Commencement for the Class of 2023

The 2023 Spring Commencement Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. in Memorial Stadium.

All graduates and guests must complete the health screening prior to arrival. Please stay home if you are ill. Additionally, we strongly recommend that individuals be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.

Arriving at Memorial Stadium

Memorial Stadium is located at the highest point of the Whittier College campus. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and carry water if you intend to walk to the Stadium from lower campus. For reference, it is a half-mile walk from Painter and Earlham to the Stadium, with an elevation gain of 118 feet.

Please give yourself ample time to park your vehicle, walk to the Stadium, and clear security at the gate. All attendees will be screened by wand-style metal detectors prior to entering the Stadium. We ask that guests avoid bringing air horns or similar noise devices to the ceremony.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the Graham Athletics Center, where seating is limited. Each graduate will receive four entrance tickets. These tickets are to be used only in case of inclement weather and are not needed for the ceremony in the Stadium. You may reserve tickets on the Ceremony’s Eventbrite page. The password to access your tickets is Commencement2023. You will be required to use your email and enter your Student ID when prompted. Your tickets will be delivered to your email. It is recommended that you print these tickets and distribute them to your guests, but your guests will also be able to present them electronically.

Student Information

Graduates must check in for the ceremony on the baseball field. Check in opens at 5 p.m. and graduates should arrive no later than 5:30 p.m.

Students who have earned Latin Honors may pick up their cords at the check-in table. As a reminder, please do not forget to have your clearance form and regalia. Graduates will not be able to walk in the ceremony without presenting both items. You may present your clearance form on your phone or in paper form. If you present the paper form, it must be signed by the registrar or assistant registrar prior to check in.
The academic procession of graduating students, faculty, college officers, and members of the Board of Trustees will begin promptly at 6:25 p.m. As the ceremony will be outside, you may want to bring a pillow or cushion to use on the stadium seats. Spring evenings can be chilly and we suggest bringing a sweater or light coat. Guests are not allowed onto the field or in the aisles during the ceremony to take photos of graduates. The College will have professional photographers taking pictures of each graduate. More information is available on the Grad Images website.