Pre-Commencement Activities

Lavender Graduation
Thursday, April 30, 5:30 p.m.
Campus Center Courtyard

For the first time, Whittier College will hold a Lavender Graduate Celebration to recognize our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) students and allies. This is event is being planned by the Cultural Center, Dean of Students Office, and TOBGLAD. Please contact Luz Galbreath if you have questions or plan to participate, at 562.907.4962 or

Minority Caucus and Interfaith Programs Senior Recognition
Sunday, April 12th, 2:00 p.m.
A.J. Villalobos Hall

This event is for all seniors who wish to be acknowledged for their academic success and contributions to promoting diversity at Whittier College through involvement and leadership within Minority Caucus and Interfaith Programs. Please contact Luz Galbreath if you have questions or plan to participate, at 562.907.4962 or Please provide your name, major/minor, and which organization(s) you represent. Sponsored by the Cultural Center, Minority Caucus, and Interfaith Programs

Annual Latino Graduates Celebration
Saturday, May 9, 4 p.m.
Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts

The Latino Graduates Celebration is a bilingual ceremony sponsored by the Ortiz Programs, the Latino student associations on campus, and ASWC Senate to celebrate the academic success and achievement of Whittier students. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony. For more info contact Luz Maria Galbreath at the Cultural Center, or 562.907.4962.

Baccalaureate Ceremony
Thursday, May 14, 8:00 p.m.
Memorial Stadium

The Baccalaureate Ceremony is an opportunity for graduates, faculty, and families to gather together and express gratitude for the Whittier College experience. The Baccalaureate Ceremony is a bookend to the President's Convocation that students attended at the beginning of their collegiate experience, graduates will participate in the Light of Learning Ceremony.

Graduates should line up in the Memorial Baseball Field no later than 7:45 p.m. The procession will begin promptly at 8:00 p.m. Graduates should wear their gown and any cords or stoles. Caps are not necessary. In the event of rain, the Graham Athletic Center will be used. If rain is forecast please check the website for more information.

For more info contact Frances Romo at the Dean of Students Office, or 562.907.4233