2021 Virtual Commencement

Friday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. (PDT)  || LIVE STREAM

2021 Cultural Virtual Graduations

Whittier College will host a virtual Latinx Graduation, Black Graduation, Lavender Graduation, and Asian/Pacific Islander Desi Student Graduation during the week leading to Commencement. See schedule

2021 Graduate Celebration || Watch

Whittier College will host an in-person Graduate Celebration on Saturday, May 22 at 9 a.m. in Memorial Stadium. 

(This event is not open to the general public but will be filmed and made available on YouTube on Saturday afternoon.)

The Celebration must follow these updated guidelines

  • The event will be ticketed—each participant will be allowed to bring two (2) guests (tickets are non-transferable) and seating will be assigned.
  • Participants and their guests can be from no more than three households, per State and County guidelines.
  • Travel Restrictions: 
    • Non-vaccinated individuals (including guests) must live within the state of California.
    • Participants who are vaccinated may travel from out of state and should consult the current California and Los Angeles County Travel Advisories and adhere to any applicable recommendations.
  • Participants must fill out the College’s wellness check the day of the event before being admitted to the stadium.  
  • Participants must wear a mask and maintain social distancing. No social mingling will be allowed outside of each 3-person group.

Whittier College must submit a complete event plan to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health at least 14 days before the event. Once the plan has been submitted, no further changes, adjustments, or expansions will be applied to the event’s capacity or safety regulations. However, the event may be subject to any new restrictions and limitations imposed by County and/or State health guidelines should COVID-19 cases increase in the weeks and days before May 22.

 Please submit your registration form immediately to help the College adequately plan the event. The final deadline for RSVPs is Friday, April 30. A link to the RSVP form was provided in an email to all seniors and graduate students.

Traditional Commencement for the Classes of 2020 and 2021

Friday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Last year, when we had to postpone the May 2020 Commencement Ceremony, we never imagined that COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions would still be in place a year later. 

Thankfully, with the roll-out of the vaccines and a decline in cases in Los Angeles County, we feel confident that we can begin planning a Traditional Commencement Ceremony for this fall. This ceremony will take place Friday, September 24, 2021, at 6 p.m. in Memorial Stadium and will honor both the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021. 

After such an abrupt end to your time on campus, everyone at the College is excited to have the opportunity to see the Classes of 2020 and 2021 in person again. We are planning a special program that will honor your achievement, perseverance, and sacrifices. 

More information on registration will be forthcoming.