Past attendees of Commencement/Reunion Weekend (CRW) will tell you that connecting with classmates and revisiting campus was a highlight of their year. CRW 2016 promises to be an amazing celebration with Commencement, class/cluster reunions, and the conservatory’s 150th anniversary.
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.
In addition, this year’s celebration will feature interactive music-related activities, performances and lectures, “Con-tastic!” explorations of a day in the life of the conservatory, and opportunities to visit with former and current faculty.
If you want to contribute to the musical offerings by participating in an informal ensemble or composer reading, get involved with a mock recital, or perform a short pop-up musical piece (you don’t have to be a conservatory alum to participate), send e-mail to Dale Preston ’83, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning to attend? View the 2016 Commencement/Reunion Weekend schedule booklet and the list of attendees.
Download the ObieCRW App
If you cannot wait to plan your visit to Oberlin for Commencement/Reunion Weekend, you can start exploring the schedule with the ObieCRW app.
This tool has the complete weekend schedule, the ability to 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 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. In addition, you may leave messages for friends.
Welcome Center Hours:
9 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday, May 20
8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, May 21
8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, May 22
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, May 23
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.
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 Extravganza, Ilumination, 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.
Celebrating Reunion YearsThe following classes will celebrate reunions May 20-23, 2016. Select the class reunion year to be directed to your class page.
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
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: