The Poet Experience: Homecoming, October 21-22, 2022

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Join us to celebrate all things Whittier!

Celebrating reunion milestones for classes ending in 2s and 7s!

Please don't hesitate to reach out at alumni@whittier.edu. Stay in touch for up-to-the-date details by checking your email and following us on Facebook and Instagram.

Purple & Gold Hall of Fame

The Purple & Gold Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet will take place at the Holiday Inn in La Mirada on Wednesday, October 19. Tickets are $75 per person. Contact Mike Rizzo ’86 at mrizzo@whittier.edu for more information and details.

12 p.m. | Class of 1957 65th Reunion Lunch | Dezember Alumni House Patio | $40

This will be an outdoor lunch. Visit with friends and catch up. 

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. | Poet Musicale: Homecomings | Memorial Chapel

Featuring Faculty, Artists-in-Residence, top student performers, and ensembles including Whittier Choirs.

4 to 6 p.m. | Poet Experience: Whittier First. Whittier Always. Poets Forever | A.J. Villalobos and Zoom

Brought to you by the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Learn about the current state of the College and Whittier moving forward. Featuring special guest speakers, including President Linda Oubré, Alumni Board President, Vice President / Dean of Students, presentations from the Center for Career & Professional Development, Admission, and Whittier Innovates, along with networking opportunities.

5 p.m. | Class of 1962 60th Reunion Virtual Gathering | Zoom

This will be a fun virtual event hosted by the 1962 committee. Register in advance - the first 20 alumni to register will receive a special memento in the mail in time for the virtual reunion! 

6 p.m. to 10 p.m. | Poet Drag Show & Foodie Fest | Harris Amphitheater | $10 general admission, Free for WC students

Join us for a fun evening that includes a drag show, music, food, and vendors.

Produced by Whittier College students, the Poet Drag Show is a safe, brave, & educational space that is open to the Whittier College community including students, staff, faculty, alumni, and family members.

Local performers will hold a meet & greet prior to showtime. The show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. All show proceeds will be donated to the Pride Endowed Scholarship to support LGBTQ students and allies at Whittier College. 

Admission fee does not include food or shopping.

6 p.m. | Class of 1967 55th Year Reunion | Home of Ann (Hansen) Burge

Classmates are invited to celebrate at the home of Ann (Hansen) Burge in Los Alamitos. Additional details will be shared via email. Please contact John Hall at john1101@sbcglobal.net for more information.

9 a.m. | Campus Tour | Meet at The Rock

Enjoy a student-led walking tour of campus.

10:30 a.m. | Class of 1972 50th Reunion Brunch | Dezember Alumni House Patio | $40

This will be an outdoor buffet brunch. An opportunity to reminisce and reacquaint with fellow classmates, and to experience the current campus with a special insider’s walking campus tour after brunch.  

It will be an afternoon of laughter, friendship, and nostalgia in celebration of this milestone Golden Anniversary. 

10:30 a.m. | All-Poets Campus Inn Brunch | Campus Inn | $12

Join us for a “cafeteria” brunch just like students experience it today. This is a great meet-up spot with friends to be on campus and reminisce. We will have a reserved section for you.  

Noon | Men’s Alumni Basketball Game | Graham Athletics Center

Contact Mark Jensen for more information mjensen@whittier.edu.

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. | Poets @ Poet Gardens: A Homecoming Welcome | Poet Gardens, Uptown Whittier | No-host dining and drinks

Stop by for a quick hello or stay a while! This is a no-host reception open to ALL alumni. We encourage you to join us and our affinity groups for a Homecoming welcome and reunion!

  • WCBBA Whittier College Black Alumni Association
  • Alianza de Los Amigos Latinx Alumni Association
  • Pride Alumni Association
  • Choir Alumni

The Poet Gardens food hall houses several food stations, wine, and craft beer from on-site brewery, Whittier Brewing Company. Located in the historic Nixon Plaza in the heart of Uptown. 

1 p.m. | Homecoming Football Game vs. Chapman | Memorial Stadium | $10 Adults, $5 Ages 3 to 12, Free for SCIAC students

Join Poets to cheer on the team with the WCBAA Whittier College Black Alumni Association 

4 p.m. | Women’s Volleyball vs Cal Lutheran Graham Athletics

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Wine Country Comes to Whittier-Sunset Wine & Cheese Social | Science & Learning Center Rooftop | $15

Taste award-winning wines from alumni winemaker Lauren Vau '16 of Cox Family Vineyards on our campus rooftop. Mingle with fellow Poets while you enjoy wine and cheese in the open California air! 

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Class of 2002 20th Reunion | Science & Learning Center Rooftop | $15

The committee is excited to invite classmates to this special reunion gathering on campus!

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. | 50th Golden Reunion Cocktail Social | DoubleTree by Hilton, Hadley Room | 7320 Greenleaf Ave

All 1972 classmates are welcome to this free, sponsored event. Join us after the game for hot hors d’oeuvres in our own private room with a no-host full bar. Relive the memories, 1968-1972!

6:30 p.m. | Poet Awards Dinner | A.J. Villalobos Hall | $65 

Join us as we formally honor outstanding Poets who represent the diversity, accomplishment, and spirit of service that defines the Whittier community. 

7 p.m. | Men’s Soccer vs. Redlands Memorial Stadium

Friday, October 21 | 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. | Palmer Society 101st Anniversary Welcome Mixer | DoubleTree Hotel Whittier | $10

This will be an indoor/outdoor event for Palmer alumni and their plus ones. Enjoy appetizers, drinks & dancing. Must register by 10/1. No walk-ins. More information 

Saturday, October 22 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Palmer Society 101st Anniversary Brunch | DoubleTree Hotel Whittier | $70 before 9/1 or $80 before 10/1

This will be an indoor event for Palmer alumni. Join us to reconnect and reminisce with sisters during our 101st anniversary celebration. Must register by 10/1. No walk-ins. More information

Saturday, October 22 | Time and Location TBD | Thalian Brunch 

Presale $35. Price increases to $40 after September 10. For more information contact  Candace at 626.678.6347 or muradliyancandace@gmail.com.

Venmo: Candace-Muradliyan
Paypal: muradliyancandace@gmail.com
Check: email or text Candace for mailing address

Saturday, October 22 | 11a.m. to 2p.m. | Franklin Brunch

Purchase tickets

Have you visited our official website yet? Make sure to check out the Shop for the latest Franklin Society merchandise, including our new Centennial Collection! Place your orders now so you can rock your new gear at this year’s Homecoming and save 10% on your first Centennial Collection order with promo code FS100 (valid until 9/15/2022).

Contact: franklinsociety.wc@gmail.com

Events are subject to change. Please check often for most up-to-date schedule. 

All attendees must complete a College Visitors health screening form prior to their arrival on campus the day of events.

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