For Graduating Students and Parents

For Graduating Students and Parents

Commencement Exercises Update

First Lady Michelle Obama to Address 2015 Graduating Class

First Lady Michelle Obama will receive an honorary degree and speak at Oberlin College during the Commencement ceremony. Oberlin College is being recognized for supporting the First Lady’s higher education initiative, Reach Higher, and doing its part to answer President Obama’s call to ensure that by the year 2020, America once again has the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. 

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, is the Commencement speaker. 

In order to ensure that our graduates and their families have a truly wonderful and congratulatory celebration, seating for Oberlin College’s 2015 Commencement ceremony will be ticketed. While we are doing our best to accommodate requests for tickets, we ask that everyone remember that seating is limited. Standing-room only attendance is unlimited and does not require tickets. Parking in the city of Oberlin will be at a premium on May 25. 

Commencement will begin at 10 a.m.  More information about the procession will be forthcoming.  More details may be found by going to For Family and Friends  web page.

Eligibility to Graduate 

Students who have questions about their eligibility to participate in Commencement exercises should contact Kelly Cassidy, degree auditor at or call (440) 775-8450.

In general, a student must be registered for work sufficient to complete all requirements for the degree(s) sought by the end of the last semester in residence in order to be eligible to participate in the annual Commencement exercises following that semester. Students who have permission to finish their work away from Oberlin may participate in Commencement exercises only after all requirements have been met. Mid-year 2014 graduates and their families are invited to participate in all Commencement/Reunion Weekend festivities, including Commencement exercises.

Parent Mailings

Your family members in record with the Office of the Registrar will receive Commencement mailings if the graduating student has provided the registrar’s office with address information. If this information was not provided, send an e-mail to and provide the name and address of the parent not listed with the registrar. In an effort to protect the privacy of the student, our policy requires that the graduating senior must make the request.

Weekend Brochure

Refer to the Commencement/Reunion Weekend booklet, which provides information and highlights of major events.

Campus Offices

Office of the Registrar
Carnegie 124
(440) 775-8450

Residential Education
Stevenson Hall - Griswold Commons
(440) 775-8472

Oberlin Alumni Association
Commencement/Reunion Weekend Welcome Center
65 E. College Street, Suite 4
(440) 775-8692

Tickets and family housing keys may be picked up at the Commencement/Reunion Welcome Center in the Ward Alumni Center, 65 E. College St. Suite 4, beginning at 9 a.m., Friday May 22 and throughout the weekend. If you have further questions, please send e-mail to or call (440) 775-8692.

Last updated: March 12, 2015

Checklist for Commencement Weekend

Commencement/Reunion Weekend Registration

Graduating seniors and qualified returning mid-year graduates who are planning to participate in the various events, may register via the link found in the e-mail sent from the Alumni Office in early March.  Choose "Graduating Student" as your registration type. If you need the e-mail re-sent, please contact the Alumni Office.

If you are a mid-year graduate not currently living on campus, you or your parents may make housing reservations. 

Registration for parents and family must be completed separately either by the graduate or by the family/friend by following the link below and choosing the registration type "Parents/Family Members of Graduating Seniors."

Parents/Family Members of Graduating Seniors Registration

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Friday, May 15.

Click on the items below for more information.

Name Pronunciation Form

Graduation Announcements



Cap and Gown

Meal Tickets

Graduating Senior Housing

Mid-year Graduate Housing

Family Housing

Entertainment Tickets

Commencement Exercises