Alumni Association

Reunion

Illumination lanterns
Photo credit: John Seyfried

2022 Reunion Cycle

We are excited to announce that in-person reunions are returning to campus in 2022—with some important changes!

We have worked diligently to create a plan that will bring alumni back to Oberlin while keeping our community—and returning alumni—healthy and safe. 

The result is a plan that enables our milestone 25th and 50th reunion classes to be invited to celebrate together June 3-5, 2022; our 10th and 60th cluster reunions to be held during Homecoming Weekend October 7-9, 2022; and the postponement of our 30th and 45th cluster reunions.

Spring 2022 - Friday-Sunday, June 3-5

Fall 2022 - Friday-Sunday, October 7-9

June 3-5, 2022 - 50th Reunion (Classes of 1970, 1971, 1972) & 25th Reunion (Class of 1997)

October 7-9, 2022 - 10th Cluster Reunion (Classes of 2011, 2012, 2013) & 60th Cluster Reunion (Classes of 1961, 1962, 1963)

Postponed - 30th Cluster Reunion (Classes of 1991, 1992, 1993) & 45th Cluster Reunion (Classes of 1976, 1977, 1978)

Read more about 2022 reunions

What will the 25th & 50th milestone reunions look like?

Programs will take place on campus June 3-5, 2022, and include specific programming for the 25th Reunion Class (1997), and the 50th Reunion Class (1972). In recognition of their 50th reunions, a special invitation back to campus has been extended to the Classes of 1970 and 1971. There will be fun, music, and a celebration of signature reunion elements.

What will the 10th & 60th cluster reunions look like?

We plan to host the 10th and 60th cluster reunions for the Classes of 1961, 1962, and 1963 and Classes of 2011, 2012, and 2013 in-person and on campus next fall October 7-9, 2022 during Homecoming Weekend! We are excited to invite you back to Oberlin when campus will be energized with academic offerings, musical performances, athletic contests, and student activities.

If I’m not in one of June’s reunioning classes is there anything for me?

Most programs and activities taking place this June will be focused on milestone 25th and 50th reunion classes. However, Saturday evening includes a traditional Illumination and Social on Tappan Square, which is open to all community members. The full schedule of events for June will be available in early spring 2022.

More information regarding October’s schedule will be available in late spring 2022.

What is happening with commencement?

Commencement will be held on Sunday, June 5, 2022. More information about commencement will be available at oberlin.edu/commencement.

Why are these changes to 2022 reunions necessary?

Oberlin’s academic calendar shifted as a result of the pandemic from a two-semester model to a three-semester model. The addition of a summer semester allowed Oberlin to de-densify campus, and to maintain an in-person residential experience for our students. To accommodate this three-semester model, the entire academic calendar shifted, creating a later start this fall (classes began on October 4) with a later finish in 2022 (the last day of finals is June 4, with commencement on June 5). 

The revised calendar affects not only Oberlin’s commencement schedule, but also Oberlin’s reunion schedule and capabilities—a situation further influenced by on-campus construction as Oberlin moves toward its goal of carbon neutrality by 2025. Most significantly, Oberlin will have a limited capacity and timeframe during which reunion activities can occur, and on-campus housing will not be available for reunion attendees.

COVID-19 and ObieSafe

As public health conditions and protocols continue to evolve, Oberlin has developed all COVID-19 policies with the health and safety of the campus community top of mind. Lorain County Public Health and University Hospitals are among our chief consultants in the development of healthcare strategies along with continual analysis of transmission data on campus and in the surrounding communities. 

All visitors are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated with a booster if they are six months or more past their initial course of mRNA vaccination (Pfizer, Moderna) or two or more months past their initial dose of Johnson & Johnson. COVID-19 vaccines are the best strategy for protecting each person’s health, stopping the spread of variants, and preventing new ones from emerging. A high vaccination rate allows students, faculty, staff and alumni to benefit from a low risk of infection on our campus. The college also requires that both vaccinated and unvaccinated students, staff, faculty, and visitors wear masks indoors.

Currently, we plan to safely welcome you back to campus this June. If conditions change, and adjustments to our current in-person reunion plans are necessary, we will communicate with you directly and update information on the reunion website.

Reunion giving will continue to provide a vital source of support for Oberlin students. As your reunion approaches, we hope you will consider how a new or increased gift to Oberlin can honor your past while supporting the college’s future.

Oberlin alumni have a long history of securing their legacy through collective philanthropy. Over and above continuing 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 helping guarantee that future students will be able to enjoy the transformational experiences that Oberlin provided in your life.

Gifts of every size make a difference, and all donations of any designation made prior to Reunion will automatically be credited toward your class or cluster gift. Support Oberlin by:

  • Making a gift when you register for reunion weekend
  • Visiting advance.oberlin.edu/donate to give securely online
  • Calling (800) 693-3167 to make your gift via phone
  • Emailing giving@oberlin.edu 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

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