Class of 2017 on Ankeny
Class of 2017 on Ankeny field, on opening week of their first year

Senior Handbook

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

Graduation Caps and Gowns

Pre-ordered caps, tassels and gowns will be distributed at the Whitman College Bookstore in the Reid Campus Center on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. If you missed the deadlines to purchase your caps/tassels 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 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 21 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

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, and tassel. They will be shipped to the address of your choice.

Senior Memo

The Senior Memo will be sent to you directly and added to this website during April 2016. The memo will include important information about your participation in the Commencement ceremony, including how to wear your cap and gown to when and where you line up for the processional.


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

Professional Photos

Please see the photo page on this site for more information about Commencement photos.

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.

Accessibility Information

To learn more information about seating, restrooms, and other accessibility information for your 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.

Commencement Map

Check out locations for restrooms, seating, water stations, first aid, and much more before Commencement weekend.

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.

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