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Required Attendance at Commencement Creates Conflicts for Seniors

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North Bennett, News Writer

March 3, 2016

Seniors are required to attend commencement to receive their diploma, barring an exemption. This still can create scheduling conflicts for seniors.

George Bridges: Reflections on a Decade at Whitman

May 18, 2015

Serving as Whitman's president for the past 10 years has been an immense privilege. I've worked with extraordinarily talented people, celebrated impressive accomplishments of many groups and individuals, enjoyed unforgettable and joyous moments with students, faculty and staff, and learned much about...

Low-Income Students Feel Graduation Blues

Low-Income Students Feel Graduation Blues

Alisha Agard

May 1, 2014

Graduation is coming just around the corner, and the senior friends I've watched write theses and study for oral exams will be walking across the stage and bidding farewell to the place they've studied for the last four years. All of the late nights, early mornings, stress and hard work will be w...

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to Speak at Commencement

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to Speak at Commencement

Andy Monserud

April 17, 2014

Last week, the Office of Communications announced that U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has been selected as this year's commencement speaker.  Jewell, the former CEO of R.E.I., will address commencement attendees on May 25. Jewell, a former Seattle resident, left her position at R.E....

Commencement speakers urge graduates to fight injustice

Commencement speakers urge graduates to fight injustice

Karah Kemmerly

May 21, 2012

An audience of friends and family members watched as Whitman seniors made the transition from students to alumni at the 126th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20, 2012. Faculty members and members of the class of 1962, who celebrated their fiftieth reunion during commencement weekend, made their procession...

‘Fast Food Nation’ author Eric Schlosser is 2012 commencement speaker

Patricia Vanderbilt

March 11, 2012

Eric Schlosser, author of "Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the American Meal," will deliver the commencement speech for the class of 2012. Schlosser is also the author of "Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market," a 2003 book on the history and trade of marijuana,...

Students propose 2010, 2011 commencement speaker possibilities

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Eric Nickeson-Mendheim

December 8, 2009

Another speaker will stand in front of crowds of graduating seniors and their families this May. While the decision of who to bring has yet to be made, seniors and faculty have been submitting nominations for commencement speakers since Nov. 17. Some seniors, such as Maryn Juergens, harbor high hopes ...

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