The wait for Whittier Weekend is over

Patrice Gomez


Brace yourselves Poets — it is time for the fun to come home. Well, it’s time for a homecoming, that is; this weekend is the College’s homecoming weekend,  known as Whittier Weekend. Whittier Weekend is a chance for current college students, alumni, and family to celebrate the Poet spirit with activities, special events, and lots of smiles. 

The events will kick off at 10 a.m. on Friday Oct. 27. Family and friends will have the opportunity to be on campus after check-in to have coffee with our deans as well as to visit some specifically-chosen classes that Whittier has to offer 

The fun-filled afternoon starts with a Poet Musicale from our Music Department, followed by festivities at 1 p.m. at our very own Whittier College pumpkin patch. Families will also be able to go on the Poet Family Foodie Tour, which is a stroll around Uptown Whittier tasting a variety of cuisines available to the community. Throughout the night, alumni will have the chance to engage in multiple receptions and cocktail hours, including one hosted in the Doubletree by Hilton.

Do not forget to cheer on our Whittier athletes throughout the weekend, starting with the Whittier Volleyball Team’s match against Claremont Mudd Scripps at 7 p.m. in the Graham Athletic Center. The first night of festivities will conclude with the much-anticipated Dub Sync competition in the Harris Amphitheatre, where campus organizations and societies will be performing musical skits. Make sure to bring a camera and a barrel for all your laughs.

  The fun does not stop there. Rooftop mimosas on the SLC keep the momentum going for day two. Society members each host their respective breakfasts to meet and mingle with graduated and current members. In addition, some of Whittier College’s sports teams such as water polo, basketball, and tennis will be competing in both alumni and NCAA games, so check out the athletic schedule to make posters for your Poet friends. 

In the afternoon, the Homecoming Festival will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Upper Quad. There, Poets can mingle and enjoy some live entertainment. Unfortunately, Saturday night lights will not be shining for the famous battle for The Shoes against Occidental College as they have forfeited their season. However, the annual Homecoming Bash at the Doubletree by Hilton will still be taking Poets into the night with music and drinks.

Whittier Weekend wraps up on Sunday morning with omelettes and waffles in the CI, and a Class of 1962 brunch at Gary and Gail Libman’s home. This brunch is one of the weekends multiple reunion events, mostly for the classes of 1967 and 1962.

Whittier Weekend is not only a chance for the students to see what Whittier is all about, but it is also a chance for the campus to show its sense of community. Whether you will be attending for one day or the entire weekend, the campus hopes to see students spread and catch that Poet spirit. For more information on Whittier Weekend, the full schedule is on the school website ( 

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