Student Relations

Commencement

Commencement 2016

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

The 2016 Commencement Exercises will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Quad on the campus of Whittier Law School. The ceremony lasts approximately two hours with a reception immediately following the ceremony. Graduates should arrive on campus no later than 8:30 a.m.

More Information coming soon

View the Commencement Handbook

Graduation Application

Prior to graduation, students must apply to graduate through my.whittier.edu. If you have any questions about graduation requirements and/or your graduation status please email the Office of Student and Alumni Relations for an appointment at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 714-444-4141 extension 127. Questions regarding the Online Graduation Application should be directed to the Registrar’s Office in Building 2 or via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Contents:

Airport Information

You have a number of choices when flying into Southern California. While there are a number of smaller airports, most people use the following airports because of the wide range of international airlines and most U.S. domestic carriers: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Long Beach (LGB), and John Wayne Airport in Orange
County (SNA).

Los Angeles International Airport is located at the intersection of Century and Sepulveda Boulevards in Westchester. It is about 36 miles north-west of WLS campus.
For information call (310) 646 5252 or check out their website at http://www.lawa.org/lax/laxframe.html

Long Beach Airport is located at 4100 East Donald Douglas Drive, Long Beach, California . It is about 17.2 miles from WLS campus. For information call (562) 570- 2600 or check out their website at http://www.lgb.org

John Wayne Airport is located at Interstate 405 (San Diego Freeway) and MacArthur Boulevard. It is about 4 miles from WLS campus. For more information call (949) 252 5200 or check out their website at http://www.ocair.com

Cap & Gown Fittings and Distribution

Students can go to http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/whittierlaw/ to place their orders for cap/gown and/or other graduation products. Gown measurements are based on height, however, for tams, students will need to measure their head. A representative from Herff Jones will be at Grad Fair on February 2nd and 3rd to assist students with measurements and placing orders.

Caps and Gowns will be distributed on campus in late-April through the Whittier Law School Bookstore. Students should arrive at the ceremony with their caps, gowns, and hoods. The café will be used as the student robing room prior to the ceremony. After the ceremony, students must leave their caps, gowns and hoods in the boxes indicated.

Ceremony Information and Schedule

Graduates must arrive at the Law School no later than 8:30 a.m. for check-in. Arrive with your Cap, Gown, and Hood. The student processional line-up will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. in the Cafeteria. Students will receive maps and their line-up assignments when Caps and Gowns are distributed. Graduates will march in alphabetical order by last name. Promptly at 10:00 a.m., the Marshals will lead the commencement processional line into the arena. Details regarding the processional, where you line-up, where you sit, and the logistics of the ceremony can be found in the Commencement Handbook.

Diploma and Certificates

Diplomas and Certificates will be mailed to your mailing address during the summer. Please be sure to verify your mailing address on your graduation application on my.whittier.

Directions to the Commencement

The Law School is located at the corner of Harbor Boulevard and Sunflower Street, near the 405 (San Diego), 55 (Costa Mesa) and 5 (Santa Ana) freeways, four miles from John Wayne Orange County Airport, and 36 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Map of Whittier Law School
3333 Harbor Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Disabled Students and Guests

There are ample disabled parking spaces on campus. In addition, special seats will be available near the front of the guest seating area. If you or your guest(s) will need special assistance to be seated before the processional, please contact Catherine Kennedy at extension 110.

Graduation Announcements

You had the opportunity to order graduation announcements during the Grad Fair. Announcements may also be ordered directly from Herff Jones by going to their website at collegegrad.herffjones.com. Generic announcements may also be purchased through the Whittier Law School Bookstore.

Honorees and Speakers

The Keynote Speaker will be Christine Jones ’97.

Christine ran in the Republican primary for the office of Governor of Arizona in August of 2014 and before that spent about 10 years at GoDaddy as its first in-house lawyer. Christine built GoDaddy’s Legal Department from the ground up and was responsible for all legal affairs of The GoDaddy Group as well as the Domain Services, Network Abuse, Government Relations, Compliance and Legal departments. Christine has testified numerous times before U.S. Congressional Committees in Washington, D.C. about various issues related to the Internet. She has also helped drive federal Internet-related legislation, including laws to keep the Web safe from child predators and rogue online pharmacies. Prior to joining GoDaddy, her legal practice focused on complex commercial litigation, including accounting and professional malpractice. Christine also worked for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office prior to entering private practice. Before going to law school, Christine practiced accounting at several large retail and commercial banks as a Certified Public Accountant. In her spare time, Christine stays involved in volunteer and charitable projects. She graduated from Whittier Law School in 1997.

In addition, the Alumni Association President, Michelle Philo ’12, and the Class of 2016 Valedictorian will address the graduating class.

Parking

Parking is available in the student parking lot. Additional parking will be available across the street from the Law School.

Photography

Grad Photos

The Law School has made arrangements with an independent professional photographer to photograph all graduates. During the ceremony, the photographer will take photos of each graduate as he/she receives his/her diploma cover. (Actual diplomas are mailed in mid-August). Photos can be viewed and purchased on-line shortly after the graduation ceremony.

