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Academic Year 2013-2014

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Graduate points to the crowd at Commencement.Campus Map

Click here for a downloadable Campus Map. Commencement will be taking place in Whittier College’s Memorial Stadium.

Severe Weather Plan

In the very unlikely event that Commencement must be moved due to inclement weather, it will be announced approximately 24 hours in advance via email and the College website. If extreme rain or wind is predicted, the ceremony will take place in the Graham Athletics Center, where seating is limited, rather than in Memorial Stadium. Therefore, when students pick up their caps and gowns at the Bookstore, they will each receive FIVE tickets for the indoor ceremony to be distributed by students to their guests only if necessary.

Families & Guests

A field of colorfully personalized graduation caps. Commencement promises to be a positive and memorable experience for you and your graduating student. The links provided here with assist with planning your day.

Distribution of Diplomas

Students who have graduated (completed ALL requirements by the end of the spring semester) will receive both their diploma and personalized diploma cover on stage. Students who have graduated during a previous term, who have not graduated, or who are anticipated summer graduates will receive their personalized cover on stage.

Students who opt out of participating in Commencement will receive their diploma and personalized cover based on the preference indicated on their Commencement Participation Form, provided that they have not already received it.

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 11, 2014.

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.

Senior Class Gift

The Senior Class Gift is a chance for graduating seniors to build class unity, identity, and spirit. Throughout the year, we will host many different events to help you connect with your fellow seniors. For more information on the Senior Class Gift campaign or to donate now, click here.


‘Then and Now’ Slide Show

At Baccalaureate, it is a Whittier College tradition to present a slide show displaying the transformation of the graduates from childhood to adulthood. To participate in the slide show, please send one picture of your graduate during his/her childhood and one recent photo.

How to Submit Photos: