Photographs from the Weekend
Check out our Flickr Photostream for a glimpse of Commencement and Reunion events.
Commencement/Reunion Weekend took place in Oberlin from May 24-27, 2013. Commencement exercises were held Monday, May 27, on Tappan Square, at which time arts and sciences and conservatory students received degrees. In addition to Commencement, the college welcomed hundreds of alumni and their families for class reunion gatherings and special events.
This year's Commencement speaker was novelist Tracy Chevalier '84, author of the bestselling book, Girl with a Pearl Earring (1999), and the just released The Last Runaway (2013). She also received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts. The Baccalaureate speaker was Tarunjit Singh Butalia, past Secretary General of the World Sikh Council-America Region and the moderator of Religions for Peace – USA.
Recipients of honorary degrees and Alumni Association awards included:
- Jonathan Demme, Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts
- Norma Percy '63, Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts
- David Evans '63, Honorary Doctor of Science
- Larry Squire '63, Honorary Doctor of Science
- Richard Taruskin, Honorary Doctor of Music
- Bill Robinson '63, Alumni Medal
- Booker Peek, Community Service Award
Commencement/Reunion Weekend featured such long-standing traditions as Illumination, the grand piano extravaganza, and more recently, an Oberlin Steel band concert and some quirky Oberlin-style outfitting for the academic procession.
Refer to the Commencement/Reunion Weekend 2013 booklet for a full list of the weekend's activities.