All graduates and guests must complete a Health Screening Form prior to entering Memorial Stadium.
Additional information is available on the Commencement page.
Whittier's cultural graduations are a part of the College's long-standing tradition of celebrating the diversity and resilience among the APIDA, Black, Latinx and LGBTQIA+ communities. The cultural graduations are a celebration for the entire family and honor graduates and those who helped them reach the completion of their degree. All ceremonies are organized, planned, and coordinated by students.
In honor of Womxn Herstory Month, National Poetry Month and Diverse Identities Week during the spring semester, the planning committee creates a brave space for students to showcase their art and talent. The purpose of this event is to allow for the stories of womxn, people of color, LGBTQIA+, and any and all intersections of those identities to express themselves through spoken word, poetry, and open mic. Featured Poets are invited, and staff and faculty are also encouraged to participate.
Drag attempts to subvert traditional gender roles and expectations to demonstrate a broader and more inclusive perspective of gender. It has historically been an important activity for members of the queer community. The Poet Pride Drag Show creates a safe space for students, staff, faculty, alumni and professional performers to freely express themselves and share their art with the Whittier community. The show is open to the public.
This event is in collaboration with Transgender, Other-identified, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Allies for Diversity (TOBGLAD) club.
Spilling the Tea on Diversity is a monthly dialogue series that empowers students to engage in critical conversations in order to increase their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) awareness and engagement on and off campus. The dialogues are facilitated by DEI Ambassadors, and the model supports participants through critical reflection processes that lead to allyship and action. The series is open to students, staff, and faculty at Whittier College.
Past conversations include
In collaboration with the Center of Career & Professional Development, Thriving Authentically is a series where alumni and employers are invited to serve in a panel to share their lived experiences in the workplace. It’s an empowering space for historically marginalized students to learn how to navigate the world, culture, and their rights as professionals.
In honor of Black History Month, students have the opportunity to experience African American/Black culture and heritage in Los Angeles by visiting local organizations/sites and support Black owned restaurants.