Make your plans now to attend the Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2020.

Commencement - Sunday May 24, 2020 - 11 am - 1 pm
Baccalaureate - Saturday May 23, 2020 - 2:30 - 3:30 pm

No tickets are required for the Commencement Ceremony. Seating is first-come, first-served.

The 2019 ceremony can be viewed here: 2019 Commencement Ceremony

The Baccalaureate ceremony, which is held the day before Commencement, offers graduating seniors and their families an opportunity to reflect on their time spent at Whitman and look ahead to new opportunities.

No tickets are required for the Baccalaureate Ceremony. Seating is first-come, first-served.

The 2019 ceremony can also be viewed here: 2019 Baccalaureate Ceremony

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


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