Campus Bulletin: ObieSafe, Commencement

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

April 20, 2021 10:45 AM

Office of Communications

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 as follows:

  • 9 a.m.—Graduates whose last names begin with A through Lez
  • 2 p.m.—Graduates whose last names begin with Li through Z

To participate, you will need to do a few things to ensure the safety of yourself and our campus community.

The deadline to RSVP has passed. Deadline was Monday, April 26, at 5 p.m. If you need assistance, please send an email to

First, you must RSVP to your designated celebration through OberView task titled “Marching Order.” You MUST fill out this portal to participate in person and indicate you will be in attendance. With your RSVP, you can select up to two guest tickets to distribute as you choose. You will access your grad pass through the online portal closer to the celebration date.

To access the OberView task:

Second, plan to do one of the following after you have let us know your intentions to attend. You may be turned away from the celebration if you have not:

1) Provided documentation that you are 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. Mid-year and graduates currently studying remotely should email their documentation to


2) Participated 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

If you have any questions, please send an email to