Due to the lay-out of the facilities, it will not be possible for friends and family members to leave their seats during the ceremony. Anyone attempting to leave their seats and stand in the aisles will be restrained from doing so.

DVDs

DVDs of the Commencement Ceremony can be ordered for $25.00 each. Send a check or money order to:

Larry Sharp @ MDTV
1984 Ridgemont Ct.
Upland, CA 91784
ph. 714-957-3797
Indicate in the memo portion “Whittier Law DVDs”

Restaurants & Hotel Accommodations

The Orange County area has a variety of restaurants offering a variety of dining experiences. The following is a list of restaurants within a few miles of the campus. It is best to make advance reservations wherever possible.

For those who prefer to search the internet for information, there are a few websites with restaurant information guides, including descriptions, review, photos, menus and much more. Here is a list you may want to check out:
http://www.chowbaby.com
http://www.restaurantrow.com
http://www.ocnow.com

Costa Mesa / South Coast Plaza









Darya
Address: 1611 Sunflower Ave.
Cuisine: Persian
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (714) 557-6600
Private Rooms: Yes
Full Bar: Yes
Habana
Address: 2930 Bristol St.
Cuisine: Cuban
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (714) 556-0176
Private Rooms: No
Full Bar: Yes
Maggiano’s Little Italy
Address: 3333 Bristol St.
Cuisine: Southern Italian
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (714) 546-9550
Private Rooms: Yes
Full Bar: Yes
Memphis Soul Café Bar
Address: 2920 Bristol St.
Cuisine: Southern American
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (714) 432-7685
Private Rooms: No
Full Bar: Yes
Morton’s of Chicago Steakhouse
Address: 1641 W. Sunflower Ave.
Cuisine: Steakhouse
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (714) 444-4834
Private Rooms: Yes
Full Bar: Yes
Pinot Provence
Address: 686 Anton Blvd.
Cuisine: French Mediterranean
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (714) 444-5900
Private Rooms: Yes
Full Bar: Yes
TGI Friday’s
Address: 601 Anton Blvd.
Cuisine: American (casual)
Parking: Parking Structure
Telephone: (714) 540-2227
Private Rooms: No
Full Bar: Yes
Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill
Address: 3333 Bristol St. #1876
(1st floor)
Cuisine: Southwest
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (714) 979-7469
Private Rooms: Yes
Full Bar: Yes
Scott’s Grill & Bar
Address: 3300 Bristol St.
Cuisine: Seafood, Prime-Aged Steak
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (714) 979-2400
Private Rooms: Yes
Full Bar: Yes
Wolfgang Puck’s Café
Address: 3333 Bristol St.
(Inside South Coast Plaza – 2nd level near Macy’s)
Cuisine: Californian
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (714) 546-9653
Private Rooms: No
Full Bar: Beer & Wine Only
The Yard House
Address: 1875 Newport Blvd, Ste A219
Triangle Square (Harbor/Newport)
Cuisine: American Fusion
Parking: Yes
Telephone:(949) 642-0090
Full Bar: Yes
Prego Ristorante
Address: 18420 Von Karman
Cuisine: Italian
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (949) 553-1333
Private Rooms: Yes
Full Bar: Yes
Dinner begins at 5pm
McCormick & Schmick
Address: 2000 Main St.
Cuisine: Seafood, Steaks & Pasta
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (949) 756-0505
Private Rooms: Yes
Full Bar: Yes
Dinner begins at 5pm

Irvine






Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Address: 2961 Michelson
Cuisine: Steakhouse
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (949) 252-8848
Private Rooms: No
Full Bar: Yes
Dinner begins at 4pm
Bistango
Address: 19100 Von Karman
Cuisine: Contempo American w/ Euro Flair
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (949) 752-5222
Private Rooms: Yes
Full Bar: Yes
Dinner begins at 5:30pm
Cheesecake Factory
Address: 71 Fortune Dr.
(Irvine Spectrum)
Cuisine: American
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (949) 788-9998
Private Rooms: No
Full Bar: Yes
Houston’s Restaurant
Address: 2991 Michelson Dr.
Cuisine: American
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (949) 833-0977
Private Rooms: No
Full Bar: Yes
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
Address: 61 Fortune Dr.
(Irvine Spectrum)
Cuisine: Upscale Traditional Chinese
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (949) 453-1211
Private Rooms: No
Full Bar: Yes
California Pizza Kitchen
Address: 1151
Cuisine: Multi-Cultural
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (949) 975-1585
Private Rooms: No
Full Bar: Premium Well
El Torito Grill
Address: 1910 Main St.
Cuisine: Mexican/Southwestern Style
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (949) 975-1220
Private Rooms: No
Full Bar: Yes
Il Fornaio
Address: 18051 Von Karman Ave.
Cuisine: Italian
Parking: Yes, do validate
Telephone: (949) 261-1444
Private Rooms: Yes
Full Bar: Yes
Dinner begins at 5pm

