Reunion

Reunion 2014

Reunion 2014

Reunion Classes for 2014

The following classes will celebrate reunions May 23-26, 2014:

1958, 1959, 1960 - 55th Reunion

1964 - 50th Reunion

1973, 1974, 1975 - 40th Reunion

1989 - 25th Reunion

1993, 1994, 1995 - 20th Reunion

2008, 2009, 2010 - 5th Reunion


Registration

Register online or fill out the printable registration form and return it with payment. Full payment is necessary to guarantee your reservation. Because of the large number of people expected to attend the weekend, making a reservation is essential. We cannot guarantee tickets or accommodations for those who arrive without reservations.

If you are family or a guest of a graduating student, please visit the Commencement Information for Graduating Students site.


Commencement/Reunion Weekend Schedule

Click to view the preliminary schedule for Commencement/Reunion Weekend 2014. The full schedule of events will be available Mid May.


Contacts

  • Meals, events, housing, and Reunion questions: Alumni Association, 440-775-8692 or alumni@oberlin.edu
  • General question/information about Commencement: Office of the Secretary, 440-775-8401 or secretary.office@oberlin.edu
  • Check/Change reservation once on campus: Please visit the Commencement/Reunion Weekend Welcome Center.

Welcome Center

The Ward Alumni Center, located at 65 E. College St., Suite 4, will serve as the Commencement/Reunion Welcome Center. When you first arrive on campus, please register at the center and pick up your reserved tickets, dorm access card, housing assignment, and the complete weekend program. In addition, you may leave messages for friends.

Center Hours:
Friday, May 23: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Saturday, May 24: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 25: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Monday, May 26: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

If you will be arriving after the registration desk closes, special arrangements must be made for housing access. Please alert the Alumni Office/Welcome Center at (440) 775-8692 if this applies to you.


Parking

Download a campus map that shows parking areas.


Housing

Dormitory rooms are available for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Dormitory rooms will not be available Thursday night. All dorm rooms must be vacated by 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 26, 2014.

Ohio weather can be unpredictable! If warm weather is predicted, we suggest you bring a portable fan since most dormitories are not air conditioned. If cool weather is predicted, we suggest you bring warm sleepwear, as we provide only one light blanket per bed. Once the heat is turned off for the year, it cannot be turned back on. We also suggest that you bring a wash cloth, soap, extra towels, a reading lamp, and clothes hangers.

While we do our best to accommodate the needs of returning alumni, there are very limited facilities for those with special needs such as private baths, wheelchair ramps, and accessible bathrooms. We recommend you consider reserving lodging in a local motel or bed and breakfast.

Reunion class members will be housed together in dormitories as space permits; make your reservation as soon as possible to ensure that you are housed with classmates. Please indicate the number of beds required; most rooms have two single beds. Single rooms are available in some dorms.

Rates for beds in dorm rooms are as follows:

  • Before May 1: $40 per bed per night. Young alumni (Classes of 2008 through 2013) will receive a discount rate of $25 per bed per night.
  • After May 1: $55 per bed per night.
  • Children with sleeping bags in a parent's room are not charged.

Furnishings include sheets, pillow and case, blanket, and one hand towel and one bath towel. These supplies are not replenished daily.

Note: The Oberlin Inn will be under construction throughout the weekend with an extremely limited number of rooms available. Reservations cannot be accepted by phone.

For more housing options, download this list of area accommodations.


2014 Reunion Class/Cluster Headquarters

5th Reunion - 2002, 2003, 2004 - Langston (North) Hall

20th Reunion - 1993, 1994, 1995 - Burton Hall

25th Reunion - 1989 - Talcott

40th Reunion - 1973, 1974, 1975 - Noah

50th Reunion - 1964 - Kahn Hall

55th Reunion - 1958, 1959, 1960 - Asia House and La Quinta North Olmsted (with free shuttle service)


Green Initiative - Bring Your Own Water Bottle

Help us reduce the amount of plastic on campus during this busy weekend by bringing your water bottle with you. As part of our ongoing effort to make Commencement/Reunion Weekend have as little impact on the planet as possible, the Green Commencement/Reunion Committee has asked Campus Dining Services to eliminate single use water bottles. Water will be available throughout the weekend in several locations; we welcome you to fill your own reusable bottle.


Social Media

Use #ObieCRW on Twitter and Instagram to share your memories with the online Oberlin community. Be sure to follow the Commencement/Reunion Weekend blog throughout the weekend.


 

Photographs from the Weekend


Check out our Flickr Photostream.


