Ceremony Information & Schedule

Graduates, please read the following information thoroughly:

To participate in the commencement ceremony and receive a diploma, your tuition bill must be paid in full by April 7, 2017.

Graduates assemble on the Memorial Baseball Field at 8:00 a.m. in caps and gowns. The tassels on the mortar board should be on the right side.

DRESS CODE Graduates are required to arrive dressed in their cap and gown and any additional pre-approved academic regalia (honors cords, society cords). Graduates who do not arrive in cap and gown will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony. Extra caps and gowns will not be available. Bachelor of Arts candidates: the tassels on the mortar board of your cap should be on the RIGHT side of your head. For Master of Arts candidates: the tassels should be on the LEFT side of your head.

8:00 a.m. Graduates must check-in with staff at Memorial Field (baseball field). Upon checking-in, you will be given a card with your name and placement number. Placement numbers will be painted on the field. Placement numbers are assigned alphabetically and cannot be changed.

8:20 a.m. Graduates are required to assemble on their placement number.

8:30 a.m. Attendance will be taken in preparation for procession to Newman Field. It is extremely important that you do not leave from your placement number once attendance has been taken. This is the order that names will be called in for the presentation of diplomas. Graduates who arrive late, are not present during attendance, or who have left from their placement number will risk being excluded from the ceremony and will not receive their diploma on stage.

8:45 a.m. Procession to Newman Field. Procession will be led by Faculty Marshals. It is very important that you pay attention to their direction. Once arriving on Newman Field, be sure that you have a seat and that no seats are left empty.

9:00 a.m. Commencement Ceremony begins. Graduates will remain standing for Invocation. Men will remove their caps for Invocation and Benediction. Following the welcome from the President and the Board of Trustees and Alumni, speakers, and the conferral of honorary degrees, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty will call graduates in placement number order (Master of Arts candidates first, Bachelor of Arts candidates second). You will rise in place. The first standing row will proceed as directed by the Faculty Marshal.

As your name is called, you will advance onto the stage towards the President. Take your diploma with your LEFT HAND, shake hands with your RIGHT HAND, and proceed across the stage toward the opposite end of the row from where you started. The line will continually move up so that each graduate returns to their original seat. Remain standing until all graduates have been called.

Upon signal from the President, shift your tassels to the opposite side of your cap. Graduates will stand as directed by the Faculty Marshals and will prepare for recessional from Newman Field. Order of recession: Speakers, Board of Trustees, Faculty, Master of Arts graduates, Bachelor of Arts graduates. Immediately following the ceremony, a reception will be held on Memorial Field for graduates and their guests.

Important Reminder: The Whittier College alcohol policy does not permit the drinking of alcohol while in line, in the amphitheater, or in the quad. Violation of this policy will result in your immediate removal from the Commencement Ceremony.