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The stage is set—literally. Tappan Square is set to host the Special Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony, final preparations are complete, and campus is ready to welcome over 400 guests–Class of 2020 alumni and their loved ones.

Below is the full schedule of celebratory events, the live stream for the special commencement ceremony, and important ObieSafe and COVID-19 information for all campus visitors.

Commencement Ceremony Live Stream

At noon, join President Carmen Twillie Ambar, class representative Naeisha McClain '20, faculty and staff, Class of 2020 alumni and their loved ones and the entire Oberlin College and Conservatory community to celebrate and honor the the Class of 2020. The formal ceremony begins at 12 PM ET, but tune in early to enjoy the faculty honorguard, fanfare from the brass ensemble, and the class processional.

Watch Live


Schedule of Events

Graduation Celebration Schedule | Saturday, October 16

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8:30 AM First shuttle departs Sheraton Cleveland Airport Hotel, headed toward Oberlin.
The first wave of shuttle buses will depart from the main entrance of the Sheraton Cleveland Airport Hotel.

View the complete shuttle bus schedule

10 – 11 AM Class of 2020 Welcome Breakfast
Members of the Class of 2020 members and their loved ones are encouraged to enjoy an upscale continental breakfast to begin the day.

11 – 11:30 AM Pre-Ceremony Check in
Graduates will check in at the Academic Advising Resource Center (AARC) Office (Carnegie Building; 101 N. Professor St.) and receive instructions about where to line up for the commencement processional. 

Noon Special Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony
The ceremony will include a processional, commencement address by President Carmen Twillie Ambar, remarks by class representative Naeisha McClain '20, reading of graduate names, and a ceremonial photo opportunity as graduates walk across the stage. NOTE: Graduates MUST CHECK IN on Saturday morning in order to participate in the special commencement ceremony. 

Registration for the Special Commencement Ceremony is CLOSED. Questions? Please contact the Office of the Registrar directly.

1:30 – 2:30 PM Unity Celebration
Questions? Please contact the MRC at

1:30 – 3 PM Black Family Appreciation Ceremony and Luncheon
Questions? Please contact Director and Faculty in Residence, Candice Raynor, at

1:30 – 3 PM Homecoming Tailgate sponsored by the Heisman Club
Interested in other activities during Homecoming Weekend? Visit the Homecoming website.

6 – 7:30 PM Social Hour and Toast to the Class of 2020 hosted by President Ambar
President Ambar’s toast to the Class of 2020 will take place at approximately 6:45 PM.

7 – 10 PM Class of 2020 Wilder Bowl Party
Class of 2020 alumni and their guest(s) will need to check in for the Wilder Bowl Party to obtain wristbands for food and beverages.

8:30 PM Homecoming Fireworks Show
Sponsored by the Program Board and the Office of Student Involvement.

11:30 PM Last Shuttle to Sheraton Cleveland Airport Hotel
If you miss the last shuttle or intend to stay in Oberlin past 11:30 PM on Saturday, you are responsible for arranging your own transportation.

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ObieSafe & COVID-19 Policies

Masked up YeobieIn accordance with the latest ObieSafe policies, all campus visitors MUST BE MASKED INDOORS AND OUTDOORS. Oberlin recommends that all campus visitors be vaccinated and hand washing remains among the top public health measures people can employ.

Thank you in advance for adhering to the current ObieSafe guidelines and for doing your part to keep the Oberlin campus community healthy and safe.

For additional information, please visit Given the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19, please be sure to check the ObieSafe website for updates before visiting campus.


Additional Information

Please visit the Class of 2020 Graduation Celebration FAQ page for more information.

Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at 440.775.8692 or