The Honorable Robert J. Dole will serve as the grand marshal in the 2015 Homecoming Parade Saturday, Oct. 24.
Dole graduated from Washburn with a bachelor of arts and juris doctor degrees in 1952. He held elected positions as a Russell County attorney, Representative of Kansas and a United States Congressman before he was elected to the U.S. Senate. In his 30 years with the Senate, he was chairman of the Republican national committee and the Senate Majority leader in which he set a record as longest-serving Republican leader.
In 1976, Dole was President Ford’s vice presidential running mate and a presidential candidate in 1988 and 1996.
Washburn University has honored him with many awards including Honorary Doctor of Law in 1969, Honorary Doctor of Civil Law in 1985 and the Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1966. Washburn Law honored Dole with the Law Alumni Association Distinguished service Award in 1981 and Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
Since retiring, Dole has been traveling around the state endorsing and speaking for state officials during reelection.
Dole will ride in the first convertible of the homecoming parade with President Farley and his wife, Susan.
The Homecoming Week celebration is Oct. 18 through Oct. 25. The week long celebration includes traditions such as Yell Like Hell and Top Hat decorating.
The Grand Tailgate, Bow Tie Bash and Grand Finale are special Homecoming events in celebration of Washburn’s 150th anniversary.
Students are encouraged to attend the events throughout the week and become involved in activities.
The week will finish up with the football game against the University of Central Oklahoma, which starts at 2 p.m. at Yager Stadium.