Oberlin College Commencement

Oberlin College Commencement

Photographs from the Weekend

Check out our Flickr Photostream of Commencement/Reunion Weekend events.


Watch Oberlin's 2014 Commencement ceremony.

Commencement/Reunion Weekend took place in Oberlin from May 23-26, 2014. Commencement exercises were held on Monday, May 26, on Tappan Square, at which time arts and sciences and conservatory students received their degrees. In addition to Commencement, the college welcomed alumni and their families for class reunion gatherings and special events.

Thomas E. Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor, gave this year’s Commencement address. Perez's previous appointment was the assistant attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, which enforces federal laws that prohibit discrimination and uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all who live in America.

Mary Evelyn Tucker, senior lecturer and senior research scholar at Yale University, was the speaker for the Baccalaureate Ceremony. Tucker teaches in a joint master’s program in religion and ecology between the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies as well as the Divinity School. She also is a cofounder and codirector of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale.

Honorary degree, community service, and Alumni Association award winners are:

  • Christopher Browning ’67, Honorary Doctor of Humanities
  • Marta Kutas ’71, Honorary Doctor of Science
  • Groesbeck Parham ’70, Honorary Doctor of Humanities and Science
  • Harald Vogel, Honorary Doctor of Music
  • Robert S. Lemle ’75, Alumni Medal
  • Patricia Holsworth, Community Service Award

Additionally, Commencement/Reunion Weekend featured such long-standing traditions as the Illumination, the grand piano extravaganza, Oberlin Steel band, and some quirky Oberlin-style outfitting for the academic procession. Other popular events during Reunion included swing dancing, a 5K fun run and walk through town, and film screenings at the recently renovated Apollo Theatre.

Keep track of events with the Commencement/Reunion Weekend 2014 booklet.

Take a look at the pictures, sound bites, and videos we captured of the Commencement/Reunion 2014 festivities throughout the weekend on our Flickr, Facebook, and Tumblr sites.