For Graduating Students and Families

We look forward to welcoming parents and families to campus this year as we celebrate the accomplishments of Oberlin's newest alumni, the Class of 2023. Information for graduates and families will be available soon.

three students, two in cap and gown celebrate commencement.
Photo credit: William Bradford

Eligibility to Graduate 

Students who have questions about their eligibility to participate in Commencement exercises should send an email to or call (440) 775-8450.

In general, a student must be registered for work sufficient to complete all requirements for the degree(s) sought by the end of the last semester in residence in order to be eligible to participate in the annual Commencement exercises following that semester. Students who have permission to finish their work away from Oberlin may participate in Commencement exercises only after all requirements have been met.

Mid-year graduates and their families are invited to participate in all Commencement and Milestone Reunion Weekend festivities, including Commencement.

Checklist for Commencement Weekend

Commencement Weekend Registration

Information for the 2023 ceremony will be announced at a later date. 

Name Pronunciation

To ensure your name is pronounced correctly during the Commencement ceremony, you may record your name in MarchingOrder when you register to attend commencement. MarchingOrder invitations will be sent to eligible students prior to the ceremony. If you have applied to graduate and do not receive an email, email the degree auditors at

Graduation Announcements

You may order graduation announcements and class rings from Jostens .


A photographer from GradImages will be at your ceremony to take a candid photograph of you at your special moment of recognition.

  • You will receive a free passport-sized digital proof of this photo on an order card within 5-7 days following the ceremony.
  • Questions? Send email to
  • After the ceremony you may order online or call 800-261-2576.
  • Since photographs will be available, we encourage family members and guests to remain in their seats, relax, and enjoy the ceremony.
  • Before the ceremony: To preregister your permanent email address, visit and select "Pre-Event Registration." You may add contact information for up to six additional relatives and or friends.

GradImages never has and never will sell or share the contact information (postal address or email) provided to us to any other vendor.


You may order flowers through Carlyle Shop:
Carlyle Shop
17 W. College St.

Cap and Gown

You may order academic regalia from:

Caps and gowns are not required to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

Meal and Event Registrations

Registration is required for certain meals and events. More information will be available in the spring of 2023. Please reach out to the Office of Alumni Engagement at or 440-775-8692 if you have questions or need further information.

Graduating students are required to register for these events using the "Graduates" track during the registration process. When they register, students may request a complimentary ticket to the family social and can purchase tickets to other events that may require a registration fee.

Parents and guests of graduating students are required to register for these events using the "Parents/Family Members of Graduating Seniors" track. When they register, parents and guests may purchase tickets to all events, including the Family Social and other Commencement Weekend events.

Family Lodging and Accommodations

You can find a list of hotels near campus on the accommodations page linked below. Please note: the Hotel at Oberlin is currently full and will be unavailable.

Local Accommodations


Commencement Exercises

Graduating seniors and mid-year graduates who have registered to walk in Commencement via Marching Order will receive email communications with additional instructions for the morning of the Ceremony (e.g., check-in time, line-up instructions, etc.).

Contact Information 

Direct your questions about reunion registration and events to:
Oberlin College Office of Alumni Engagement

Direct your questions about the Commencement ceremony to:
Office of the Secretary