In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Whitman College will not hold an in-person Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020. Read the full message from President Kathy Murray.

We’re asking graduating seniors and our community to share ideas about how to make our alternative Commencement celebration meaningful for you. Please use this form to give your feedback.

Caps and Gowns

Seniors who have already ordered caps and gowns: You will be contacted by Herff Jones in regard to your order and will have the option to have your items shipped directly to your home address for no additional cost. If you choose, you may also be issued a full refund for any orders.

Seniors who would still like to purchase a cap, gown or tassel: You may still order your graduation items from Herff Jones online and have your items shipped directly to your home address.

Programs and Diplomas

Your diploma, as well as four copies of the Commencement program, will be mailed to each student.


If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Conferences, Events and Scheduling at 509-527-5366 or email


  • Class of 2019 Feeling Good as Whitman Celebrates 133rd Commencement

    May 19, 2019 • Blue sky peeked through the clouds to shine on bright spirits on Sunday, May 19, 2019, during Whitman College's 133rd Commencement Ceremony. Keynote speaker Aisha Fukushima '09 led the class in a call-and-response rendition of the song "Feelin' Good."

  • Senior Class Speakers Call on Graduates to Keep Learning

    May 15, 2019 • On Sunday, May 19, 2019, the Class of 2019 will move on from life as students at Whitman College. But senior class speakers Dorothy Mukasa ’19 and Esther Ra ’19 hope their classmates won’t move on from a life devoted to learning. That’s the focus of the speech the two seniors will give during the ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m.

  • RAPtivist Aisha Fukushima ’09 to Return as Commencement Speaker

    February 5, 2019 • A professional singer, speaker and educator, Fukushima is the founder of RAPtivism (rap activism), a hip-hop project spanning 20 countries and four continents. As a public speaker, she combines the art of performance and lecture, linking themes such as global citizenship, empowerment and feminism with live musical performance.

  • Whitman welcomes Commencement Speaker Ashifi Gogo '05

    May 18, 2018 • Acclaimed entrepreneur Ashifi Gogo '05 is Whitman's 2018 Commencement Speaker. He will also receive an honorary degree from the college.

  • Whitman students earn leadership roles in Commencement

    May 18, 2018 • A small selection of Whitman students will join the ranks of those recognized at the college's 132nd Commencement ceremony, alongside the Commencement speaker, honorary degree recipient, returning members of the class of 1967 and distinguished faculty.