Alumni Association

Oberlin Alumni Association


Commencement Speeches

If you were unable to join us for this year's Commencement ceremony or you would like to hear the inspiring speeches offered by First Lady Michelle Obama and Marian Wright Edelman again, videos of both addresses are below. The video for the full ceremony is available here.



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.