Commencement Checklist


Use this checklist to keep track of Commencement-related tasks.

Apply for Graduation

The first step to completing your degree is applying for Graduation. To do so, log on to your MyWhittier.

  1. Click on the For Students tab on the left side of your screen.
  2. Scroll down to Self-Service Banner and select Student Records
  3. In the expanded menu, select Apply to Graduate
  4. Curriculum Term Selection: Select the current term and click Submit.
  5. Curriculum Selection: Choose the curriculum you have completed and click Continue.
  6. Graduation Date Selection: Select your Graduation Date from the pulldown menu and click Continue.
  7. Graduation Ceremony Selection: Indicate your plans to attend the Commencement Ceremony and click Continue
  8. Update or modify your diploma name
  9. Diploma Name Selection: enter your name as you prefer it to be printed on your diploma
  10. Update or modify the mailing address where you wish to receive your diploma
  11. Graduation Application Summary: Review your information and click Submit.

Review Degree Works

You are encouraged to review your Degree Works Worksheet (via myWhittier) often and with your advisor to confirm your progress towards graduation. Requirements that have not been satisfied will be indicated in red. Questions should be addressed to your advisor and the Registrar’s Office at

Resolve Outstanding Financial Holds and Obligations 

Your tuition bill must be paid in full to the Business Office

Complete the Necessary Participation Forms

  • Participation Form: Complete this form to participate in the upcoming celebrations including the main Graduate Celebration (May 22) and Cultural Celebrations (Latinx, APIDA, Black Student Association, Lavender). To receive a Cultural Graduation stole, please submit your participation form by Friday, April 2. 
  • Graduate Celebration RSVP Form: For the May 2021 Graduate Celebration, all graduates must complete an additional RSVP form with the names of their two guests and a COVID-19 attestation. A link to the RSVP form was provided to all seniors and graduates in an email.  

Order Your Cap and Gown

Students can order regalia, sashes, announcements, class rings, etc. through the Campus Bookstore.