Oberlin College Commencement

Oberlin College Commencement

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Commencement exercises for the Class of 2016 will take place at 9:30 a.m., on Monday, May 23, 2016, on Tappan Square.

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Take a look at the pictures, sound bites, and videos we captured of the Commencement/Reunion 2015 festivities throughout the weekend on our Flickr, Facebook, and Tumblr sites.

Commencement/Reunion Weekend will take place May 20-23, with Commencement exercises beginning at 9:30 a.m., Monday, May 23 on Tappan Square. Jessye Norman, hailed as one of the world’s greatest opera and concert singers, will give the Photo by James E. AlexanderCommencement address. Norman, who made her debut at age 23, has starred in leading opera houses, concert halls, and music festivals throughout Europe, North America, and three other continents. She has forged a prolific recording career with more than 40 albums and five Grammy Awards to her credit.

A soprano, Norman’s voice has been resoundingly praised for its mastery of expression, technical control, and sheer power, while her diverse song repertoire spans standard and obscure operas to German lieder (classical songs), avant-garde works, and even popular ballads.

Norman will receive an honorary Doctor of Music.

In addition to Norman, the college will present honorary degrees and service awards to the following alumni and friends of the college:

Photo of Norman by James E. Alexander

Multifaith Baccalaureate Service is May 22


The annual Multifaith Baccalaureate Service will take place on May 22 in Finney Chapel with guest speaker the Rev. Frank Chikane, a pastor of the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa in Naledi, Soweto. The church has a presence in more than 30 countries across six continents. Chikane is currently its international president.

He is the senior vice president of the South African Council of Churches and serves as part of the All Africa Conference of Churches Advisory Committee on Peace on the African continent. He also serves on a number of boards, presiding as chair of the boards of Kagiso Trust, Kagiso Capital, and City Power Johannesburg.

Chikane is the visiting adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Public and Development Management at the University of the Witwatersrand, and holds two masters degrees in religious studies from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (1992), and public administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (1995). He received an honorary doctorate in theology from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.


Register for Reunion 2016

Registration is now open. You can register online for Commencement/Reunion Weekend. You may also download a registration form to mail with payment to our office. Registration closes at 5 p.m. (EDT), Friday, May 13.

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