Pre-Commencement Events

Interfaith Baccalaureate Ceremony

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.

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, May 10

Harris Amphitheater
4 p.m. to 6:30 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, May 11

Campus Center Courtyard
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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

Lavender Graduation, May 13

Campus Center Courtyard
5 p.m. to 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, May 15

Campus Center Courtyard
1 p.m. to 3 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.