Parents, Visitors, and Families

Commencement Activities Schedule

Learn more about the events and activities during Commencement weekend: May 22-25, 2014.  You can also view details for the Commencement and Baccalaureate programs.

Commencement Map

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

Graduation Caps and Gowns

Pre-ordered Graduation caps/tassels 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. If you missed the deadlines to purchase your caps/tassles and gowns online or by phone, you will be able to purchase everything at the Bookstore for $40 (cash only) during the distribution date and time mentioned above.

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:

Students needing financial assistance to purchase their gowns are encouraged to contact Debi Evans at  A limited number of recycled robes are 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 through Herff Jones, along with your cap/gown/tassel. They 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

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)


An entirely student-run production, the 2013-2014 WAIILATPU the Whitman Yearbook covers popular events, club and varsity sports teams, art shows, theatre productions, Greek life, candids and more. The Yearbook accepts photo submissions related to all aspects of student life at Whitman, so make sure to submit your photos to if you want to see them in the 2014 Edition of WAIILATPU.

Students and parents can pre-order yearbooks during tabling sessions in Reid, Prentiss and Jewett throughout the semester, or you can request that we reserve a copy via email. All yearbook pre-orders must be received by April 6, 2014. The 2014 Edition of WAIILATPU is now FREE, all you have to do is send us the following information:

Student's Name (First and Last)

Student's WID # (parents, if this is a surprise & you don't know your student's WID then include their middle name above, just in case)

Student's Class Year

Note: if you paid to pre-order a yearbook prior to the announcement that yearbooks will be free, you will receive a refund within the next few weeks. Please contact us with any questions.

The WAIILATPU Release Party will take place on the last day of classes, May 13th (more info to come, like our page for updates: ). Students will have the opportunity to pick up their yearbooks at this event, otherwise they will receive their copy via campus mail within a few days after the release party.

For information about ordering, submitting photos or any other WAIILATPU-related questions, contact


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 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.

*If you are unable to find the answers you need on this website, please contact Krista Meyer in the President's Office at (509) 527-5132 or email: