Senior Handbook

Please read the senior handbook cover-to-cover to make sure you know all of the academic deadlines and requirements for graduation.

Participating in the Commencement Ceremony

The 2021 Commencement Ceremony will consist of one ceremony for graduating students only, in order to follow current COVID-19 event restrictions. Further details will be shared throughout the spring as they are finalized.

Family, friends and other members of the Whitman community may participate online through the livestream, which will be broadcast on

Caps and Gowns

Caps and gowns are available to order online from Herff Jones and will be shipped directly to students. Orders must be placed by April 14, 2021. If a student misses the deadline to purchase caps/tassels and gowns online, they will be able to purchase everything at the campus bookstore for $40 (cash only) during the week of May 15.

Students needing financial assistance to purchase their gowns are encouraged to contact Conferences & Events at 509-527-5366. 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 diploma, they can be purchased online through Herff Jones. They will be shipped to the address of your choice.

Senior Memo

The Senior Memo is sent directly to graduates and can also be accessed online. The memo includes important information and logistics about the Commencement ceremony.


Order official transcripts via web, mail, fax or in person.

Post-Grad Careers & Networking

Contact the Student Engagement Center (SEC) to get the career advice you need from networking sessions and workshops, fine-tuning job research materials, identifying potential employers, researching graduate programs and post-baccalaureate internships. Get trained by SEC to obtain a list of alumni mentors from Whitman Connect, our online alumni database, who can help you learn about career fields, employers and possible job leads.

Have questions about Commencement? Please call the Office of Conferences, Events and Scheduling at 509-527-5251 or email