2021 Commencement Information
Whittier College will host three celebrations for the Class of 2021:
All students who have filled out the participation form for the Virtual Commencement (May 21) and Cultural Graduations will receive an email requesting submissions on April 29. The timeline for these submissions changed to allow graduates more time to order their caps and gowns for senior photos. All graduates will have the opportunity to submit a photo(s), video, and/or dedication statement between April 29 - May 10.
The in-person Graduate Celebration for the Class of 2021 will abide by State and County COVID-19 health and safety guidelines for live, outdoor events. As such, the event will be limited in attendance, duration, and overall scope. Graduates will sit in assigned areas, with their two guests, in a 3-person pod. Each graduate’s name will be called and students will walk onto the field to pick up a diploma cover (official diplomas will be mailed). Graduates will then proceed to a photo station set up by GradImages. After the event, students and families will be asked to exit the Stadium in a measured fashion to help maintain social distancing.
The Graduate Celebration will be filmed and posted to YouTube on the afternoon of May 22. The event may be live streamed if the set up in the stadium permits, more information will be provided during the first weeks of May.
No. Whittier College checked with the Los Angeles County Dept. of Health about this specific matter and we were informed that this was not permitted.
No. 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.
While unlikely, YES, the event is 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. Graduates will be kept informed of any changes. Please check your email regularly.
Only graduates may RSVP for the event. All graduates will have received a link to the registration form via email. Please email us if you have not. The final deadline for RSVPs is Friday, April 30.
Any Whittier College graduate from the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021.
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.
More information on registration will come this summer.