Newport Beach / Fashion Island








Bluewater Grill Seafood Rest.
& Oyster Bar

Address: 630 Lido Park Dr.
Cuisine: Seafood, Steak & Pasta
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (949) 675-3474
Private Rooms: Yes
Full Bar: Yes
California Pizza Kitchen
Address: 1151
Cuisine: Multi-Cultural
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (949) 975-1585
Private Rooms: No
Full Bar: Premium Well
The Cannery
Address: 3010 Lafayette Ave.
Cuisine: Fine Seafood & Continental
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (949) 566-0060
Private Rooms: Yes
Full Bar: Yes
Cheesecake Factory
Address: 1141 Newport Center Dr.
Cuisine: Multi-Cultural
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (949) 720-8333
Private Rooms: No
Full Bar: Yes
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
Address: 455 Newport Center Dr.
Cuisine: Steaks & Seafood
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (949) 720-9633
Private Rooms: Yes
Full Bar: Yes
Newport Landing
Address: 503 E. Edgewater
Cuisine: Seafood & Steaks
Parking: Street
Telephone: (949) 675-2373
Private Rooms: Yes
Full Bar: Yes
Daily Grill
Address: 2636 Dupont Drive
Cuisine: American
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (949) 474-2223
Private Rooms: Yes
Full Bar: Yes
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
Address: 1145 Newport Center Dr.
Cuisine: Upscale Traditional Chinese
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (949) 759-9007
Private Rooms: No
Full Bar: Yes
Roy’s of Newport
Address: 453 Newport Center Dr.
Cuisine: Hawaiian Fusion
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (949) 640-7697
Private Rooms: Yes
Full Bar: Yes
Dinner begins at 5pm
The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar
Address: 3131 W. Coast Hwy.
Cuisine: Contemporary California regional cuisine
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (949) 999-6622
Private Rooms: Yes
Full Bar: Yes
Dinner begins at 4pm
21 Oceanfront
Address: 2100 W. Oceanfront
Cuisine: American
Parking: Yes
Telephone: (949) 673-2100
Private Rooms: Yes
Full Bar: Yes

Listed below are hotels within a few miles of the campus and a list of hotels near John Wayne Airport. We have also listed each hotel’s website for your convenience. It is best to make advance reservations whenever possible. If you are a member of the auto club or another organization which offers a discount, please ask when making reservations.

HOTEL:

Close to Whittier Law School

Motel 6
1441 Gisler Avenue
(Less than 1 mile from campus)
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 957-3063
Click here to visit website

Ayres Hotel & Suites
325 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 549-0300
http://www.ayreshotels.com/

Candlewood Suites
2600 Red Hill Ave.
Santa Ana, Ca. 92705
949 250 0404
Whittier Law Reservations at the Candlewood Suites

Marriott Suites in Costa Mesa
(less than 3 miles from campus)
500 Anton Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA
(714) 957-1100
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/snast-costa-mesa-marriott/

Doubletree Hotel (Full Service Hotel)
(less than 5 miles from campus)
201 E. MacArthur Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA
(714) 825-3333
http://doubletree1.hilton.com

South Coast Metro Courtyard
(less than 1 mile from campus)
3002 S. Harbor Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA
(714) 545-1001 (800) 321-2211
http://www.marriot.com/hotel/travel/snasa-courtyard-costa-mesa-south-coast-metro

La Quinta Inn
(less than 1 mile from campus)
1515 South Coast Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA
(714) 957-5841
http://www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?ident=LQ541&propId=541

Hilton Costa Mesa Hotel
(less than 3 miles from campus)
3050 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA
(714) 540-7000 (800) HILTONS
http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/SNACMHH-Hilton-Orange-County-Costa-Mesa-California/localguide.do

Residence Inn by Marriott
(less than 2.5 miles from campus)
881 W. Baker St.
Costa Mesa, CA
(714) 241-8800 (800) 331-3131
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/csmnb-residence-inn-costa-mesa-newport-beach/

Vagabond Inn Costa Mesa
(less than 1 mile from campus)
3205 Harbor Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA
(714) 557-8360 (800) 522-1555
http://www.vagabondinn.com/california/vagabond-inn-costa-mesa.aspx

Westin South Coast Plaza
(less than 2.5 miles from campus)
686 Anton Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA
(714) 540-2500
http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1002

Wyndham Garden Hotel – Orange County
(less than 3 miles from campus)
3350 Avenue of the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA
(714) 751-5100 (800) WYNDHAM
Commencement special rate of $119 mention “College Special”
http://www.wyndham.com/main.wnt?cid=ROMSSP1

Holiday Inn Costa Mesa
(less than 3 miles from campus)
2070 Newport Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA
(949) 631-6000 (888) 465-4329
http://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/costa-mesa/jwacm/hoteldetai

Hotels near John Wayne Airport

Crowne Plaza
(less than 5 miles from campus)
3131 S. Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA
(714) 557-3000 (800) 972-2576
http://www.CrownePlaza.com

Hyatt Regency
(less than 5 miles from campus)
1107 Jamboree Rd
Newport Beach, CA
(949) 729-1234
newportbeach.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html