Parents, Visitors, and Families
Commencement Activities Schedule
Learn more about the events and activities during Commencement weekend: May 22-25, 2014. You can also view details for the Commencement and Baccalaureate programs.
See locations for restrooms, seating, water stations, first aid, and much more before you arrive on campus.
Graduation Caps and Gowns
All graduating seniors are expected to purchase their cap and gown online, through Herff Jones, no later than Friday, April 11, 2014 at 8:59 p.m.. Graduation cap/tassel and gowns will be distributed at the Whitman College Bookstore in the Reid Campus Center on Friday, May 16 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
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 25 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students who find the cost of a gown to be beyond their means, are encouraged to email Debi Evans at email@example.com. We have a limited number of recycled robes available for seniors to borrow. Please note: tassel and cap 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 thru Herff Jones, along with your cap/gown/tassel. They will be shipped to the address of your choice.
To learn more information about seating, restrooms, and other accessibility information for 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.
Whitman Wi-Fi Hotspots, compliments of Spectrum Networks, is available for any visitor to access the Internet. Connect to the wireless network named whitman_wifi_hotspot.Your web browser will redirect to a special webpage with more information about the network you are connecting to. Follow the on-screen instructions to finalize your connection. No username or password is required.
Please note that the existing "whitman_wireless" network is reserved for faculty, staff and students and requires a log-in to access.
Learn how to order professional graduation photos or a DVD following Commencement.
Flowers and Leis
Pre-order flowers and leis for your senior to wear at Commencement. (optional)
The Waiilatpu, the entirely student-produced yearbook, covers popular events, student housing, club and varsity sports teams, art shows, plays, theatre productions, Greek life, student clubs and more. Order a copy for your senior today!
You are encouraged to secure lodging as early as possible since many locations sell out during Commencement weekend. For more information about local accommodations in Walla Walla and its neighboring towns, check out the following links:
Tourism Walla Walla
Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce
Dayton, WA Chamber of Commerce
Pendleton, OR Chamber of Commerce
Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau
The Walla Walla Airport (ALW) is approximately 10 minutes from campus. There are usually two flights per day and all flights connect through Seattle.
The Pasco/Tri-Cities Airport (PSC) is approximately one hour from campus. It has a wider selection of available flights and connections. Please note that shuttle service is limited between Pasco and Walla Walla. Car rentals are available at the airport
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.