Commencement Weekend Schedule

As this site will be updated frequently, please check back for more information.  Final weekend event details will be posted by Monday, May 18, 2015.

General Information

Sherwood Center, Baker Ferguson Fitness Center, and Harvey Pool -  Work out, shoot hoops, swim, play racquet ball or squash, and use the sauna. Summer hours will be in effect, click here to check the facility hours of operations. 
 
Whitman College Bookstore - Purchase insignia clothing, candy and chocolates, magazines and books, cards and last minute gifts. Open 9 a.m.-5:00 p.m. May 21, 22, 23 and 24. (Reid Campus Center basement)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

8:00 p.m. HAIR: The American Tribal Love - Rock Musical
Book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt Macdermot.   A searing indictment of the war in Vietnam and a plea for freedom, love and understanding, Hair's iconic songs include AquariusGood Morning StarshineHair and Let the Sunshine In.  Join the "tribe" as they take over Harper Joy Theater presenting a fresh new take on one of the most revolutionary musicals of all time. Reservations are available beginning May 4. (Harper Joy Theater)

Friday, May 22, 2015

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm - 2015 Studio Art Major Senior Thesis Show
The 2014-2015 Sheehan season closes with its second student based exhibition, the 2015 Senior Art Thesis Show.  The show is a favorite for the campus because of its energy, diversity, and connection to the Whitman community, and celebrates the accomplishments of the senior art majors. (Olin Hall, Sheehan Gallery) 8:00 p.m. 

3:00 p.m. - Student Engagement Center Reception for Graduating Seniors
The Student Engagement Center invites graduating seniors and their families to an open house reception in celebration of their graduation. Light refreshments will be served.  (Reid Campus Center, second floor)

4:00 p.m. - Reception for Senior Varsity Athletes
The W Club hosts a reception for graduating senior varsity athletes, their families, and alumni athletes from the class of 1965. Light refreshments will be served. (Sherwood Center Hall of Fame Foyer)

HAIR: The American Tribal Love - Rock Musical
Book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt Macdermot.   A searing indictment of the war in Vietnam and a plea for freedom, love and understanding, Hair's iconic songs include AquariusGood Morning StarshineHair and Let the Sunshine In.  Join the "tribe" as they take over Harper Joy Theater presenting a fresh new take on one of the most revolutionary musicals of all time. Reservations are available beginning May 4. (Harper Joy Theater) 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

9:00 a.m. - Phi Beta Kappa Brunch & Annual Meeting
Phi Beta Kappa members and their guests are invited to attend. Please email your RSVP to Andrea Dobson at dobson@whitman.edu (Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom)

11:00 a.m. - Psychology Department Champagne Toast
The Psychology faculty invite graduating seniors and their families for snacks and a champagne toast to celebrate the accomplishments of the senior class. (Maxey Auditorium Foyer)

1:00 p.m. - Sheehan Gallery Friends & Family Reception
Please join with the Sheehan Gallery in recognizing the 2015 Senior Studio Art Majors. The event will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Sheehan Gallery, Olin Hall.

1:15 p.m. - Geology Department Open House
Meet Geology department faculty and view a slideshow. (Hall of Science, Atrium and Room 151)

1:30 p.m. - Schwa A Cappella
Whitman's premier co-ed a cappella group, will perform one last time before the current Whitman College seniors graduate!  Students, friends, and family are all welcome!  Free and open to the public.  For more information on Schwa A Cappella, go to: https://www.whitman.edu/schwa/    (Olin Hall 130)

2:30 p.m. - Baccalaureate Ceremony in Cordiner Hall
This ceremony offers graduating seniors and their families an opportunity to reflect on their time spent at Whitman and look ahead to new opportunities. Tickets are not required.

4:00 p.m. - Reception for English Seniors
This is a reception for English Seniors and their friends and family and English Department Faculty. Sponsored by the English Department (Olin Hall Faculty lounge, 1st floor of Olin).

8:00 p.m. HAIR: The American Tribal Love - Rock Musical
Book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt Macdermot. A searing indictment of the war in Vietnam and a plea for freedom, love and understanding, Hair's iconic songs include AquariusGood Morning StarshineHair and Let the Sunshine In.  Join the "tribe" as they take over Harper Joy Theater presenting a fresh new take on one of the most revolutionary musicals of all time. Reservations are available beginning May 4. (Harper Joy Theater) 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

8:30 a.m. - Seating Opens for Commencement
Parents, families and friends attending Commencement may claim seats in open seating sections on the south lawn of Memorial starting at 8:00 a.m. So that everyone can enjoy the ceremony, please only hold the number of seats your party will need. Community members are encouraged to sit in the bleachers to allow parents and families an opportunity to sit closer to their grads. (Memorial Building South Lawn)

11:00 a.m. - Whitman College Commencement Ceremony
The closing ceremony of the academic year includes the conferring of diplomas, honorary degrees, and awards. The ceremony will run approximately 2 hours. (Memorial Building South Lawn)

1:00 p.m. - Post-Commencement Luncheon
A light luncheon will be served for graduates and their families, faculty, and staff following the Commencement ceremony. In case of rain, lunch will be relocated to Sherwood Center. Happy graduation, everyone! (Memorial Building North Lawn, near Penrose Library)*If you are unable to find the answers you need on this website, please call the Office of Conferences, Events and Scheduling at (509) 527-5366 or email commencement@whitman.edu.