Campus Bulletin: Commencement

Important Deadlines and Updates for the Class of 2021

April 22, 2021 10:00 AM

Commencement/Reunion

In just a few short weeks, Senior Celebration will be here! This message contains all of the important information leading up to May 14.

MarchingOrder RSVP Deadline - April 26

You MUST indicate your attendance at your designated ceremony through MarchingOrder by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 26. MarchingOrder is the only way we know to expect you and your guests at your designated ceremony.

If you will not be in attendance, please also use MarchingOrder to tell us and, if you choose, you can upload a photo of yourself that can be displayed at your designated ceremony.

Vaccine Card Upload Deadline - May 10

You may be turned away from the celebration if you have not provided documentation by May 10 that you are or will be two weeks post vaccination on or before May 14 from your second dose of a Moderna/Pfizer vaccine or first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. You must upload this documentation through the Student Health portal in OberView after your final dose.

Mid-year and graduates currently studying remotely should send their documentation to covid.testing@oberlin.edu.

If you will NOT be fully vaccinated by May 14, you are required to participate in May monthly surveillance testing May 3–11. You may sign up through OberView as you normally would for your monthly tests.

Mid-year and graduates currently studying remotely who are NOT currently part of the on-campus testing program must submit a negative PCR COVID-19 test administered on May 5 through May 10. We will not accept results from tests performed prior to May 5. Send documentation to covid.testing@oberlin.edu.

Upcoming Events - May 3 to May 22

Academic departments and offices will offer their students opportunities to attend virtual events during the month of May.

Browse the schedule

Join your class for a celebratory evening on Wilder Bowl on Thursday, May 13! Enjoy music, food, and good company as you bid farewell to your classmates! Registration information will be forthcoming.

Ceremony Day - May 14

Graduate Line Up

  • Begins at 8 a.m. for the 9 a.m. ceremony and at 1 p.m. for the 2 p.m. ceremony in the Williams Fieldhouse (directly to the west of Knowlton Athletics Complex). Further instructions will be given to you.

Parking for students will NOT be available; please plan to walk or bike.

  • All graduates with last names beginning with A through Lez MUST check in between 8 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. to participate.
  • All graduates with last names beginning with Li through Z MUST check in between 1 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. to participate.
  • Due to safety protocols, late graduates may not be admitted.
  • The processions will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
  • Masks are REQUIRED at all times.
  • Flat or non-heeled footwear is REQUIRED to march across the turf. Please do NOT wear heeled footwear to your ceremony. Suggested footwear: flat sandals, flat dress shoes, low wedge heels, or other comfortable, flat shoes.

If you arrive in heels, you will be given a pair of flip flops that MUST be worn while on the athletic field.

  • We anticipate the ceremony may last up to three hours; you are asked to remain seated for the entirety of the ceremony out of respect for your fellow graduates and to ensure safety protocols are followed.
  • GradImages will be on site to take your photo as you cross the stage and after you depart the stage. You will be given the option to take off your mask for the final photo.
  • If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please do NOT attend the ceremony.

Guest Policies

  • Doors open at 8 a.m. for the 9 a.m. ceremony and at 1 p.m. for the 2 p.m. ceremony. (Seating is first come first served.)
  • Please maintain a six (6) foot distance at all times from other households.
    • The seating area will be in the existing bleachers of the stadium and marked with six (6) foot distances between every two available seats.
    • Limited seating will be available on the turf; flat, non-heeled footwear will be required to access this limited seating.
  • Tickets are REQUIRED to enter the complex.
  • A temperature check will also be required to enter the seating area.
  • Masks are REQUIRED at all times.
  • We anticipate the ceremony may last up to three hours; you are asked to remain seated for the entirety of the ceremony out of respect for all of the graduates and to ensure safety protocols are followed.
  • Restrooms will be available.
  • Concessions will not be available at the athletics complex.
  • Guest parking will be designated around campus with signage.
  • If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please do NOT attend the ceremony.

If you have any questions, please send an email to commencement@oberlin.edu or visit the Commencement website for more information.

The livestream of the 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. celebrations will be viewable on the Commencement website on May 14.