Jackie Au
Campus Life Editor 

As vaccination rates rise, and COVID-19 transmission rates drop, Los Angeles County has begun its reopening transition. With these new regulations, higher education institutes, such as Whittier College, will be able to host socially distanced and masked outdoor graduation celebrations.

The College, although initially against the idea of an in-person commencement, faced outspoken opposition from the student body, imploring them to reconsider the initial cancellation of the in-person commencement. The College acquiesced, and, in addition to the already-planned Virtual 2021 Commencement, will also be hosting a socially-distanced and masked graduation celebration. The class of 2021, although greatly impacted by the cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will get the opportunity to celebrate their achievement, in person, on May 22. 

However, this celebration will be unlike celebrations of the past, and will, keeping true to COVID-19 safety precautions, be subjected to the rules and regulations of the Los Angeles County Health Department. The rules for the celebration are as follows.

Whittier College will host an in-person Graduate Celebration on Saturday, May 22 at 9 a.m. in Memorial Stadium. The Celebration must follow these updated guidelines:

  • The event will be ticketed—each participant will be allowed to bring two guests (tickets are non-transferable), and seating will be assigned.
  • Participants and their guests can be from no more than three households, per State and County guidelines. 
  • Travel Restrictions: 
    • Non-vaccinated individuals (including guests) must live within the state of California.
    • Participants who are vaccinated may travel from out of state and should consult the current California and Los Angeles County Travel Advisories and adhere to any applicable recommendations.
  • Participants must fill out the College’s wellness check the day of the event before being admitted to the stadium.   
  • Participants must wear a mask and maintain social distancing. No social mingling will be allowed outside of each three-person group.

Featured Image: Courtesy of Whittier College

Author

  • Jackie Au is a fourth-year Political Science major with a minor in Anthropology. This is her fourth year working for the QC and her third year as a Section Editor for Campus Life. She is also a member of the College’s Women's Water Polo team. Her hobbies include road cycling, making pottery, and attempting to sell her silly little pots.

Jackie Au is a fourth-year Political Science major with a minor in Anthropology. This is her fourth year working for the QC and her third year as a Section Editor for Campus Life. She is also a member of the College’s Women's Water Polo team. Her hobbies include road cycling, making pottery, and attempting to sell her silly little pots.

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