend attending next year, if you are a future student I look forward to seeing you there!