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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.

Marian Wright Edelman Named 2015 Commencement Speaker

Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), will deliver the 2015 Commencement address. Edelman has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. Under her leadership, CDF has become the nation’s strongest voice for children and families. The Children's Defense Fund’s Leave No Child Behind mission aims to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

The Oberlin College Commencement exercises will be held Monday, May 25, in Tappan Square, at which time students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory of Music will receive their degrees. In addition to Commencement, the college will welcome alumni and their families for class reunion gatherings and special events on the weekend of May 22 to 25. Registration for Commencement/Reunion Weekend is open through Friday, May 15. Photo courtesy of Marian Wright Edelman.

Read about Marian Wright Edelman's career.

Grammy-Winning Composer Stephen Hartke to Join Oberlin Faculty

Stephen Hartke

Celebrated composer Stephen Hartke, whose influential works draw upon inspiration ranging from medieval music to the blues, has been appointed Professor of Composition at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He will begin July 1.

Hartke will serve as chair of the composition department, part of Oberlin’s robust Division of Contemporary Music, which also includes the Technology in Music and Related Arts department (TIMARA) and Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble. Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

Learn more about Stephen Hartke's career.

Video: Access and Mentoring to #ReachHigher

The Ninde Scholars program pairs Oberlin College tutors with highly motivated 11th and 12th grade students, many of whom would be the first in their families to attend college. In return, the scholars commit to a rigorous curriculum that includes a prep course for college entrance exams, evening workshops, and a summer enrichment program that helps them prepare for college level work.

The results speak for themselves: Since the program began in 2005, 80 percent of the scholars have attended or graduated from a four-year college.

Watch: Ninde Scholars at Oberlin #reachhigher.

Board of Trustees Creates Student Support Initiatives Fund

The Oberlin College Board of Trustees has created a new Student Support Initiatives fund designed to strengthen and expand support services for at-risk students who need additional assistance to succeed throughout their time at Oberlin.

Find out more about these new opportunities for students.

Marquette and Jenkins Highlight NCAC Award Winners

Women’s basketball forward Christina Marquette ’15 was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year, while Head Coach Kerry Jenkins was named the league's Coach of the Year. Marquette, a native of Huntington Beach, California, is the first Yeowoman to earn Player of the Year honors since Ann Gilbert ’91 won the award in back-to-back years in 1990 and 1991.

Learn about this year's NCAC honors.

ObieAdventures! and Alumni Tours

Travel with the Oberlin Alumni Association and Oberlin faculty on one of our upcoming trips. ObieAdventures! features low-cost domestic outdoor opportunities while our alumni tours explore international destinations. Our itinerary includes:
* Apostle Islands Kayaking Adventure (July 23-26, 2015)
* Lake Powell and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Exploration (September 9-11, 2015)
* Galapagos: with an Extension to Peru (January 8-17, 2016)
* The Art of Mexico City and Oaxaca (February 1-8, 2016)

Space is limited—make your reservation today.

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