Parking & Accommodations

Commencement Map 2015Campus Map

Click here for a downloadable Campus Map. Commencement will take place in Whittier College’s Graham Athletic Center.

Parking

General parking on campus is limited and will be further impacted by weather conditions on May 15. Carpooling is strongly recommended. Please note that parking will not be available in the Athletic Center lot as it will be reserved for handicapped and VIP guests only. Please refer to the Parking Map for lots open to the general public. Our Campus Safety officers will be directing guests and traffic before, during and after the ceremony.

Shuttle Service

Before the ceremony: Limited shuttle cart service to the ceremony will be available from the Mendenhall parking lot at the corner of Philadelphia Street and Painter Avenue and from the Campus Inn parking lot at the corner of Earlham Drive and Painter Avenue. Shuttle bus service will run from the Whittier Courthouse Parking Structure at Painter Avenue and Mar Vista Street.

After the ceremony: Limited shuttle cart service will be available from the Graham Athletic Center to Mendenhall parking lot. In the event of rain after the ceremony, a return bus shuttle will follow a round trip route from the Graham Athletic Center to the Whittier Courthouse Parking Structure, with a stop at the Campus Inn. In the event it is not raining after the ceremony, the return bus shuttle will not stop at the Campus Inn. 

Due to space limitations, motor homes and limousines will not be allowed to park on campus.

Click here for information about disability parking and accommodations.

Hotel Accommodations

Below are four local-area hotels for those intending to visit Whittier College for Commencement.

DOUBLETREE HOTEL
(FORMERLY NORWALK MARRIOTT)
1311 Sycamore Dr., Norwalk, CA 90650
562.863.5555
This hotel is approximately six miles from campus.

RADISSON HOTEL WHITTIER
7320 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90602
562.945.8511
This hotel is located in Uptown Whittier, less than one mile from campus.

VAGABOND INN
14125 E. Whittier Blvd., Whittier, CA 90605
562.698.9701
This hotel is approximately two miles from campus.

HOLIDAY INN SELECT LA MIRADA
14299 Firestone Blvd., La Mirada, CA 90638
714.739.8500
This hotel is approximately seven miles from campus. Complimentary Shuttle Service to and from campus is available upon request.

Airport Information

You have a number of choices when flying into Southern California. While there are a number of smaller airports, most people use the following airports because of the wide range of international airlines and most U.S. domestic carriers: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Burbank (BUR), Long Beach (LGB), and Ontario (ONT). Airport (LAX), Burbank (BUR), Long Beach (LGB), and Ontario (ONT). See below for directions to Whittier College from local airports.

Directions

From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX):

  • Take I-105 East towards Norwalk (approx. 16.5 miles)
  • Merge onto I-605 North (approx. 6 miles)
  • Exit I-605 on Beverly Boulevard East
  • Proceed on Beverly Boulevard to Painter Avenue (2.5 miles), turn right
  • Proceed on Painter Avenue to Whittier College (.5 miles)
     

From Long Beach Airport (LGB):

  • Take CA-19 North (approx. 4 miles)
  • Merge onto CA-91 East towards Riverside (2 miles)
  • Merge onto I-605 North
  • Exit I-605 on Beverly Boulevard East
  • Proceed on Beverly Boulevard to Painter Avenue (2.5 miles), turn right
  • Proceed on Painter Avenue to Whittier College (.5 miles)
     

From Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport (BUR):

  • Take 210 Freeway East
  • Merge onto I-605 South
  • Exit I-605 on Beverly Boulevard East
  • Proceed on Beverly Boulevard to Painter Avenue (2.5 miles), turn right
  • Proceed on Painter Avenue to Whittier College (.5 miles)
     

From Ontario Airport (ONT):

  • Take CA-10 West
  • Merge onto I-605 South
  • Exit I-605 on Beverly Boulevard East
  • Proceed on Beverly Boulevard to Painter Avenue (2.5 miles), turn right
  • Proceed on Painter Avenue to Whittier College (.5 miles)
     

From Union Station (Amtrak) and Downtown Los Angeles:

  • Take US-101 South (approx. 1.9 miles)
  • Merge onto CA-60 East
  • Merge onto I-605 South
  • Exit I-605 on Beverly Boulevard East
  • Proceed on Beverly Boulevard to Painter Avenue (2.5 miles), turn right
  • Proceed on Painter Avenue to Whittier College (.5 miles)

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