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2024 Whitman College Commencement Graduates
May 19, 2024

Finally, Their Moment—Whitman’s Class of 2024 Receives Diplomas

More than 300 graduates—and their families and friends—had their moment to celebrate well-earned diplomas at Whitman College’s 138th Commencement. Cecilia Kang, Whitman alum and award-winning National Correspondent at The New York Times, delivered the Commencement speech.
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Group photo of students in a Human-Centered Design (HCD) class at Whitman College in 2024.
May 14, 2024

Human-Centered Design Program Gets Boost From Major Grant Funding

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Whitman College nearly $150,000 to develop new curricula for the Human-Centered Design concentration. The NEH grant will provide two years of support for faculty to design, refine, enhance and implement the core components of the program.
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Whitman College students at commencement.
May 10, 2024

Celebrating the Class of 2024: Whitman College’s 138th Commencement

A preview of how graduates, families and the Whitman community will commemorate this joyous occasion, and celebrate the exceptional accomplishments and bright futures of its Class of 2024.
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Three Whitman College Baseball teammates in front of the NWC Tournament logo.
May 9, 2024

Whitman Baseball Set To Host NWC Tournament

The Whitman College baseball team accomplished greatness by winning its first Northwest Conference regular season title since 1952 and will host its first NWC Tournament.
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Image of a Mayo Clinic entrance.
May 7, 2024

Whitman College Students Head for Mayo Clinic Summer Research Fellowships

Whitman College students will perform potentially life-changing research in Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science facilities through the 2024 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program.
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Rendering of the newly dedicated Stenger Hall in the Junior-Senior Housing Building Project
May 6, 2024

Upward Together Hits Record-Breaking Milestone—Thanks to $5M Gift for Stegner Hall

A $5 million gift recognized by the naming of Stegner Hall lifted the Upward Together campaign to a total of $169 million—a record level of philanthropic support for a Whitman College campaign.
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Collage of vintage photographs.
May 3, 2024

Research Project Leads to Groundbreaking Photo Archives

Professor of French and Francophone Studies Sarah Hurlburt ’91 and student researcher Madeline Senter ’25 digitize and catalog nearly 2,000 photographers of Métis (“mixed race” in French) people of French and Indigenous descent taken in the mid-1800s through the mid-1900s.
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Group photo of the 2024 Hosakowa journalism awards presented by Whitman College.
May 3, 2024

Whitman Celebrates Student Journalists and Embraces Storytelling from Below at 2024 Hosokawa Awards

Following the presentation of awards to seven student journalists for their work on The Whitman Wire, Vann R. Newkirk II, senior editor at The Atlantic, delivered the 2024 Hosokawa Journalism Lecture.
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Photo of Katherine Swisher against a background of trees.
May 1, 2024

Katherine Swisher ’20 Awarded Princeton in Latin America Fellowship

Katherine Swisher ’20 has been selected for the Princeton in Latin America Fellowship. She will travel to the Domincan Republic and spend a year with early childhood Montessori teachers developing curriculum and hosting professional development opportunities.
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Kaleo Toguchi-Tani ’25 and Eliza Daigle ’25
April 29, 2024

Whitman Juniors Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships

Kaleo Toguchi-Tani ’25 and Eliza Daigle ’25 are the 14th and 15th Whitties to be awarded the Goldwater Scholarship since 1992. They will continue their research in the areas of astrophyics and epidemiology, respectively. The Goldwater Scholarship supports college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers in the natural sciences, math and engineering.
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President of Whitman College, Sarah Bolton.
April 26, 2024

Whitman Emphasizes Commitment to Preparing Engaged Citizens

In response to the urgent challenges currently facing American higher education and democracy, Sarah Bolton is taking action at both a campus-specific and a collective level to cultivate a more vibrant and diverse society marked by civil discourse and critical inquiry.
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Venerable Thubten Chodron sits in a chair and speaks animatedly to someone off camera.
April 23, 2024

Venerable Thubten Chodron Will Deliver Baccalaureate Keynote

Venerable Thubten Chodron, an American Buddhist teacher and monastic leader, will deliver the keynote address at the multi-faith Baccalaureate Ceremony as part of Whitman College's 2024 Commencement activities.
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