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Welcome to the Class of 2020 celebration page! 

June 24-25, 2022

The focus of this year’s celebration is financial affordability and fun so that as many of our fellow Class of 2020 alumni can show up and have a great time.

This will be a weekend where we can celebrate each other and our accomplishment of graduating during a challenging time for our country and our world. Please note that it will not be a recreation of Commencement and this weekend will be for us, not families. 

Alumni from the Class of 2020 have been doing important work all over the country and world since graduating: engaging in our first jobs out of college or looking for one during an economic downturn, participating in activism for the Black Lives Matter movement, encouraging political engagement and civic responsibility and persevering through the pandemic. 

Let’s take a weekend to celebrate our four years at Whitman and all our memories and accomplishments! 

The weekend schedule and registration will be released next spring but please RSVP now to indicate your attendance. Just use the button below. We hope to see many of you on campus next summer summer!

Isaiah Banta, Kimberly Taylor, Samarah Uribe, Grant Gallaher

If you want to help with planning or just have an idea you want to share, you can email me at bantaisaiah@gmail.com.

Schedule

Celebration check-in
5 - 10 p.m. | Reid Campus Center foyer

If you pre-registered for on-campus housing you will pick up your key here as well.  If you arrive after 10 p.m. please call Security at (509) 527-5777.

If you arrive before 5 p.m. and need campus access please call (509) 527-5167. 

Visit the Bookstore
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Reid Campus Center

The Transformation of Whitman College with David Schmitz
10 a.m. | Location to be determined

Professor David Schmitz will speak about the writing of The Transformation of Whitman College: From a Regional to a National Liberal Arts College, 1975-2015, the third volume of the history of Whitman College. David's comments will be followed by a Q&A session, plus time for him to sign your copy of the book (copies available for pre-order and on site at the bookstore).

Campus Tour
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.| Meet in front of Reid Campus Center

Campus tour led by Admission Office tour guides. The tour will include visiting two of Whitman’s newest buildings—Cleveland Commons and Stanton Hall. Golf carts will be available for those needing assistance by advance reservation. 

No-host gathering
8 p.m. | Big House Brew Pub, 11 S. Palouse St.

Join your classmates for a casual, no-host gathering to kick-off the weekend.

Celebration check-in
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Reid Campus Center foyer

If you pre-registered for on-campus housing you will pick up your key here as well. If you arrive after 3 p.m. please call Security at (509) 527-5907.

Visit the Bookstore
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Reid Campus Center

Picnic
12:30-2 p.m. | Baker Center side lawn

Picnic on the side lawn of Baker Center, 364 Boyer Ave. In the event of severe weather, the picnic will be moved to the Coffeehouse located on the ground level of the Reid Campus Center, 280 Boyer Ave. Note: We will be joining the Classes of 1970 and 1971 celebrating their delayed 50 th reunions.

Class Photograph
2 p.m. | Stanton Hall lawn

In the event of heavy rain, the photo will be taken in Sherwood Center.

Field games
2:15-4:30 p.m.| Stanton Hall lawn

Recapture those ‘relaxing’ afternoons spending time with friends playing soccer, volleyball, Frisbee, croquet, and more.

Celebration and casual commencement toast
7-10 p.m. | Reid Campus Center side lawn

Come gather to celebrate and recognize your classmates. Light snacks will be provided. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at reasonable prices. Rain backup is Young Ballroom.

On-campus lodging checkout
8 a.m. – 12 noon | Reid Campus Center

Please bring your key to the Campus Center and leave it in the drop-box.

Visit the Bookstore
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Reid Campus Center

*This schedule is subject to change; watch this site for updates!  Questions?  Email arpjs@whitman.edu or call (509) 527-5907.

Miscellaneous

Special Needs

If you have special dietary needs we will do our best to accommodate you; the reunion registration form is where you will report that information. If you have mobility issues, please contact Jason S. Arp ’94 at 509-527-5907. A golf cart shuttle can be available for on-campus events on a pre-arranged basis.

Walla Walla Information

To read about Walla Walla area restaurants, wineries and attractions click here. Maps of area wineries will be available at the Alumni House.

Security and Emergency Procedures

Welcome back to Whitman College.  Our intention is to provide you with a safe and enjoyable visit.  If you need assistance during your visit on campus, you may contact Campus Security at (509) 527-5777 or Environmental Health and Safety at (509) 527-5966.  For police, fire or medical emergencies, please call 911.

If you feel there is an emergency of a medical nature or a threat to your personal safety, you should feel empowered to initiate emergency response by calling 911.  You may call 911 from any campus phone or from the "blue light" phones at outdoor locations around campus. To call 911 from the "blue light" phones simply push the large red button and wait for a dispatcher to answer.

During an emergency:

  • Call 911
  • Stay calm
  • Use common sense
  • Follow any directions you are given until assistance arrives
  • If you are instructed to evacuate a building, please evacuate promptly
  • If you are instructed to "shelter in place", please stay inside the building and follow the direction of college staff members

If you have questions about emergency preparedness, contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at (509) 527-5966.

Find a Friend with Whitman Connect 
Want to find your roommate, make plans with your friends to attend the reunion, or do some networking? Whitman Connect can help!

Volunteer Opportunities
There are many opportunities to share your time and talents with Whitman. Find out about volunteer opportunities.