WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College will welcome approximately 1,400 new and returning students at its annual convocation ceremonies set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, in Cordiner Hall.

Following a welcome by Whitman College President Thomas E. Cronin, Whitman College Professor of English Ed Foster will present the convocation address, titled "Dream Vision." The convocation program includes an academic procession, musical offerings and remarks by other college officers. It is free and open to the public.

Residence halls open for new students at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, and for returning students at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31. Opening activities continue through the following week, and classes begin at Whitman on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

The incoming first-year class at Whitman includes approximately 380 students (plus about 20 transfer students), representing 34 states and 15 countries. The class, which includes 50 valedictorians, has a median high school GPA of 3.86 and median SAT scores of 1330.

New and returning students will benefit from the new $13-million, 35,00-square-foot science building, which opens with the start of fall semester classes. The new science building connects to Whitman's existing science complex, two buildings erected in 1964 and 1981.

As the academic year begins, Whitman is continuing with a $7-million renovation and upgrade of these existing science facilities. The resulting complex will ensure Whitman's ability to offer first-rate science courses and to meet the growing demand for science majors, said Whitman President Tom Cronin.

CONTACT:

Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, 509-527-5156
Email: parishlj@whitman.edu