See your classmates and their children, attend a lecture without an exam, network with other alumni new to town — these are just a few reasons to attend events organized by the Alumni Office. Until we are able to meet in person, watch for announcements on this page, in your email inbox and in the monthly Whittie News for opportunities to connect with alumni, students and faculty.
The Meaning of the Mayflower at 400
Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 4 p.m. PT
400 years ago, the Mayflower landed on Plymouth. Join Chris Leise, associate professor of English, as he discusses the Pilgrims: who they were, what they did and did not do, and how their memory is taken up throughout stages of U.S. History.
An Inside Look at Forecasting the COVID-19 Pandemic
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 4 p.m. PT
Hear from alumnus Steve McConnell '85 as he discusses data contributions to the CDC's community-based COVID-19 forecasting model, Ensemble.
Reconstructing a family narrative before and after Reconstruction
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 4 p.m. PT
Join Whitman alumnus Steve Hammond '79 as he shares the Syphax family history of his southern roots in New Orleans. Learn about an ancestor who was a member of the Electoral College in 1876 for THE most controversial election in US history. Get a glimpse of the life of a free black man whose goals in life were to help others, find equality for the races, and provide a good education for his children.
Signing Black in America
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 4 p.m. PT
About the film:
While African American Language is the most widely recognized ethnic variety of English in the world, the use of American Sign Language (ASL) by Black Americans has been largely ignored or dismissed as part of an assumed ASL system uniformly used by the deaf community in the United States. But ASL, like any language, may show robust diversity, including traits associated with Black Americans.
Signing Black in America is the first documentary to highlight the development of Black American Sign Language. Based on extensive interviews with Black signers, linguistic experts, interpreters, natural conversations, and artistic performances by Black ASL users, it documents the development and description of this unique ethnic variety of ASL.
Reunion Weekend 2020
Postponed to June 25-27, 2021
Reunion events for the classes of 1955, 1960, 1965, 1980, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995,
2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016 will be held in June next year.
Ensuring the health and safety of our students is paramount; bringing hundreds of alumni from all over the country to campus this fall is just too much of a risk. In the coming weeks, we will update the schedule of events and ask for RSVPs for June. That information will be available at the Reunion website.
Class of 2020 Celebration
June 25-26, 2021
The Class of 2020 graduated in extraordinary times that did not allow for the true celebration of achievement it deserves. We hope members of the class will be able to join together on campus to enjoy your time together. Information will be updated here ( https://www.whitman.edu/alumni/attend-events/class-of-2020-celebration) as it becomes available.
Varsity Swim Reunion
October 22-24, 2021
Join Whitman Swimmers from 1968 to 2024 for a weekend of friendly competition and celebration!
Celebrate 50 Years of Varsity Swimming at Whitman - RSVP to let us know you plan to attend.