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.

Graduation Caps and Gowns

Order your cap, gown and tassel here. You must place your online order by April 13.

Pre-ordered caps, tassels and gowns will be distributed at the Whitman College Bookstore in the Reid Campus Center on Friday, May 15 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. If you missed the deadlines to purchase your caps/tassles 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 1:00-3:00pm on Sunday, May 24 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 2015. 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.

Commencement Weekend Schedule

Events and activities for Commencement weekend, May 22-25, 2015, will be updated as more information is made public, so please check back periodically to see what has been added. 

If there are additional events or activities you'd like to add to the schedule, please email by May 1.

Flowers and Leis

Pre-order flowers and leis to wear at Commencement. (optional)


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


An entirely student-run production, WAIILATPU covers popular events, club and varsity sports teams, art shows, theatre productions, Greek life, candids and more. The Yearbook accepts photo submissions related to all aspects of student life at Whitman. Make sure to submit your photos to if you want to see them in this year's edition of WAIILATPU.

For more information, view the yearbook page on this site or contact

Professional Photos

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

Senior Speaker Competition

The Senior Speaker Forum will be on April 15 at 4 p.m. in Olin 130.

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 our new Whitman Online Alumni Database who can help you learn about a career field, employers and possible job leads.

Green Pledge

Show your commitment to sustainability and improving the environment by taking the Green Pledge.

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