Campus Bulletin: Commencement

Updates for Class of 2021 Senior Celebration

March 25, 2021 11:30 AM


Dear Class of 2021,

We are pleased to share important updates regarding your Senior Celebration slated for Friday, May 14, 2021. After consultation with local health officials and reviewing campus COVID data, the Commencement & Reunion Weekend Committee has determined that graduates eligible to participate in person will be able to invite two guests to their commencement. Information about the availability of the Hotel at Oberlin will be forthcoming.

The college will hold two ceremonies of celebration: one at 9 a.m. and the other at 2 p.m. at the Austin E. Knowlton Athletics Complex. We are finalizing details for each ceremony and will share that information in the coming weeks. If you have questions regarding in-person participation, please send an email to

Virtual opportunities for family and friends to participate in the celebration will also be available on our website and, if possible, in various physically distant locations on campus.

Student Commencement Speaker

The committee is eager to offer a prestigious opportunity for graduates to apply to serve as the Student Commencement Speaker. The application is due no later than 5 p.m., Friday, April 16, 2021.

Download the application

We encourage you to apply! Applicants must:

  • have applied for graduation,
  • be in good academic and conduct standing, and
  • commit to attend and participate fully in the celebrations on Friday, May 14, including a mandatory rehearsal on Thursday, May 13. 


Ben Franklin has student regalia available for purchase both in store or online. Orders placed online can be picked up until the ceremony on May 14. Please call the store at 440-774-5711 if you need it mailed. 

  • cap, gown, and tassel, OC colors with year     $33.95 + tax 
  • cap and tassel, OC colors     $16.95 + tax 
  • extra tassel, OC colors     $6.50 + tax 

We look forward to celebrating your class and all its accomplishments!

Emily Speerbrecher
Chair, Commencement & Reunion Weekend Committee
Jessica Bayer Crissman
Vice Chair, Commencement & Reunion Weekend Committee