In a three mile parade beginning at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 3rd in Kansas City, Missouri the Royals baseball team celebrated their 2015 World Series Championship win.
For the first time in 30 years, the Royals brought home the crown. Schools and business all over the Kansas City area were closing down to allow students, faculty and staff the opportunity to celebrate this historical win.
When approached via Twitter by students asking Washburn to allow for the day off, Washburn had no reply.
"Favorite or retweet this to get @WashburnUniv to cancel classes for the parade tomorrow. Everyone else is... #TookTheCrown #BeRoyal," tweeted Washburn student, Colby Taylor.
According to 42 Action News, more than 30 school districts closed to attend the victory parade. This included colleges such as Johnson County Community College and the Metropolitan Community Colleges.
Most students were not surprised by the lack of response by Washburn though and believed it was a long shot to ask in the first place.
"2 yrs ago Washburn was the only university in Kansas not to close bc of 3ft of snow. They're not closing tomorrow early," said Washburn student, Aaron Childers in a tweet about the possibility of Washburn canceling classes.
The beauty of college though is that one does not need permission to skip class. Many students played hooky for the day to be one of 800,000 people to attend the victory parade. Cars were abandoned on the sides streets and in the middle of the highways. Some people walked more than 10 miles just to reach the end of the parade at Union Station. Two people even pretended to be media journalists and were able to walk in the parade, meet Salvador Perez and get a hand on the World Series trophy.
People were willing to jump through hoops to attend and be apart of the Royals celebration. Students from Pittsburg State University, Mid-America Nazarene University, Emporia State University, the University of Kansas and Kansas State University were pleading for the day off with no luck.
Despite the lack of response from Washburn about canceling classes, they did show the live-viewing of the parade in the lower-level of the Union so students could watch and enjoy the celebration.