Past attendees of Commencement/Reunion Weekend (CRW) will tell you that connecting with classmates and revisiting campus was a highlight of their year. CRW 2017 promises to be an amazing celebration with Commencement, class/cluster reunions, and more!
The weekend is rich with presentations, musical performances, family friendly activities, and time to catch up with friends and make new ones. Plan to arrive on Friday and stay through Commencement on Monday to fully enjoy the weekend.
Commencement/Reunion Weekend DatesIn 2012, the Oberlin College faculty approved academic calendar changes. As a result of these changes, Commencement will not always fall on Memorial Day. Commencement is now held on the fourth Monday each May. In some years, such as 2018, that fourth Monday is also Memorial Day. In other years, such as 2017, Commencement/Reunion Weekend will be held the weekend prior to Memorial Day Weekend, on May 19-22.
Schedule and Highlights
Oberlin’s Commencement/Reunion Weekend offers a wealth of activities and programs for alumni, and graduates and their families. The schedule outlines both free and fee-based events. The weekend includes such traditional favorites as the Grand Piano Extravaganza, Illumination, Late Night Organ Pump, and OCircus!, as well as the popular performances by the Oberlin Baroque Ensemble, Oberlin Steel, and the Cinema Studies Program showing of the best student films of the year.
The Ward Alumni Center, 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 prepaid meal tickets, room assignments, and a full weekend schedule.
Welcome Center Hours:
9 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday, May 19
8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, May 20
8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, May 21
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, May 22
If you will be arriving after the Welcome Center closes, please indicate a late arrival on your registration form, or alert the Office of Alumni Relations before the weekend or the Commencement/Reunion Welcome Center during the weekend. After the Welcome Center closes each night, arrivals need to go directly to the Safety and Security Office at 159 W. Lorain Street. If you have pre-registered for a room, someone from Safety and Security will take you to your room and let you in; however, they will not be able to give you a key to your room. Return to the Commencement/Reunion Welcome Center in the morning to pick up your registration packet and room key.
Alumni Class Pages
The following classes will celebrate reunions May 19-22, 2017. Select the class reunion year to be directed to your class page.
5th Reunion: Classes of 2011, 2012, 2013
20th Reunion: Classes of 1996, 1997, 1998
25th Reunion: Class of 1992
40th Reunion: Classes of 1976, 1977, 1978
50th Reunion: Class of 1967
55th Reunion: Classes of 1961, 1962, 1963
Reunions are a special opportunity to reflect on your years as a student and to celebrate your Oberlin experience. Your reunion gift makes a difference for current students and demonstrates your commitment to helping sustain the college’s tradition of scholastic excellence, academic innovation, and musical artistry.
As you make plans to return to campus for your reunion, we hope you will consider how a new or increased gift to Oberlin College can honor your past while supporting the college’s future.
Your support demonstrates your continued commitment to the outstanding educational experience that Oberlin College offers.
Every gift makes a difference, no matter the size. Thank you for your support.
Follow these instructions to see the ways you can give and to make a reunion gift online. Contact us should you have any questions: