Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! It is sure to be a positive and memorable day for you and your family.
Be advised that to participate in the commencement ceremony and receive a diploma, your tuition bill must be paid in full by April 20, 2020. Clearance cards will be available on April 13, 2020.
Cap & Gown
Students are required to wear academic regalia for commencement and may order caps, gowns, and optional sashes from Herff Jones beginning late January. Orders must be placed by February 28 (no exceptions). All completed orders will be shipped directly to the bookstore and will be available for pick up from April 27 to May 14, 2020.
Graduates must submit their Commencement Participation Form to the Registrar's Office before spring break. The Registrar's Office will NOT place cap and gown orders.
Regalia Prices (subject to change)
- Bachelor regalia - $52
- Master regalia - $78
February 12, 2020
Vendors will be on-site to assist graduating seniors with cap and gown fittings and ordering.
Senior Portraits and Graduation Announcements
Senior portraits may be scheduled independently with local photographer Michelle De La Vara. De La Vara will also accept bookings at the Graduation Fair. Graduation announcements may be ordered through Herff Jones by March 1.
GradImages will be taking photographs of each graduate receiving his or her diploma at Commencement. Proofs will be e-mailed to all graduates who supplied e-mail addresses; otherwise, proofs will be mailed to home addresses.
Visit the GradImages website to preregister. Enter your email and up to 6 emails of loved ones who would like to share in your accomplishments by viewing and ordering your photos. By submitting your information early, you can rest assured that photo samples will be quickly and conveniently provided to you and all the others registered as soon as they are available after the event.
After graduation, order online at GradImages or call 800.261.2576.
Due to the layout of the facilities, it will not be possible for friends and family members to leave their seats during the ceremony. Anyone attempting to leave their seats and stand in the aisles will be restrained from doing so.
Senior Class Gift
The Senior Class Gift is a chance for graduating seniors to build class unity, identity, and spirit. Throughout the year, we will host many different events to help you connect with your fellow seniors. For more information on the Senior Class Gift campaign or to donate now, click here.
Ceremony Information & Schedule
Graduates assemble on the soccer field at 5:00 p.m. in caps and gowns. The tassels on the mortarboard should be on the right side
Graduates are required to arrive dressed in their cap and gown and any additional pre-approved academic regalia (honors cords, society cords). Graduates who do not arrive in cap and gown will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony. Extra caps and gowns will not be available. Bachelor of Arts candidates: the tassels on the mortar board of your cap should be on the RIGHT side of your head. For Master of Arts candidates: the tassels should be on the LEFT side of your head.
Graduates must check-in with staff at the soccer field. Upon checking-in, you will be given a card with your name and placement number. Placement numbers will be painted on the field. Placement numbers are assigned alphabetically and cannot be changed.
Graduates are required to assemble on their placement number.
Attendance will be taken in preparation for procession to Newman Field. It is extremely important that you do not leave from your placement number once attendance has been taken. This is the order that names will be called in for the presentation of diplomas. Graduates who arrive late, are not present during attendance, or who have left from their placement number will risk being excluded from the ceremony and will not receive their diploma on stage.
Procession to Newman Field. Procession will be led by Faculty Marshals. It is very important that you pay attention to their direction. Once arriving on Newman Field, be sure that you have a seat and that no seats are left empty.
Commencement Ceremony begins. Graduates will remain standing for Invocation. Men will remove their caps for Invocation and Benediction. Following the welcome from the President and the Board of Trustees and Alumni, speakers, and the conferral of honorary degrees, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty will call graduates in placement number order (Master of Arts candidates first, Bachelor of Arts candidates second). You will rise in place. The first standing row will proceed as directed by the Faculty Marshal.
As your name is called, you will advance onto the stage towards the President. Take your diploma with your left hand, shake hands with your right hand, and proceed across the stage toward the opposite end of the row from where you started. The line will continually move up so that each graduate returns to their original seat. Remain standing until all graduates have been called.
Upon signal from the President, shift your tassels to the opposite side of your cap. Graduates will stand as directed by the Faculty Marshals and will prepare for recessional from Newman Field. Order of recession: Speakers, Board of Trustees, Faculty, Master of Arts graduates, Bachelor of Arts graduates. Immediately following the ceremony, a reception will be held on Memorial Field for graduates and their guests.
Important Reminder: The Whittier College alcohol policy does not permit the drinking of alcohol while in line, in the amphitheater, or in the quad. Violation of this policy will result in your immediate removal from the Commencement Ceremony.
Distribution of Diplomas
Graduates who have fulfilled all academic and financial obligations to the College by the end of the spring semester will have their diploma and cover mailed to them at the mailing address on file.
Outstanding holds, financial obligations, and disciplinary sanctions with Whittier College will prevent the release of your diploma. Please make arrangements to resolve any outstanding holds and obligations prior to your graduation.