A collage of creative graduation caps.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Oberlin College

Commencement 2021

Oberlin College will host an in-person commencement for the Class of 2021 on Friday, May 14, 2021. Each graduate may have two guests in attendance. Two separate ceremonies will be held in Bailey Field, each with approximately 300 graduates and up to 600 guests. All guests must have a ticket, wear masks, and be seated six feet apart. The ceremony will be livestreamed for other family and friends.

Video and More

The 2021 Commencement video is now available for the morning and afternoon ceremonies.

Video Highlights

Video: Morning ceremony

Video: Afternoon ceremony

2021 Commencement Program 

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Read more about the celebration

Commencement Celebrations

Oberlin College invites graduating seniors to participate in an in-person celebration on May 14, shared virtually with their parents, family members, alumni, and friends in a uniquely Oberlin way.

Academic departments and offices will offer their students opportunities to attend virtual events during the month of May. If you would like to attend any of these events and have not received an invite, please reach out to the contact person indicated by each event.

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Senior Class Gift

The class of 2021 is raising money to help make Oberlin more financially accessible for all students. Join us by making a gift to student scholarships, or any other fund, department, or organization on campus today!

Seniors who donate a total of $20 before the end of the academic year—or make a recurring gift for $5 quarterly—will receive a Philanthropy Cord!

Make a gift

Class of 2021 Parent and Family Tributes

A student-designed graduation cap says 'Congratulations'Oberlin College is delighted to recognize the parents and family members of the Class of 2021 who have made special gifts to celebrate their students’ achievement and support the college for the benefit of all.

Please view our donor roll for an alphabetical listing of parent and family donors. We will continue to display and periodically update this list through June 30, 2021. To make a gift, visit go.oberlin.edu/parents. Please indicate the name of your student in the “Comments” box.

Please view the congratulatory remarks from the parents of the Class of 2021. If you are the parent or family member of a 2021 Obie, you're welcome to create your own congratulatory message.

Congratulatory Yard Signs for Your Grad

Congratulate your Obie with a yard sign! Take this 18" x 24" design to a local or online print shop (Office Depot, Staples, etc.) and make a sign for your yard. Don’t have a yard? You can also use this file to make a poster or sign for your window or door, or to share on social media or as a Zoom backdrop. Enjoy!

Oberlin College

Oberlin College congratulatory yard sign.


Oberlin Conservatory

Oberlin Conservatory congratulatory yard sign.


Campus Bulletins

Senior Celebration 2021

December 21, 2020 9:00 AM

Donica Thomas Varner, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Congratulatory Messages to the Class of 2021

We are pleased to share congratulatory messages from parents and family members to the Oberlin College Class of 2021!