Parents, Visitors, and Families

Commencement Activities Schedule

The Commencent ceremony will be hold on Sunday, May 24 beginning at 11:00 a.m. on the Memorial Building South Lawn. The Baccalaureate Ceremony will take place on May 23 beginnining at 2:30 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.

Additional events and activities for Commencement weekend will be updated as more information is made public.

Commencement Map

See locations for restrooms, seating, water stations, first aid, and much more before you arrive on campus.

Graduation Caps and Gowns

Caps, gowns and tassels can be ordered here. Online orders must be placed by April 13.

Pre-ordered caps, tassels and gowns will be distributed at the Whitman College Bookstore in the Reid Campus Center on Friday, May 15 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. If a student misses the deadlines to purchase caps/tassles and gowns online or by phone, they will be able to purchase everything at the Bookstore for $40 (cash only) during the distribution date and time mentioned above.

Students needing financial assistance to purchase their gowns are encouraged to contact Debi Evans at evansdj@whitman.edu.  A limited number of recycled robes are available for seniors to borrow. Please note: tassels and caps 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 graduate's diploma, they can be purchased online through Herff Jones, and will be shipped to the address of your choice.

Accessibility Information

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.

Wireless Access

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.

Professional Photos

Please see the photo page on this site for more information about Commencement photos.

Flowers and Leis

If you would like, you can pre-order flowers and leis for your graduate to wear at Commencement. (optional)

Accommodations

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 the following links:

Airport

The Walla Walla Airport (ALW) is approximately 10 minutes from campus. There are 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.

Extreme Weather

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.

Questions? If this FAQ doesn't answer them, please call the Office of Conferences, Events and Scheduling at (509) 527-5366 or email commencement@whitman.edu.