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Graduating Seniors

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 Commencement Ceremony will consist of one ceremony for graduating students. Family, friends and members of the Whitman community may attend in person or participate online through the livestream, which will be broadcast on whitman.edu/commencement.

Caps and Gowns

All seniors participating in the commencement ceremony are required to obtain their commencement regalia (cap, gown and tassel). There are two options available:

  1. Purchase caps, gowns and tassels online.
  2. Students may choose from Whitman’s limited supply of recycled caps and gowns, which are available on a self-serve basis. A coat rack full of various sized gowns and caps is located in the foyer of the WCTS building. Feel free to stop by anytime during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All you need to do is find the appropriately-sized gown and cap, then check your name off of the list. There is no cost for using these caps and gowns, but students will still need to purchase tassels, which will be available in the campus bookstore.

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. 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 Career and Community Engagement Center 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 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 commencement@whitman.edu.

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