Alumni Association

Classes of 1979, 1980, 1981

Join us May 22-25, 2020 for Commencement/Reunion Weekend

Reconnect with classmates and experience what continues to make Oberlin a special place during your cluster reunion. Highlights include student performances, alumni panels, faculty open houses, and the long-standing tradition of Illumination on Sunday, May 24.

Many activities, tours, and events will be scheduled throughout the weekend, with plenty of time to hang out in any of your favorite Oberlin locations. The festivities conclude Monday, May 25, with the Commencement exercises for the Class of 2020.

Mark your calendar for Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25. Reunion planning will begin in fall 2019 with registration information going out March 2020. We hope to see you at #ObieCRW!

We hope you were able to return to campus during reunion weekend to connect or reconnect with classmates and experience what continues to make Oberlin a special place 40 years (more or less) later.

Class Officers and Reunion Planning

40th Cluster Reunion Officers:

  • Béla Schwartz ’79, president
  • Jed Johnson ’80, president
  • Joshua Durst ’81, president
  • George Hovanec ’81, vice president
  • Larry Rosenthal ’81, vice president

Connect with Classmates on the Alumni Directory in Wisr

Are you interested in connecting with former classmates, finding other Obies in your city, or networking with alumni who are in a particular career field? Explore the new online alumni directory (in the "Members" tab) that has been incorporated into our networking platform. Once in Wisr, you can update your contact, career, education, and family information. You can also review privacy settings for information that appears in the online directory. While in Wisr you can also join career-based communities and ask questions of other alumni, share advice, and participate in group discussions.  


Learn more about the Wisr platform and how to connect with Obies all over the world by watching the tutorial below.

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You may also send your class note to us at Please let us know if you do not want your note published in the Oberlin Alumni Magazine.

If you have any questions about Class Notes or Wisr, please contact the Alumni Office at  or (440) 775-8692.

In addition, the Classes of 1979, 1980, 1981 Cluster Reunion has a group on Facebook. If you would like to see what types of activities we are planning for reunion weekend or catch up with old friends you haven’t seen in a while, why not join us there? Please feel free to post your personal photos or memories on the group’s page, or simply leave a message on the wall to let us know if you’ll be returning to campus to be with us. Invite the Obies you’re still in touch with to join the group.

Reunion Giving

Oberlin has a long history of alumni leaving their legacy through collective philanthropy. Over and above continuing your support of the Annual Fund, each class establishes a legacy in championing the next generation of Obies! Your reunion gift is a powerful way for you to be involved in the life of the college and conservatory and demonstrates your continued commitment to the outstanding educational experience that Oberlin offers, guaranteeing that the students of today and tomorrow will be able to enjoy the transformational experiences that Oberlin provided in your life. As you make plans to return to campus for your reunion, we hope you will consider how a new or increased gift to Oberlin can honor your past while supporting the college’s future.

Make your gift prior to your arrival! All donations of any designation made prior to Commencement Reunion Weekend will automatically be credited toward your class or cluster gift. Support Oberlin by:

  • Making a gift when you register for reunion weekend
  • Visiting to give securely online
  • Calling (800) 693-3167 to make your gift via phone
  • Emailing for questions regarding planned giving, gifts by stock, and employee matching gifts
  • Sending a check made payable to:
    • Oberlin College
      PO Box 72110
      Cleveland, OH 44192-0002