Commencement History

Click the links below to view videos or read transcripts from Whitman's recent Commencement ceremonies.

  • Commencement 2014

    Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, delivered the 2014 Commencement Address.

  • Commencement 2013

    Eric Idle-best known for "Monty Python's Flying Circus"-was the featured speaker at Whitman College's 2013 Commencement Ceremony.

  • Commencement 2012

    Eric Schlosser, journalist and author of "Fast Food Nation" was Whitman College's 2012 Commencement speaker.

  • Commencement 2011

    Meda Chesney-Lind '69, Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, delivered Whitman College's 2011 Commencement address.

  • Commencement 2010

    Whitman's 2010 Commencement speaker was journalist and political analyist Juan Williams.

  • Commencement 2009

    Ryan Crocker '71, a former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, was Whitman's 2009 Commencement speaker.

  • Commencement 2008

    Bill Gates, Sr., retired attorney, author and philanthropist, delivered Whitman's 2009 Commencement address.

  • Commencement 2007

    Whitman College's 2007 Commencement Ceremony featured speaker Jeffrey D. Sachs, economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

  • Commencement 2006

    Ron Takaki, author, historian, and ethnographer, spoke at Whitman College's 2006 Commencement ceremony.

  • Honorary Degrees

    Honorary Degrees