Reunion Classes for 2016
The following classes will celebrate reunions May 20-23, 2016:
1955, 1956, 1957 - 60th Reunion
1966 - 50th Reunion1970, 1971, 1972 - 45th Reunion
1985, 1986, 1987 - 30th Reunion
1991 - 25th Reunion
2005, 2006, 2007 - 10th Reunion
If you are family or a guest of a graduating student, please visit the Commencement Information for Graduating Students site.
Commencement/Reunion Weekend Schedule
Use the Oberlin Commencement/Reunion Weekend app to view the full schedule of events taking place May 22-25. Navigate your way around campus with built in maps of Oberlin. Plan your weekend around reunions, performances, and departmental open houses. Receive event updates and announcements through push notifications. The ObieCRW app works on all web-enabled devices and is free to download.
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 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 25, 2015.
Furnishings include sheets, pillow and case, blanket, and one hand towel and one bath towel. These supplies are not replenished daily. 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 hotel or bed and breakfast. The Oberlin Inn has reached capacity for Commencement/Reunion Weekend 2015.
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 Office of Alumni Relations 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 25, 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. Handicap-accessible seating will be available at Commencement Exercises.
Programming is available for children ages 4-17 throughout the weekend. Advance registration is required.
Camp Oberlin: Supervised recreational activities for children ages 4-12 will be available Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Children should be dropped off and picked up at the Commencement/Reunion Welcome 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.
Children's Pizza Dinner: A supervised pizza dinner 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 23 and Sunday, May 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per child per evening.
Just for Teens: Supervised activities for teenagers between the ages of 13 to 17 throughout the weekend. Activities will include bowling, billiards and Feve tots, a movie night, meals on Saturday and Sunday evenings, and more. Cost is $75 for the weekend.
Traveling to Oberlin with your infant is a great experience, but it does require some advance planning. Bring baby blankets since only two adult-sized blankets are provided. Bring your child’s favorite toys to help with adjusting to new surroundings.
You may want to bring a stroller—there are a limited number of highchairs available in the dining halls. Due to liability issues, we are unable to provide portable cribs. A changing station is available in the Welcome Center.
If you have children who are too young for Camp Oberlin, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at email@example.com for a list of on-call babysitters. This list will also be available at the Welcome Center. Oberlin College has not done any background checks or interviews with these individuals—it is your responsibility and discretion to interview or complete a background check on the potential babysitters. We recommend talking to your classmates about arranging for group babysitting. We are willing to house parents of young children near each other, if requested.
You may order tickets during the registration process. Weekend performance descriptions and times are available in the Commencement/Reunion Weekend app and the registration page. Events will sell out, so be sure to order tickets when you register.
Photographs from the Weekend
Check out our Flickr Photostream to see more photographs from Commencement/Reunion Weekend.
Commencement/Reunion 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.
Welcome Center Hours:
Friday, May 22: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Saturday, May 23: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 24: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Monday, May 25: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
If you will be arriving after the registration desk closes, special arrangements must be made for housing access. Please alert the Office of Alumni Relations/Welcome Center at (440) 775-8692 if this applies to you.
Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, on Tappan Square, rain or shine. Due to First Lady Michelle Obama's participation, tickets will be required for seating in Tappan Square. Standing-room only in Tappan Square will be available without tickets. Access to Tappan Square will begin at 8 a.m.
On-campus dining will be available in Dascomb Dining Hall during the weekend. Several entrées, including vegetarian and vegan options, are available.
Prices (cash only): Breakfast $7.25, Lunch $8.75, Dinner $12.50; Kids age 4-12 are half-price.
A vegetarian/vegan option will be available at class/cluster meals by advance request with your registration. Due to space restrictions, we request 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 registration form so we may alert the dietitian.
Oberlin College has partnered with Hopkins Transportation Service (HTS) to provide shuttle service between Cleveland Hopkins Airport and Oberlin for Commencement/Reunion Weekend.
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 in front of Slow Train Cafe (55 E. College Street) 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 45 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. A schedule is available here.
Need a Ride? Try Switchboard
Whether you fly or drive to Commencement/Reunion Weekend, connect with your fellow travelers by carpooling to Oberlin or sharing a cab or rental from the airport.
Oberlin Switchboard allows users to ask for help or offer assistance. 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.
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.
Recreation + Wellness
Oberlin is committed to leading healthy lifestyles. 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.
Questions / Contact Information
- Meals, events, housing, and Reunion questions: Alumni Association, 440-775-8692 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- General questions/information about Commencement: Office of the Secretary, 440-775-8401 or email@example.com
- Check/Change reservation once on campus: Please visit the Commencement/Reunion Weekend Welcome Center.
Last updated: May 22, 2015