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Memorial Building.
May 17, 2023
Whitman College Prepares for 2023 Commencement Weekend
Here’s a preview of how the college and Whitman community will commemorate Whitman College’s 137th Commencement—and celebrate the exceptional accomplishments and bright futures of its Class of 2023.
Bertine Lakjohn
May 16, 2023
Fast 5 With a Youth Climate Activist
Whitman College student Bertine Lakjohn ’23 sits down with Whitman Magazine to answer five questions about youth climate activism.
Aerial view of Ankeny field at Whitman College.
May 11, 2023
Whitman Reaffirms Its Commitment to Diversity
President Sarah R. Bolton and Whitman’s Board of Trustees pledge their commitment to diversity as the nation awaits the Supreme Court of the United States decision on the use of race in admission decisions.
Clare Hermanson, with long brown hair, wearing a white shirt, with tree branches in the background.
May 4, 2023
Class of 2024 Chemistry Major Named Goldwater Scholar
Whitman College junior Clare Hermanson has been selected as a 2023–2024 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, one of only 413 who earned the scholarship—among more than 5,000 applicants.
David May.
May 3, 2023
Whitman College Alum, Dr. David May, Named New President of Bellevue College
In March 2023, David May ’90 was selected as Bellevue College’s President. Bellevue College is the largest open-access college in the state with over 19,000 students enrolled annually. May holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and M.A .in Political Science from Washington State University and a B.A. in Political Science from Whitman College.
Architectural rendering of Harvey Hall.
May 1, 2023
Whitman Receives $10 Million in Gifts Toward Harvey Hall and Student Village
The Whitman College Board of Trustees, alumni and friends of the college made gifts of $10 million toward the first building of a student residential village—Harvey Hall—which will be named in honor of the college’s longest-serving Chief Financial Officer Peter Harvey.
Sarah Bolton, smiling, wearing a gray top and black jacket.
May 1, 2023
President Bolton Signs Open Letter Pledging Commitment to Student Diversity
President Sarah Bolton, along with 27 presidents of other liberal arts colleges, signed an open letter in response to two cases before the Supreme Court that have the potential to restrict long-standing recruitment and admissions practices.
Sarah Bolton smiling at the podium during Installation.
April 29, 2023
The Warmest of Welcomes for Whitman College’s Dr. Sarah Bolton
On Friday, April 28, 2023, Dr. Sarah Bolton had her Presidential Installation at Cordiner Hall, officially becoming Whitman’s 15th President.
Jeanine Gordon with students.
April 27, 2023
New Appointment Strengthens Ties with CTUIR
Whitman College recently appointed Jeanine Gordon to be the first First Special Assistant to the President for Native American Outreach
Amber Ebarb, smiling, standing outdoors, wearing a dark blue jacket.
April 24, 2023
Amber Ebarb ’03 to Deliver 2023 Commencement Address
Amber Ebarb, Class of 2003, Minority Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, will deliver Whitman College’s 2023 Commencement address on Sunday, May 21.
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