Orientation for Parents & Families (Tuesday, January 27 and Wednesday, January 28)

As family members of a new Whittier College Poet, you must be very proud. Attending a private, select, national liberal arts college speaks for the accomplishments of your student and the role you played in guiding him/her to this point. Our goal is to continue to support your student's academic success and personal development at Whittier.

Orientation is geared to prepare new students for seamless transition to college. Part of that transition involves the encouragement and understanding of families. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or sibling, you are an important source of support that enables your student to be successful. The adjustment to college life and the academic challenges of a new learning environment require greater personal independence, motivation, and responsibility.

As a part of New Student Orientation, Family Orientation is designed to provide you with essential information that promotes student success and help you understand our curriculum at the College, academic policies, graduation requirements, and student life programs and services.


A memorable and enjoyable Orientation experience awaits our parents and families. You are invited to join your student at the events highlighted below:

Tuesday January 27, 2015

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Informational Session and Brief Campus Tour

Learn about services on campus and how to make the most of your time at Whittier from representatives of various departments on campus. Following the informational session, there will be a brief campus tour.

Club 88, Campus Center

5:00 p.m. –8:00 p.m.

Light of Learning Ceremony and Welcome Dinner

New Poets will participate in one of the College's most significant traditions, the "Light of Learning" Ceremony, which officially welcomes them into the Whittier Community. Immediately following the ceremony, students are invited to a special dinner where they will meet other new students and transfers, their peer mentor, and President Sharon Herzberger. Students may bring 2 family members as their guests. 

Memorial Chapel