Whittier Weekend 2015 Schedule

Time Event Location

Catch That Poet Spirit Station

HEY POETS! We’ve got spirit, yes, we do! We’ve got spirit, how about YOU? We want you to Catch That Poet Spirit—make this your first stop to check in and receive your welcome packet and exclusive Poet Pride perks.

• enjoy music and activities
• add flair to your name tag
• participate in our Poet Spirit photo contest
• pick up your Faithful Friend thank-you gift

Lower Quad

Attend a College Class

Experience today’s curriculum and mingle with students in any of the several current classes that will be open to alumni, parents, and friends. Whittier’s world-class faculty look forward to welcoming you into their classroom. List of open classes will be available online and at the Poet Spirit Station.

Various Locations

Poet Hospitality Suite

Meet up with classmates, get a drink, have a snack, charge your cell phone, and refresh from your activities in the cool spirited confines of Dezember Alumni House. 

Dezember Alumni House

Coffee With the Deans

Drop in for your morning cup and pastries and visit with the newest Deans - Dr. Joel Perez, Vice President and Dean of Students; Dr. Darrin Good, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. Get to know the great staff members and resources available to your students from the Division of Student Life. 

Hartley House


Golden Anniversary Brunch

Celebrate with the Class of 1965 who will be inducted into the Golden Anniversary Club and visit with other alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago.

Brunch is $25 per person. Gratis entry if you are a member of the Class of 1965, Trustee, Philadelphians, or JGWS - gratis seats are for yourself and one guest. 

Brunch attendees are encouraged to park in the Ruth B. Shannon Center parking lot. If this lot is full when you arrive, please refer to the Courthouse Parking Structure (corner of Mar Vista & Painter). Shuttle service will be available from the structure, call (562) 907-4211 to confirm a shuttle pickup. 

 Memorial Chapel

President’s State of the College

The 14th President of Whittier College, Sharon Herzberger, will deliver her annual State of the College address, highlighting Whittier’s role as a model for the nation in higher education.

Arnold Hall

Poet Musicale 

Enjoy a showcase of outstanding student talent, presented by the Music Department.

Arnold Hall

1 p.m.

Poet Travel Opportunity: WWII Sites & Western Europe - Info Session with Fred Bergerson

Visit Dezember Alumni House for an information session about a once in a lifetime Poet Travel opportunity. Political science professor Fred Bergerson will describe his remarkable trip, planned for late July and early August of 2016, to historic WWII locations throughout Western Europe. Highlights will likely include visits to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, Camp Amersfort Concentration Camp in Eindhoven, Bastogne (the site of the Battle of the Bulge), the Patton Museum in Luxembourg, the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy, and sightseeing with a farewell dinner in Paris. This travel opportunity is open to all members of the Poet family including alumni, parents, children (13+), and grandparents.  
To learn more about this incredible travel opportunity with Professor Bergerson, attend the information session, or email Vice President for Advancement, Steve Delgado at sdelgado@whittier.edu.

Dezember Alumni House

ALL Poets Family Lunch

Join students for an ALL Poet outdoor BBQ lunch featuring a buffet sure to entice everyone.
Mix and mingle with Poets and participate in fun contests and more! Pay at the door.

Lower Quad

Campus Tour 

Enjoy a guided walking tour of campus visiting new and familiar sites.

Meet @ the Rock

Science & Learning Center: Hard Hat Tour

Get an inside look into the renovation of the Science & Learning Center.

SLC Site

Poet Awards Reception & Dinner

Join President Herzberger, the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and fellow Poets as we formally honor distinguished members of our Whittier College community. $65 per person

Professional attire suggested. Also we are dining al fresco so you may want to bring a sweater or light jacket as well. Complimentary shuttle service will be available from the Ruth B. Shannon Center (corner of Painter Ave. & Philadelphia St.) starting at 5:45 p.m.

