Please read the senior handbook cover-tocover to make sure you know all of the academic deadlines and requirements for graduation.
Graduation Caps and Gowns
All graduating seniors are expected to purchase their cap and gown online, through Herff Jones, no later than Friday, April 11, 2014 at 8:59 p.m.. Graduation cap/tassel and gowns will be distributed at the Whitman College Bookstore in the Reid Campus Center on Friday, May 16 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Graduates may choose to keep your cap/tassel and gown after graduation, or opt to recycle them following the Commencement ceremony. Collection bins will be placed in Reid Campus Center from 1:00-3:00pm on Sunday, May 25 to collect cap and gown donations. For more information about recycling and other green initiatives related to Commencement, please contact your Campus Sustainability Coordinators at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students who find the cost of a gown to be beyond their means, are encouraged to email Debi Evans at email@example.com. We have a limited number of recycled robes available for seniors to borrow. Please note: tassel and cap must still be purchased through the same site as the gowns.
Commencement Announcement Cards & Diploma Frames
If you would like to purchase announcements or a special frame for your diploma, they can be purchased online thru Herff Jones, along with your cap/gown/tassel. They will be shipped to the address of your choice.
The Senior Memo will be sent to you directly and added to this website during April 2014. The memo will include important information about your participation in the Commencement ceremony, including how to wear your cap and gown to when and where you line up for the processional.
Commencement Weekend Schedule
Want to know what's going on during your final days at Whitman? Check out all of the events and activities taking place during Commencement weekend: May 22-25, 2014. Events and activites will be updated as more information is made public, so please check back periodically to see what has been added. You are also welcome to view details of last years Commencement and Baccalaureate programs.
To submit additional events or activities for the schedule, contact Krista Meyer no later than May 1, 2014: firstname.lastname@example.org
Flowers and Leis
Pre-order flowers and leis to wear at Commencement. (optional)
Order official transcripts via web, mail, fax, or in person.
The Waiilatpu covers popular events, student housing, club and varsity sports teams, art shows, plays, theatre productions, Greek life, student clubs and more. Order a copy here!
Click thru for detailed instructions for how to pose for your official Commencement photo. You can also learn how to order professional graduation photos or a DVD following Commencement.
Senior Speaker Competition
The Senior Speaker Competition will be announced early in the 2nd Semester.
Post-Grad Careers & Networking
Contact the Student Engagement Center (SEC) to get the career advice you need from networking sessions and workshops, fine-tuning job research materials, identifying potential employers, researching graduate programs and post-baccalaureate internships. Get trained by SEC to obtain a list of alumni mentors from our new Whitman Online Alumni Database who can help you learn about a career field, employers and possible job leads.
Show your commitment to sustainability and improving the environment by taking the Green Pledge.
To learn more information about seating, restrooms, and other accessibility information for your friends or family with disabilities, please visit the Accessibility page. Special parking and a drop-off zone is available for guests with limited mobility. An ASL interpreter will be provided at both the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies.
Check out locations for restrooms, seating, water stations, first aid, and much more before Commencement weekend.
In the event of extreme weather, the Commencement ceremony will move indoors and begin at a later time than regularly scheduled. Due to limited seating indoors, different groups attending Commencement will be asked to watch the ceremony at different locations. Extreme weather is defined as conditions that are unsafe, such as severe winds, hail, or lightning. Conditions which are merely uncomfortable, such as steady or intermittent rain, will not invoke the Extreme Weather Plan.
Please click through to learn more about the Extreme Weather Plan.