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It’s Whitman’s First-Ever Virtual Reunion Weekend!

We wish we could all be together on campus, but this year you can join us from anywhere!

We’ll have live presentations and gatherings, and we’ve curated content from all over campus that you can enjoy whenever you’d like. Live event links will be available before event start times.

Register for the Virtual Reunion—our first 500 alumni registrants* will receive a WhitKit, filled with fun and festive items from Whitman delivered to your home! Information and updates will be delivered to your email inbox, but keep an eye on this page for any updates.

*Register by June 8th to qualify for a WhitKit. Alumni from reunion classes who are U.S. residents, are eligible to receive the WhitKit. All events are free!

Reunion Weekend Schedule*

June 24-26, 2021

Classes of 1980, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995, 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016

1 p.m. - "Exploring Mars with Robots", a presentation by Rob Manning ’80, JPL Chief Engineer 
It has been nearly half a century since the first robotic missions landed and studied the surface of Mars. Since then a series of ever more complex missions have left robotic “foot prints” on Mars and these have revealed Mars to be a place so different yet so similar to our pale blue dot.

How did we get there, what have we learned, how is it relevant to our understanding of our planet and what do we hope to learn and do next? JPL Chief Engineer and Whitman grad Rob Manning '80 will see if it is possible to answer some of these and other questions from his fellow Whitties.

4 p.m. – Virtual Reunion Kick-Off with a Welcome from Dennis McNair ’67, President of the Whitman College Alumni Association Board of Directors

4:15 p.m. – 2020 Whitman Reunion Convocation: A Celebration of Classes

This program will include remarks by Whitman College’s 14th President Kathleen Murray and recognition of alumni reunion volunteers.

4-5 p.m.  – Varsity Athletics open house

5:30-6:30 p.m. – 2020 Alumni Awards Ceremony for award recipients, their families and friends with Whitman’s 14th President Kathleen Murray and members of the Alumni Relations Office

Award recipients include:  

  • Alumnus of Merit: Gary Davis ’60
  • Alumna of Merit: Deborah Kafoury ’89
  • Gordon Scribner Award for Distinguished Service: Greg Brown ’70
  • Sally Rodgers Award for Lifelong Achievement: Dan Clark ’65
  • Pete Reid Award for Young Alumni: Camila Thorndike ’10
  • Faculty Award for Service: Michelle Janning, Professor of Sociology

Read about each of the award recipients.

10 a.m. – A Lecture on “The Liberal Arts in Crisis in the 1970s: A Preview of Volume III of the History of Whitman College” by David F. Schmitz, the Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History

Professor Schmitz will present a lecture on the history of the college and lessons learned while conducting archival research. Professor Schmitz will discuss the problems that faced Whitman College (and all liberal arts colleges) in the mid-1970s.

Professor Schmitz has taught history at Whitman since 1985. He is the author or editor of eleven books, most recently “The Sailor: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Transformation of American Foreign Policy.” During his tenure he served his department, the college, and the Whitman community in numerous ways, including Chair of the Faculty and the last Presidential Search committee.

1 p.m. - Affinity Group Open House

Participating groups to be announced

2 p.m. - Greek Open Houses

Participating groups to be announced

4-6 p.m. – Reunion Events & Virtual Parties for the following classes:

  • Class of 1980
  • Classes of 1989, 1990 and 1991
  • Class of 1995
  • Class of 2010
  • Classes of 2014, 2015, 2016

*This schedule is subject to change; watch this site for updates! Connect to live events via Zoom links.

Virtual Whitman

One of the silver linings of an entire academic year in a global pandemic is the vast amount of recorded content—panel discussions, faculty lectures, student presentations and performances, alumni presentations and conversations—that is available anytime, anywhere. Here are a few we thought were worth sharing for this Virtual Reunion!

Social Media

Post pics of your WhitKit unboxing, your campus days, you and your fellow Whitties, or where you are now and tag us (@whitman_alumni) and you might see your posts here!