Apple executive Lisa Jackson will be the Oberlin College Commencement speaker for ceremonies honoring the Class of 2019.

Oberlin College Commencement exercises will take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, at which time College of Arts and Sciences and Oberlin Conservatory graduates will receive degrees. The annual ceremony will get under way at 9:30 a.m.

A faculty-led processional will make its way onto Tappan Square, where parents, family members, and other guests will celebrate the Class of 2019.

Lisa Jackson
Lisa Jackson
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The keynote speaker will be Lisa Jackson, vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives at Apple, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. The college will also present honorary degrees to scientific investigator Joanne Chory, and broadcast journalist Robert Krulwich. 

In addition to Commencement, the college will welcome the return of hundreds of alumni for class reunions and special events as part of Commencement/Reunion Weekend, May 24-27. This three-day celebration represents the bookend event of the academic year.

Families, alumni, and other guests can expect Commencement/Reunion Weekend to maintain such long-standing traditions as the Baccalaureate Celebration and Illumination, and more recent traditions such as the Oberlin Steel band concert, a performance by OCircus, and some quirky Oberlin-style outfitting for the academic procession.

Honorary Degree Recipients

Oberlin College will present honorary degrees to scientific investigator Joanne Chory and broadcast journalist Robert Krulwich.

Joanne Chory
Joanne Chory
Photo credit: Joe Belcovson


Photo of Christoph Wolff
Robert Krulwich
Photo credit: Sara Krulwich


Read about the speaker and honorary degree recipients

Baccalaureate Ceremony and Keynote