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First Lady Michelle Obama to Address 2015 Graduating Students

Michelle ObamaFirst 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, will be 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 does not require tickets. Photo courtesy of

More information about procedures for this year's commencement ceremony.

Download the ObieCRW App

ObieCRW App Logo If you cannot wait to plan your visit to Oberlin for Commencement/Reunion Weekend, you can start exploring the schedule with the new ObieCRW app. This tool has the complete weekend schedule, track schedules for specific reunion groups and event types, information about venues and Oberlin businesses, plus maps to help you navigate the campus. You can also set up reminders so you don’t miss an event and receive notifications of last-minute changes. The ObieCRW app is free and works on all devices.

Download the ObieCRW app.

M’aidez! May Day!

Oberlin SwitchboardFor a quarter of our campus community, May Day marks the beginning of their last month at Oberlin. Colloquially, the phrase “mayday” is usually uttered in an emergency situation, originating from the French "m’aidez," which translates to “help me!”

On April 30, 2015, we celebrated our first year of the Oberlin Switchboard. We asked graduating seniors to post about three things they would be interested in discussing with others. This May Day weekend we would like to connect each and every post with a member of the Oberlin community.

Log into the Oberlin Switchboard and find five posts to comment on publicly. Your efforts will not just help these individual students, as future seekers of advice will be able to search Switchboard when they need answers. To continue the conversation with a student, you can use Switchboard’s private messaging feature to pass along your contact information.

What can you help with today?

Twelve Receive Tenure

Oberlin’s Board of Trustees has approved recommendations to reappoint with continuous tenure 12 assistant professors and promote them to the rank of associate professor. The newly tenured associate professors are:

  • Laura Baudot, English
  • Jack Calcut, Mathematics
  • Julia Christensen, Art (studio)
  • Janet Fiskio, Environmental Studies
  • Amy Margaris, Archeological Studies and Anthropology
  • Mohammad Jafar (Amir) Mahallati, Religion
  • Greggor Mattson, Sociology
  • Emer O'Dwyer, History and East Asian Studies
  • Tracie Paine, Neuroscience
  • Viplav Saini, Economics
  • Claire T. Solomon, Hispanic Studies
  • Natasha Tessone, English

Learn more about Oberlin's newly-tenured faculty.

Video: Thinking About Thinking

The scientific research society Sigma Xi challenged young scientists to develop their presenting skills online through a written abstract, technical slideshow, or personal video. For this endeavor, Weelic Chong, a senior majoring in biochemistry and neuroscience, won the 2015 Sigma Xi undergraduate division award for his video on the link between cadmium and other environmental factors and Parkinson’s Disease.

Watch Chong's video "Parkinson's Disease x Cadmium".

Tour: the Art of Mexico City and Oaxaca

Mexico CityImmerse yourself in Latin American art and archeology on this custom tour to Mexico City, co-sponsored by the Allen Memorial Art Museum. Explore Zona Maco, one of the top Latin American art fairs, with a VIP pass. Journey to the Basin of Mexico to explore the awe-inspiring pyramids of Teotihuacan, an important Mesoamerican site. Explore the rarely viewed mural museum and walk the Avenue of the Dead, connecting the Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon. Visit galleries in the San Miguel Chapultepec and Colonia Roma districts of Mexico City. Wander the cobbled streets of the colonial-style San Angel neighborhood and enjoy the Saturday bazaar at the Jardin del Arte. Visit La Casa Azul where Frida Kahlo was born and died and see works by Diego Rivera and Kahlo in the Museo Dolores Olmedo. This tour will be escorted by Allen Memorial Art Museum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Denise Birkhofer.

Visit the Alumni Travel Program to download a brochure.

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