Dining

General meal dining will be available in Dascomb Dining Hall during the weekend. Several entrées including vegetarian and vegan options are available. Wild Thymes will have a selection of traditional fare featuring savory flavors of herbs. Ring of Fire will feature authentic Asian cuisines. Southside Deli will have a selection of whole meats grilled-to-order at the dinner meal. Focaccino will have calzones, stromboli, pizzas, and other Italian dishes. Prices: Breakfast $7.25, Lunch $8.75, Dinner $12.50; Kids age 4-12 are half-price. Payment (cash only) can be made at Dascomb.

A vegetarian/vegan option will be available at class/cluster meals by advance request with your reservation. Due to space restrictions, we request that only classmates and spouses/partners attend the class/cluster dinners.

If you have food allergies and are attending a ticketed meal, please list the foods on your reservation form so we may alert the dietitian.


Camp Oberlin

Children's Daytime Activities: Supervised recreational activities for children ages 4-12 will be available Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Children should be dropped off and picked up at the Commencement/Reunion Center. Please provide children with a water bottle with their choice of drink. Children should not carry any money. Cost is $75 per day per child with lunch included. Please sign up on the reservation form.

Children's Pizza Supper: A supervised pizza supper with soft drinks and movies will be available in Wilder Hall for children ages 4-12 whose parents attend class/cluster dinners on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per child per evening. Please sign up on the reservation form.

Traveling With An Infant:Traveling to Oberlin with your infant is a great experience, but it does require some advance planning. The mattress can double as a changing table pad. Bring baby blankets since only two adult-sized blankets are provided. Bring your child’s favorite toys to help him/her adjust to the strange surroundings. You may want to bring a stroller; the dining halls have a few highchairs.


Recreation + Wellness

Oberlin is committed to leading healthy lifestyles and providing opportunities for patrons, and the Department of Athletics invites you to explore everything that Philips Physical Education Center has to offer. The Center will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with full access to the cardio equipment, weight room, sauna, track, swimming pool, and basketball, tennis, racquetball, and squash courts. Most equipment may be borrowed from the equipment room. Bowling and billiards are available in Hales Annex.

Please check the schedule for more exciting opportunities to stay fit as class offerings and discussions surrounding health and wellness might be added.


Attending Performances

You may order tickets on the event reservation form. Weekend performance descriptions and times will be listed in the Information and Highlights booklet. Events will sell out, so be sure to order tickets when you register.


Commencement Exercises

Commencement will be held Monday morning, May 26, on Tappan Square, rain or shine. Tickets are not necessary. A live AV feed will also be available in Warner Concert Hall.


Special Needs

Wheelchairs and a limited number of electric scooters will be available from the Commencement/Reunion Welcome Center for a flat weekend fee of $30 (wheelchair) or $50 (scooter). Quantities are limited; please call the Alumni Office at (440) 775-8692 to make a reservation. A VISA or MasterCard is required when you call, but you will not be charged until the device is picked up. Wheelchairs must be returned by 1:45 p.m. on Monday, May 26, or you will be charged an additional $35 late fee.

An American Sign Language interpreter will be available during the Champagne Luncheon and Commencement Exercises.


Ride Finder

Whether you fly or drive to Commencement/Reunion Weekend, connect with your neighbors on your journey by carpooling to Oberlin or sharing a cab or rental from the airport.

Please utilize the Reunion Ride Finder service on the Alumni Association website to coordinate rides to and from Oberlin or the airport. Use your trip as a mini-reunion and find other Oberlin alumni and friends in your region, while reducing the number of cars traveling to Oberlin in May.


Airport Shuttles

Oberlin College has partnered with Hopkins Transportation Service and Charters (HTS) in order to provide shuttle service between Cleveland Hopkins Airport and Oberlin for Commencement/Reunion Weekend.

The online reservation system will request your flight arrival and departure information and will schedule your shuttle service accordingly. If you require a wheelchair lift, please call Hopkins Transportation Service and Charters directly at (800) 543-9912 to make arrangements. Reservations are strongly recommended and must be made by 11:59 p.m. EDT Monday, May 19.

Shuttles depart from the baggage claim area. Please go to the Welcome-Information Booth on the baggage claim level for shuttle information.

In Oberlin, the shuttle arrives and departs from Eric Nord Way and the rear entrance of the Oberlin Inn. Please be at the pick-up location ten minutes before departure. The trip to or from Oberlin is approximately 50 minutes. The per-person fare for advance reservations is $23 one-way or $43 roundtrip. The fare for walk-up passengers (if space is available) is $25 per person.


Last updated: March 6, 2014 

Breakfast, $7.00; Lunch, $8.50; Dinner, $12.50. Children ages

4-12, ½ price; ages 3 and under, free.