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 to be eligible to participate in the annual Commencement exercises following that semester.

three students, two in cap and gown celebrate commencement.
Three graduates embrace one another following Commencement exercises on Tappan Square. 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 2019 graduates and their families are invited to participate in all Commencement/Reunion Weekend festivities, including Commencement.

Parent Mailings

Your family members in record with the Academic Advising Resource Center (AARC) will receive Commencement mailings if the graduating student has provided the AARC with address information. If this information was not provided, send an email to and provide the name and address of the parent not listed with the office.

To protect the privacy of the student, our policy requires that the graduating senior must make the request.

Tickets and family housing keys may be picked up at the Commencement/Reunion Welcome Center in the Dewy Ward ’34 Alumni Center, Suite 4. Updated information regarding tickets and housing will be available in mid-March.

Common FAQs

For event details and common FAQs, review the powerpoint titled Understanding Oberlin’s Commencement/Reunion Weekend.

2019 Commencement/Reunion Weekend Highlight booklet

Checklist for Commencement/Reunion Weekend

Commencement/Reunion Weekend Registration

Parents and family members can register for events, housing, and meals beginning in mid-March. 

Name Pronunciation

To ensure your name is pronounced correctly during the Commencement ceremony, an email will be sent to you directly from NameCoach. The software will permit you to speak your name to ensure accurate pronunciation. If you do not receive an email by April 20, please contact Brittany Skolnicki.

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

Caps and gowns are not required. Should you choose to wear a cap and gown, you may order academic regalia from:

Meal Tickets

Registration for meal tickets will be available online in mid-March. Graduating seniors will use their OCID for access to Stevenson Dining Hall. Mid-year graduates will receive a temporary ID card for the same purpose upon arrival.

If you are planning to attend any of the special event meals during Commencement/Reunion Weekend, use the "Graduating Student" registration link as described above to reserve your meal tickets. These meal tickets are free for graduating seniors and are limited to one ticket per student.

Tickets for family and friends must be purchased separately using the “Parent and Family Member” registration form. Please only request tickets for events you plan to attend to ensure enough space for all interested students.

You may pick up meal tickets at the Commencement/Reunion Welcome Center in the Dewy Ward ’34 Alumni Center, 65 E. College St., Suite 4. Updated information will be available in mid-March. If you have further questions about special meal tickets, send email to or call 440-775-8692.

Graduating Senior Housing

Graduating seniors will be able to stay in their assigned housing throughout Senior Week and Commencement activities. If you are in residence during the spring 2020 semester and already have housing on- or off-campus, do not request housing on the registration form. You will remain in your current room, village house, or off-campus house.

Students are expected to check out of housing by 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, the day after Commencement. If you have further questions about housing or the checkout process, send email to or call 440-775-8472.

Mid-year Graduate Housing

The registration site will be available by mid-March. Students who graduated in December and are eligible to return to campus for Senior Week and Commencement/Reunion Weekend activities are housed in Zechiel Hall. Indicate your need for housing on the Graduate Registration form.

Students can pick up keys and a temporary ID card in the Office of Residential Education, Stevenson Hall - Griswold Commons from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 19. If arriving after 5 p.m., pick up keys and ID cards from the Office of Safety and Security.

If you have further questions, send email to or call 440-775-8692.

Family Housing

Parents and families requesting to stay in residence halls must complete the “Parents and Family Members” registration type, which may be found under Commencement/Reunion Weekend Registration above in mid-March. You also may refer to the list of regional motels and local accommodations:

Local Accommodations

Entertainment Tickets

The registration site will be available by mid-March. Graduating students are not provided with complimentary entertainment tickets.

Commencement Exercises

In May, graduating seniors and mid-year graduates can expect to receive a letter from the Office of the Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary with processing instructions.

Contact Information 

Direct your questions about reunion registration, meals, events, housing to:
Oberlin College Office of Alumni Relations

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