Parents, Visitors, and Families
Commencement Activities Schedule
See locations for restrooms, seating, water stations, first aid, and much more before you arrive on campus.
Caps & Gowns
All graduating seniors were required to purchase their cap and gown online by April 12, 2013. That date has now passed. If your grad did not purchase his or her cap and gown by the deadline, please note that a limited number of caps and gowns will be available for sale at the Whitman College bookstore on Friday, April 17 for $40 CASH.
Official Graduation Announcements are still available for purchase and will be shipped to the address of your choice. (optional).
To learn more information about seating, restrooms, and other accessibility information for 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.
Whitman Wi-Fi Hotspots, compliments of Spectrum Networks, is available for any visitor to access the Internet. Connect to the wireless network named whitman_wifi_hotspot .Your web browser will redirect to a special webpage with more information about the network you are connecting to. Follow the on-screen instructions to finalize your connection. No username or password is required.
Please note that the existing "whitman_wireless" network is reserved for faculty, staff and students and requires a log-in to access.
Learn how to order professional graduation photos or a DVD following Commencement.
Flowers and Leis
Pre-order flowers and leis for your senior to wear at Commencement. (optional)
Order a frame for your senior's diploma. (optional)
The Waiilatpu, the entirely student-produced yearbook, covers popular events, student housing, club and varsity sports teams, art shows, plays, theatre productions, Greek life, student clubs and more. Order a copy for your senior today!
You are encouraged to secure lodging as early as possible since many locations sell out during Commencement weekend. For more information about local accommodations in Walla Walla and its neighboring towns, check out the following links:
Tourism Walla Walla
Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce
Dayton, WA Chamber of Commerce
Pendleton, OR Chamber of Commerce
Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau
The Walla Walla Airport (ALW) is approximately 10 minutes from campus. There are usually two flights per day and all flights connect through Seattle.
The Pasco/Tri-Cities Airport (PSC) is approximately one hour from campus. It has a wider selection of available flights and connections. Please note that shuttle service is limited between Pasco and Walla Walla. Car rentals are available at the airport
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.