You are Invited!

You and your family are invited to the 187th Commencement in the proud history of Oberlin College. Celebrated in conjunction with alumni reunions, Commencement has always been a distinctive occasion at Oberlin, featuring big tents, Japanese lanterns, and events open to all members of the community. We hope that when you read the schedule of activities, you will be as full of anticipation as we are. We are proud of the accomplishments of the Class of 2020, and we look forward to celebrating with you in May.

Parents should use the online reservation form found on the Commencement website to arrange housing and dining for themselves and other family members. Graduates have also received this same information so that you may discuss your family’s plans before completing your online reservation forms. You do not have to make housing arrangements for your graduate unless they are a mid-year graduate not currently living on campus.

Regarding housing and meal accommodations, you and members of your family may stay in a college residence hall, make your own arrangements in an area hotel, or opt to stay in an Oberlin home with a host family. The Hotel at Oberlin, which has a limited number of rooms, is reserved for the 55th reunion, honorary degree recipients, and speakers. On-campus RV sites are also available. Meals are available in Stevenson Hall or in local restaurants. Graduating students receive meal tickets for the entire week beginning with dinner on Monday, May 18.

Tickets to the Champagne Social, Shansi Breakfast (if applicable), and the Class of 2020 Family Social are free to graduating students; however, registration is required by either the parents or graduate.

Commencement will be the morning of Monday, May 25, on Tappan Square, rain or shine. Tickets are not necessary; seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please visit the Commencement website to order graduation announcements or official photographs, for information on flowers, and for cap and gown contact information. Oberlin does not require graduating students to wear academic regalia. Graduates who are interested in wearing regalia in the Commencement exercises can purchase or rent items from the Ben Franklin Store, 13 W. College Street (440.774.5711), or the Oberlin Bookstore, 37 W. College Street (440.774.7722).

As Commencement approaches, graduates will receive further information about the weekend’s details, and you should keep in touch with them about the schedule. We hope Commencement will be a joyous time for you, and we look forward to having you with us.

Questions about Commencement? 
Office of the Secretary