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Class of 1973

Even if you previously indicated your plan to attend with and RSVP, it is time to select the events you will attend and pay for meals with a credit card.

May 18-21, 2023

Check-in for your reunion at Baker Center, 364 Boyer Avenue. You can reach the Alumni Office at 509-527-5167.  Please stop by to pick up your reunion registration packet:

Thursday, Noon–6 p.m., main floor of Baker Center
Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m., 2nd floor of Baker Center

Elevator access to the second floor is located down the hall to the right of the stairway.


Class of 1973 Reception
6-7:30 p.m.

Class of 1973 Reception hosted by President Sarah Bolton at Sherwood House, 1107 Alvarado Terrace. The reception will take place out of doors (bring a light jacket). In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Cordiner Hall Foyer. Questions the day of the event? Call 509-527-5167.

Directions from campus to Sherwood House: Go east on Boyer Avenue, at Clinton Street turn left; Sherwood House is located one block behind Green Park Elementary School. Attire: Business casual.

Campus Tour
9 a.m.-10 a.m. | Reid Campus Center

Class of 1973 Campus Tour led by Admission tour guides.  For those needing assistance, golf carts will be available on a pre-arranged basis.  Meet in front of the Reid Campus Center, 280 Boyer Ave.

Faculty Presentation by Moira Gresham
10-11:30 a.m. | Olin Hall Auditorium

Cosmology Now and Then: Nathaniel Shipman Associate Professor of Physics, Moira Gresham, will give a tour of our Universe and its history as physicists and astronomers understand it today---zooming out from Earth to the farthest out and back we can see. She will highlight changes in the understanding and practice of cosmology since 1973.

Class of 1973 Luncheon
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center

Class of 1973 Luncheon in the Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center, 280 Boyer Ave. Come hear about the state of the College from Whitman's 15th President, Sarah Bolton. The program will include the announcement of the results of the Class of 2023 Reunion Fund project and presentation of the Alumna of Merit Award to Ceil Lucas ’73Attire: Business casual.

In Memoriam for the Class of 1973
1-2 p.m. | Kimball Theater, Hunter Conservatory

Remembering Our Classmates. Program organized by Stephen Kliewer and Bill Priedhorsky.

Whitties in Wine Panel and Tasting
2:30-4 p.m. | Cordiner Hall Foyer

Hear from Whitties involved in a variety of areas in the local wine scene, and taste their wines! Featuring John Blair ’02 from Dunham Cellars, Ashley Trout ’03 from Brook & Bull and Vital Wines, and Jared Burns ’03 from Revelry Vintners.

Archives Open House
3-4:30 p.m. | Penrose Library, Ground Floor

Visit the Whitman College and Northwest Archies to view materials on display from early college history as well as from the early 1970s.

Visit the Elbridge Hadley Stuart Room
4 p.m. | Penrose Library, Ground Floor

Built during the 1970s expansion of Penrose Library, the Stuart Room showcases the collection of Napoleonic artifacts, including Napoleon’s doctor’s desk, donated to Whitman by the Stuart family. We will take a tour of the room, interact with several items from the collection, and learn about the role Mr. Stuart and his family played in the development and construction of the library expansion.

Class of 1973 Dinner
6:30 - 9 p.m. | Harper Joy Theatre Lobby

Class of 1973 Dinner at Harper Joy Theatre. Then gather ‘round the Alexander Stage for HJT reflections and stories from classmates. The bar is compliments of the Whitman College Alumni Association. Attire: Casual.

Visit the Whitman Mission National Historic Site
9 a.m.-Noon | 328 Whitman Mission Road

Park Ranger Kate Kunkel-Patterson ’13 welcomes alumni to tour the grounds and the Great Grave, visit the museum and view a short film about the complex relationship of the Whitmans with the Cayuse people. Kate and other rangers will provide talks throughout the morning. Shuttles will be available for those who would prefer not to drive to the site.

Class of 1973 Reunion Photograph
12 p.m. | North Steps of Memorial Building

Class of 1973 Reunion Photograph on the steps of Memorial Building, facing Penrose Library. Spouses and guests welcome. In the event of heavy rain, the photo will be taken in Sherwood Center.

Class of 1973 Picnic
12:30-2 p.m. | Baker Center

Class of 1973 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. Attire: Casual.

Beta Theta Pi Open House

1-3 p.m. | Beta House, 925 E Isaacs Ave.

The men of Gamma Zeta chapter invite members from the Class of 1973 to an open house. Actives will lead tours of the house, and the house chef will prepare light refreshments.

Whitman College 2023 Baccalaureate
2:30 p.m. | Chism Auditorium, Hall of Music

The Whitman College 2023 Baccalaureate. Farewell talks by Whitman College faculty and musical performances by students.

Class of 1973 Social Hour and Reunion Dinner
5:30 p.m. | Marcus Whitman Hotel

Class of 1973 Social Hour and Reunion Dinner, The Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center.  Attire: From casual to dressy; be comfortable!

Class of 1973 Robe Selection
10-10:30 a.m. | Baker Center

Class of 1973 Robe Selection at Baker Center, 364 Boyer Ave. All members of the Class of 1973 are invited to march in the processional (graduates and non-graduates from Whitman College, only, please). Caps and gowns provided (if you have your own hood and/or gown you are welcome to bring them). After the ceremony please bring your cap and gown back to Baker Center, where lunch will be provided. Attire: Casual. Depending on the weather it can be quite warm wearing a robe, so dress appropriately. Water bottles will be provided.

Class of 1973 Cap and Gown Photograph
10:40 a.m. | Baker Center

Class of 1973 Cap and Gown Photograph on the steps of Baker Center, 364 Boyer Ave.  Then line up on the north and south sides of Boyer Avenue to congratulate members of the Class of 2023 as they walk by!  Follow the Junior Marshal and the Class of 2023 banner to your reserved seats.

Whitman College 2023 Commencement
11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Memorial Building front lawn

The Whitman College 2023 Commencement Exercises; lawn of Memorial Building. Seating for spouses and guests of alumni marching in the processional are on the right-hand section of folding chairs (when facing the stage). Alumni Office staff members will be on duty to help direct you to your seats; look for the Guests of Class of 1973 signage.

Please note: In the event of severe weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors. Consequently, this means that the participation in the processional for the Class of 2023 will be cancelled. Instead, the group will be able to watch the ceremony in Hunter Conservatory where the ceremony will be broadcast live. Weather may also delay the start of the ceremonies by one hour.

Class of 1973 Luncheon
1-2 p.m. | Baker Center

Class of 1973 Luncheon immediately following Commencement at Baker Center. Return your cap and gown here!

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