Commencement Celebrations Calendar

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.


Monday, May 3

7 p.m. New Member Induction Ceremony for Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Honor Society

Contact: Sarah Rabbitt

5 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Open House

Contact: Rachel Wysocki and Jason Belitsky


Tuesday, May 4

5 p.m. Art History Senior Celebration

Contact: Christina Neilson and Jamie Jacobs

6 p.m.–7 p.m. Celebrating Psychology Seniors! Awards & Research Presentations

Contact: Nancy Darling and Joan Gleason


Wednesday, May 5

12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Biology Department Spring Celebration

Contact: Keith Tarvin

4 p.m.–5 p.m. OUR Senior Send-off Celebration

Contact: Charlotte Babarinsa


Thursday, May 6

3 p.m. Neuroscience Virtual Open House

Contact: Tracie Paine


Friday, May 7

8 p.m.–9 p.m. Bonner Graduation Celebration

Contact: Brandi McVety


Saturday, May 8

3 p.m. Black Family Appreciation Ceremony

Contact: Candice Raynor


Wednesday, May 12

5 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Creative Writing Open House

Contact: Emily Barton


Thursday, May 13

3 p.m. Geology Senior Celebration

Contact: Zeb Page

3 p.m.–4 p.m. History Department Graduate and Family Happy Hour Trivia

Contact: Annemarie Sammartino

4 p.m. Mathematics: Senior Celebration

Contact: Kevin Woods

4 p.m.–5 p.m. East Asian Studies Graduating Senior Party (invitation-only)

Contact: Sheila Miyoshi Jager and Dale Alexander

4 p.m.–5 p.m. Computer Science Department Open House Commencement Celebration

Contact: Jackie Fortino and Bob Geitz

4 p.m.–6 p.m. Economics Snapshots of Student Research & Open House

Contact: Ron Cheung and Terri Pleska

4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Philosophy Graduation Open House

Contact: Joan Kaatz

4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Cinema Studies Open House

Contact: Patrick Day

5 p.m.–6 p.m. Latin American Studies Open House

Contact: Kristina Mani

6 p.m.–9 p.m. Illumination

Join your class for a celebratory evening in Wilder Bowl on Thursday, May 13! Enjoy music, food to-go, and good company as you bid farewell to your classmates! This celebratory evening is for the graduating class, if you wish to participate in the Class of 2021 farewell dinner please register online.

Oberlin staff will be monitoring the event. Should ObieSafe policies and guidelines not be followed, the event will be concluded immediately. Attendees must maintain physical distance and wear masks at all times.

Contact: Jessica Bayer Crissman

6 p.m. Classics Celebration and Trivia

Contact: Chris Trinacty

6 p.m.–7 p.m. Politics Department Senior Celebration

Contact: Tracy Tucker

7 p.m.–8 p.m. Physics and Astronomy Open House

Contact: Stephen FitzGerald

7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. English Open House

Contact: Gillian Johns

7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Multifaith Baccalaureate Ceremony

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Contact: David Dorsey


Friday, May 14

9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Commencement

Oberlin will host an in-person celebration with two ObieSafe ceremonies: 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Your class will be split between the two celebrations alphabetically with graduates from both the college and conservatory 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

Sunday, May 16

10 a.m. The Commencement Unity Celebration - Presented by the Multicultural Resource Center

Contact: Ilianna Velez

10 a.m. Lavender Graduation Ceremony - Presented by the Multicultural Resource Center

Contact: Ilianna Velez


Saturday, May 22

1 p.m.–3 p.m. 2021 Department Open House-Anthropology, Archaeology and the Linguistic Program

Contact: Jackie Fortino and Amy Margaris