Make your plans now to attend the Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2017.

Whitman College Commencement
Sunday, May 21, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Memorial Building South Lawn

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

Can't make it to campus? We invite you to watch the Commencement Ceremony online.

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.

Baccalaureate Ceremony
Saturday, May 20, 2017
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cordiner Hall

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

Can't make it to campus? We invite you to watch the Baccalaureate Ceremony live online.

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


  • Whitman legacy families share thoughts on Commencement

    May 23, 2017 • Numerous legacy families watched their next generation graduate from Whitman College last Sunday at Commencement. The newly minted alumni followed a long line of kinship tradition.

  • Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg '01 counsels Whitman graduates to do good

    May 21, 2017 • Commencement speaker Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg ’01 delivered a motivational imperative to the Whitman College graduating class of 2017 today: privilege carries "an obligation to make the world a better place."

  • Parents appreciate their graduates—and Whitman

    May 21, 2017 • Parents of graduating seniors applauded their progeny and Whitman College at the 131st Commencement ceremony held earlier today. Families came from around the region, country and world to witness the festivities that involved 374 walking and 346 graduating seniors—and took a few minutes to share an affirming, appreciative thought.

  • Contemplation, sustenance, service: Whitman’s Baccalaureate ceremony

    May 20, 2017 • An annual sendoff preceding Commencement, the hour-long Baccalaureate is an enduring tradition at Whitman and more spiritual than religious. It honors the graduating class and highlights their personal growth and achievement.

  • Food for thought: catering Commencement

    May 19, 2017 • Some 4,000 people will partake in a light luncheon on the south lawn of the Memorial Building immediately after the ceremony, and preparations began last week.