Wardman House

Midnight Madness & Dub-Sync

Get the the GAC for all of the madness! Celebrate the start of Poet Basketball season with games, competitions, performances, prizes, and more! Also, experience the tradition of Dub-Sync, formerly Spring Sing, when societies and other student organizations lip sync to popular music. Followed by the Mr. & Ms. Whittier Competition @9p.m.

Graham Athletic Center




Time Event Location

Walk & Talk with President Herzberger

Put on comfortable shoes and take a stroll with President Herzberger in one of her signature walks through our beautiful historic campus.

Meet @ the Rock


Men's Basketball Alumni Game

Graham Athletics Center
10 a.m.

Men's Lacrosse Alumni Game

Memorial Stadium


Student Experience Info Sessions 

Parents and Families join us for special sessions led by the offices of International Programs and the Center for Career Planning & Internships to discuss opportunities available for your students.

Poet Siblings go to College

This fun session has been designed to give younger students an opportunity to experience life as a Whittier College Poet. This session is offered to your 8 to 18 year old.

Deihl 118


Society Brunches

For more information, contact your actives directly or check here. Following your brunch, be sure to come to the Poet Festival on the baseball field to enjoy the All-Society Mixer. 

Various Locations

Men's Soccer vs. University of Redlands

Graham Soccer Field

Men's Water Polo Alumni Game

Slade Aquatic Center


Annual Homecoming Poet Festival 

Featuring the All-Society Mixer, Class Reunion celebrations, Affinity networks, Faithful Friends, and Poet Award Honorees. THIS IS THE MUST-GO-TO EVENT. There is something for everyone, adults and kids alike: Macaroni & Cheese Factory, Reunion Central, Craft Beer tasting, class photos, Poet Spirit Station, live entertainment, games, face painting, and more! Pre-buy a meal voucher for $7 per person.

Memorial Baseball Field 

Volleyball vs. Chapman University 

Graham Athletics Center

4:45 p.m.

Parade of Poet Athletes

Athletes from the past and present will cap off the Poet Festival with this annual parade. The route goes through the Memorial Stadium parking lot, around the track, and finishes with a "fired-up" tunnel to rally the football team's entrance to the field. Line-up will take place at the festival. First 50 alumni athletes will receive a special giveaway!

Memorial Baseball Field

Homecoming Football Game

Cheer the Poets on to victory as they face Pomona-Pitzer. $5 per ticket at the gate

Memorial Stadium

50th Golden Reunion Reception & Dinner

The Class of 1965 will celebrate at the home of the President. $55 per person

Business-casual attire suggested. Also, we are dining al fresco so make sure to bring a sweater or light jacket as well. Complimentary shuttle service will be available from the College Hall lot (Earlham Drive) starting at 5:45 p.m. 

Wardman House


Rad Poets Only

Exclusive for Poets--Radisson poolside party (21 & over only)--no host food and bar. Dance under the stars to tunes from DJ MO2, Leda (Mintzer) Muller '88, who will be spinning the classics from the 80s, 90s, and today. Free before 10:30 p.m.

Also, make sure to stay up for the after-party! Legendary all male party band CONJOB features founding members and Whittier College alumni Mike Moran ’93 (Franklin), Kevin Brent ’94 (Sachsen), Brad Weidlich ’96 (Franklin), Chris “Longfellow” Longman ’95, and Whittier native Nelson Messick. The guys go on at 11 p.m. in the back ballroom - you won’t want to miss out on the hilarity that is sure to ensue.





44th Annual Tardeada 

Delicious food, Latin music, traditional folkloric dances, and much more for alumni and their families! Join us in this long-standing tradition as we remember, honor, and celebrate the legendary Martin Ortiz '48 and his legacy.

Also, join us to honor Whittier College alumnus, Victor Griego, Jr. '78 as he is inducted into the College's Latino alumni group Alianza de Los Amigos Hall of Fame. 

Pay at the door. 

Campus Center Courtyard