Oberlin College Commencement

Oberlin College Commencement

Photographs from the Weekend

Check out our Flickr Photostream for a glimpse of Commencement and Reunion events from 2013.


View an archived webcast of the Commencement ceremony of May 27, 2013, at

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

Thomas E. Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor, will give 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, will be 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.

This year's recipients of honorary degrees and Alumni Association awards 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

Commencement/Reunion Weekend will feature such long-standing traditions as the Baccalaureate Ceremony, Illumination, the grand piano extravaganza, Oberlin Steel band, and some quirky Oberlin-style outfitting for the academic procession. You also can take part in such newer traditions as swing dancing, a 5K fun run and walk through town, and film screenings at the recently renovated Apollo Theatre.

Registration is now available. Parents and family members must register separately from the graduate registration. Select "Parents/Family Members of Graduating Seniors" as the registration type. Register online for Commencement/Reunion Weekend 2014.

View last year's Commencement/Reunion Weekend 2013 booklet for a sample of the events and activities.