Pre-Commencement Events

Academic Celebrations

Honors Convocation

Friday, April 26, 2019
7 p.m.
Ruth B. Shannon Center

Interfaith Baccalaureate Ceremony

Thursday, May 16, 2019
8 p.m.
Harris Amphitheater

About Interfaith Baccalaureate

The Interfaith Baccalaureate Ceremony is an opportunity for graduates, faculty, and families to gather together and express gratitude for the Whittier College experience. The Interfaith Baccalaureate Ceremony is a bookend to the President's Convocation that students attended at the beginning of their collegiate experience, graduates will participate in the Light of Learning Ceremony.

"Then and Now" Slideshow

A beloved tradition at Interfaith Baccalaureate is the "Then and Now" slideshow which displays the transformation of the graduates from childhood to adulthood. To participate in the slideshow, please send one picture of your graduate during his/her childhood and one recent photo.

Please use the Then and Now form to submit your pictures by Friday, April 19, 2019.

For more info contact Frances Romo at the Dean of Students Office at or 562.907.4233.

Cultural Graduate Celebrations

The cultural graduate celebrations are free and open to graduates, friends, and family. 

Latinx Graduation

Saturday, May 11, 2019
Harris Amphitheatre
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

The Latinx Graduation is an intimate bilingual celebration where family, friends, and community members come together to highlight the achievements and personal success of graduating seniors, in the spirit and traditions of Latino cultures.

Asian/Pacific Islander Graduation

Monday, May 13, 2019
Campus Center Courtyard
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

The API Graduation honors the academic and personal achievements of our graduating students of Asian and Pacific Islander descent.

Lavender Graduation 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Founder's Hill Lawn (in front of Deihl Hall)
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

The Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony that honors the achievements and contributions of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ally students. Undergraduate and graduate candidates are invited to take part in the celebration.

Black Graduation

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Campus Center Courtyard
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

The Black Graduation honors and recognizes the accomplishments of our students of African descent. This specialized celebration allows students to celebrate their graduation in an atmosphere that honors their cultural heritage.