Is Whittier planning to host Homecoming 2020 celebration?

Yes, but in a virtual format. While we hoped to welcome alumni and friends to campus this fall, the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our plans to do so. With the continued spread of COVID-19, Whittier is making every effort to ensure the health and safety of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff by minimizing the likelihood or severity of an outbreak. No in-person gatherings will be taking place on campus this fall.

What does a virtual homecoming look like? 

We are excited to offer the Road to HOMEcoming 2020,  a series of celebrations leading up to the big day, Saturday, October 17. Featuring Whittier traditions and activities, you can enjoy the day with classmates and friends around the world without leaving the comfort of home! A variety of virtual events and activities are being planned—everything from a welcome by Whittier’s President, virtual social events, and specially curated programs just for you.

What about this year’s reunion classes?

Class years ending in 0 and 5 are reaching milestones this year. Rest assured that we will support any efforts organized by committees. Please contact our office to notify us of any plans or needs to plan a memorable reunion. Classes can connect virtually for happy hour gatherings, join in together on a walk-thru memory lane with a virtual tour and more.

What if I already made lodging reservations for this fall?

Contact the lodging establishment directly.

Do I need to register for virtual Homecoming events?

Yes, as a link will be necessary to log on to events, You will receive the links via registration email confirmation and again prior to the event.

Are the virtual HOMEcoming events free?

Yes, virtual events are free!

Will the campus bookstore be open to purchase Poet gear?

Although the campus bookstore will not be open to the public, you can still shop online.

Showcase your Poet pride with a new shirt, mug, or sweatshirt from the Whittier College Online Bookstore. Order online today so you can represent your alma mater during Virtual HOMEcoming 2020.

Will Whittier ask me to contribute to my reunion this year?

Reunion Giving is a long-standing tradition, celebrating a significant anniversary of your graduation while contributing to today’s students' success The bottom line is that Whittier depends on reunion fundraising each year, particularly to support financial aid. Students receive scholarship/financial aid—and much of that comes from alumni contributions. With COVID-19 affecting so many families, this year’s need will be greater than usual. Although we cannot celebrate in person, your support is critically important now. 

How can I support the College during this time?

Consider a gift to the Whittier Fund, addressing the immediate priorities and emerging opportunities across the College. You may also consider a gift to the Whittier College Emergency Fund  https://www.whittier.edu/giving/priorities/students to support students' urgent needs

What other events will be changed to a virtual format this fall?

All events that traditionally bring large crowds to campus will move to a virtual format to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus and help ensure the health and safety of our students and campus community. Visit Whittier College Moving Forward https://www.whittier.edu/covid19 for all updates.

When will we get to celebrate in-person?

We look forward to the day when we can all be together again in-person to celebrate our relationships, our memories, and our alma mater.

Questions? Contact us at alumni@whittier.edu