oberlin president dressed in regalia walking in a processional.
Oberlin College President Carmen Twillie Ambar walks in the faculty-led processional en route to Tappan Square. Photo credit: William Bradford

Oberlin College celebrated its annual Commencement/Reunion Weekend from May 24-27, 2019, with Commencement exercises taking place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. The college conferred degrees on 595 students from the college and conservatory.

Commencement 2019  

Oberlin College Commencement festivities took place Memorial Day, May 27. The ceremony began with Oberlin faculty walking in procession onto Tappan Square, where parents, family members, and other guests celebrated the Class of 2019.

Lisa Jackson, vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives at Apple, was this year’s Commencement speaker. The college presented honorary degrees and other awards to alumna Joanne Chory, an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, who was presented with an honorary Doctor of Science; and alumnus Robert Krulwich, cohost of WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning program Radiolab, who was presented with an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts.

Jackson delivered the Commencement address to the 595 members of Oberlin’s Class of 2019, campus members, and guests.

Read Jackson’s message to the newest graduates.

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Crimson and Gold Convocation

Oberlin College President Carmen Twillie Ambar in Finney Chapel.