Commencement Ceremony Details

We look forward to welcoming you to campus to celebrate your graduate's accomplishments. We are pleased to provide this guide ahead of your visit. If after reviewing it, you have additional questions, please contact

Please see below for more details and be sure to stay up to date on Oberlin's health and safety policies on the ObieSafe site before you come to campus.


A woman adjusts the mortarboard of a student in line for the processional onto Tappan Square.
Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Ceremony Date and Time

Commencement exercises for the Class of 2022 will take place at 9:30 a.m., on Sunday, June 5, on Tappan Square. Tickets are not required to attend Commencement. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Four guest chairs per graduate will be set. Tappan Square has ample room for additional guests to bring their own chairs.

Inclement Weather Policy

Commencement is held outdoors on Tappan Square, rain or shine. The college has no rain date. Please come prepared if inclement weather is expected. If rain is heavy, the ceremony will be abbreviated. If Oberlin College officials and our event and rental company believe that anyone will be in danger, we will cancel the ceremony. It is not logistically feasible to conduct or move the ceremony indoors.

Live Video

A live video stream will be available on campus in Warner Concert Hall for those who want to view the ceremony indoors as well as on the college’s website for those who want to view off campus. The livestream will start at approximately 9:15 a.m. (EDT).

Special-Needs Parking

Parking to accommodate guests with special needs is available in the Finney Chapel and Bosworth Hall lots. Parking here is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Campus Parking

Parking will be available in all Oberlin College lots. Street parking is available throughout Oberlin. Parking enforcement will be limited only to restrictions for fire lanes and to ensure accessible parking is available to guests who need it. Please adhere to all posted parking regulation signs on and off campus.

Parking at the Hotel at Oberlin is reserved for hotel guests. Parking behind the stores on College St. is reserved for customers of those businesses and may not be used by commencement or reunion guests.

Special Seating

A special seating section will be available for guests with wheelchairs, who are hearing impaired, or have other special needs. Look for ADA reserved signage. Ushers will also be available to guide guests. Seating in this section is on a first-come, first-served basis.

American Sign Language Interpreters

We use American Sign Language interpreters during Commencement.

If you have special needs that require special accommodations, contact the Office of Donor Relations, 440-775-6785, or