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Guest Accessibility

As we look ahead to commencement weekend, we hope that you and your party will find the weekend accessible and enjoyable. Here are a few things you might want to keep in mind to ensure that your visit to Whitman College goes as smoothly as possible.

Commencement Map

Visit the Commencment Map page to see important locations such as restrooms, seating, water stations, first aid and more before you arrive on campus. 


Accessible restrooms are located near the commencement ceremony in the Sherwood Athletic Center and Penrose Library. Additional restrooms are available on the ground floor of the Reid Campus Center.

Parking/Drop-Off Locations

Parking stalls designated for accessible access are available in all campus parking lots. Additional parking for those with accessibility placards or permits is available at any accessible-designated location or along the driveway of the Baker Center, located on the corner of Otis Street and Boyer Avenue. 

For guests in need of a nearby drop-off or pick-up location, the same corner is designated for this purpose, allowing drivers to continue through the Baker Center driveway on to other campus parking.


As with all guests to the Whitman commencement ceremony, we strongly suggest that you arrive early to find the seating location that best fits your needs. Seating is on a first come, first served basis beginning at 8:30 a.m.  

Designated seating areas for those with mobility challenges are located near the stage and along paved pathways. Due to limited space, please be aware that this seating is limited to those with special needs and one additional guest. Personnel will be on hand to assist you in finding appropriate seating.

For those guests who need seating in view of the American Sign Language signers, there are reserved seats directly in front of the ramp to the right of the stage. Indoor viewing of the livestream video will also be available in Reid Campus Center Young Ballroom.


The weather on the day of the commencement varies from year to year from sunny days in the high 80s/low 90s to cool with a light rain and temperatures in the 50s/60s. Because of this variance, we recommend that guests bring an umbrella and raincoat, as well as warm layers. Water stations will be provided.

Wheelchair/Equipment Rental

Wheelchairs, walkers and other medical supplies are not available for rent on the Whitman campus. If you think someone in your party might require something of this nature while you’re in Walla Walla, two nearby medical supply stores rent equipment: Walla Walla Home Medical (509-525-1066) and Adventist Health/Home Medical Supply (509-529-2649).

Additional Questions/Concerns

Students who require accommodations for other events during commencement weekend, should contact the Academic Resource Center at 509-527-5213 or DSS@whitman.edu. Guests who require accommodations for other events during commencement weekend should email commencement@whitman.edu.

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