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ObieSafe Weekly: April 20, 2021

April 20, 2021 12:15 PM

Office of Communications

Required steps for grads to attend in-person Commencement; tips for destressing

Obie Safe Weekly: Caring for Our Community. (The squirrel mascot is wearing a mask.)

Coronavirus Testing Results
April 13–19
New Tests 638
New Positives 2
% Positive 0.39%
The data reported here reflect Oberlin’s testing protocol only. Cumulative totals and information on testing procedures are available at the ObieSafe website.

Not being coy

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Created for ObieSafe by Boston-based artist Beth Wolfensberger Singer P’19.

Conservatory Koi Not Being Especially Coy

Three fish in the Conservatory's koi pond express their thoughts. They use musical puns, such as a sharp sign for the word sharp, or the note B for the word "be".

Fish 1: None of this is particularly natural, but in order to protect students and staff we have to remain sharp and flat-out follow the practice room COVID rules and maintain distance at outdoor concerts.

Fish 2: Don't be discouraged. Let's put the pedal to the metal on carefulness so we can reach "al fine" of the pandemic and rest our vigilance.

Fish 3: It will be worth it not to have to repeat this work "da capo." Hope this strikes a chord and helps better our common time on campus.

In-person Commencement on May 14: Required steps for grads to participate

Statue wearing a graduation cap with tassel.
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones '97

Oberlin is hosting an in-person celebration on Friday, May 14, with two ObieSafe ceremonies: 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Class of 2021 will be split between the two celebrations alphabetically with graduates from both the Conservatory and College. To participate, you will need to do a few things to ensure the safety of yourself and our campus community. Read about the required steps to participate.

Destressing 101

Fitness class.
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones '97

The pandemic has created a lot of stress, worry, fear, and uncertainty. Sometimes it just isn’t possible to avoid those stressors. Exercise, relaxation, and healthful eating will go a long way toward reducing stress. Read on for tips on how to destress.

Process for uploading your vaccine card

Students, faculty and staff who are two weeks post-vaccination (after two doses of Moderna/Pfizer: or one dose of Johnson & Johnson) should upload their vaccine card as soon as possible. This documentation will establish the percent of campus herd immunity, which indicates that a large part of the campus is protected. The information facilitates decision-making regarding return to “normal” activities.


  • Open your Student Health Portal by clicking on the link from the OC Student Health website or through Oberview (Medicat).
  • Click on the IMMUNIZATION tab, click Enter Dates, and scroll down to Covid -19 vaccine. Enter the date(s) you had the vaccine administered. SUBMIT.
  • Take a picture of your immunization card given to you at the time of vaccination. Click on the UPLOADS tab, select Immunization record, click Select File and choose the verification of your Covid-19 vaccine to submit. UPLOAD.


  • Take a picture of your COVID-19 vaccination card and save it to your computer or Android device (Note: You cannot use an iPhone or iPad to submit your card).
  • Navigate to OberView in Firefox, Chrome, Edge, or Internet Explorer from a computer or Android device and click on the Upload COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card task.
  • Read the instructions, fill out the form, attach the image of your card, and click Submit.
  • Once reviewed by Human Resources, you will receive a notification that your card has been accepted or rejected. Rejection reasons may include attaching the incorrect image, the image being unreadable, or entering vaccination information on the form that is different than what is on the card.
Close view of brick path from above, with leaves scattered around and moss between the bricks.
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones '97

2021-2022 Academic Calendar

As we announced last week, the 2021-2022 academic year will return to a two-semester calendar with fall semester beginning on Monday, October 4. The 2021-22 academic calendar balances a number of considerations, including the need for breaks, regulatory requirements, critical facilities projects, and a desire to begin summer 2022 as early as possible.

Here are some important dates:

  • Week of May 24: Schedule of classes and 2021-2022 catalog available
  • Week of June 7: Returning student registration for fall 2021 courses begins

The full calendar is available on the Office of the Registrar’s website, and you can review the 2021-22 FAQ for additional information.

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