Event Series

Commencement/Reunion Weekend

Oberlin College’s annual Commencement/Reunion Weekend (CRW) celebrates the accomplishments of new graduates and welcomes alumni back to campus for four days of arts, social, intellectual, and musical events. CRW offers alumni, in particular, a chance to reminisce with former classmates, reconnect with former professors, revisit old haunts, and welcome new graduates to the alumni ranks.

Commencement/Reunion Weekend is perhaps the largest campuswide event of the academic year.

Commencement will not take place on campus this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but plans are under way to celebrate the Class of 2020 and recognize alumni of the institution.

Experience Oberlin College Commencement

Illumination event on Tappan Square

Past Events

Champagne Social for Alumni and Graduating Seniors

Friday, May 24, 2019
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Wilder Bowl
Enjoy plenty of food in an interactive and intergenerational setting, toast the Class of 2019 as we welcome them into the Alumni Association, celebrate the alumni community, and join the fun by...
Wilder Bowl

Documentary: The Foreigner's Home

Friday, May 24, 2019
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Apollo Theatre
Documentary on the intellectual and artistic vision of Toni Morrison. Directed and produced by cinema studies professors Geoff Pingree and Rian Brown-Orso. www.theforeignershome.com
Apollo Theatre

The Grand Piano Extravaganza

Friday, May 24, 2019
8:30 pm
Warner Concert Hall
Webcast Available
Watch the webcast – streamed live at concert time. How many pianos can we get on stage? This not-to-be missed annual event featuring Conservatory of Music piano students and faculty members is...
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Organ Pump: Late Night Music and Antics

Friday, May 24, 2019
11:00 pm to 12:00 am
Finney Chapel
Enjoy a fun-filled musical spectacle! Hilarity guaranteed. Sponsored by the Organ Pump Committee of Oberlin.
Finney Chapel

Torah Study and Discussion

Saturday, May 25, 2019
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Wilder Hall (Student Union)
Presenter: Rabbi Megan Doherty, director of Hillel and Jewish Campus Life, Jewish life affiliate.
Wilder Hall (Student Union) 215

Oberlin Student Cooperative Association (OSCA) Alumni Picnic

Saturday, May 25, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Tank Hall
OSCA alumni, family, and friends are welcome to assist with cooking and cleaning for the event in addition to enjoying the picnic. To be involved, send an e-mail to osca@oberlin.edu. Come and help...
Tank Hall

Oberlin Dance Showcase

Saturday, May 25, 2019
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Warner Center
This special program features selections from student dance performances of 2018-19. All are welcome.
Warner Center

Barefoot Dialogue Student Panel

Saturday, May 25, 2019
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Hallock Auditorium
Barefoot Dialogue is an experiment in human and land relating and belongs in the larger genre of sustained dialogue. Barefoot brings together groups of 12-16 students, who meet twice monthly over...
Hallock Auditorium, Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies

Commencement Recital I

Saturday, May 25, 2019
8:00 pm
Finney Chapel
Webcast Available
Watch the webcast – streamed live at concert time. A performance featuring Conservatory of Music students from the graduating Class of 2019. Program : Daniel Markus ’19: reson Daniel...
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Oberlin Baroque in Concert

Sunday, May 26, 2019
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Fairchild Chapel
Webcast Available
Watch the webcast – streamed live at concert time. The Conservatory of Music, a pioneer and leader in historically informed performance, presents a program of baroque chamber music featuring...
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Social on the Square

Sunday, May 26, 2019
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Tappan Square
This old-fashioned ice cream social has become a mainstay of Illumination night. An assortment of pies as well as locally produced ice cream and assorted beverages provided by Oberlin IGA will be...
Tappan Square

Commencement Recital II

Sunday, May 26, 2019
8:00 pm
Finney Chapel
Webcast Available
Watch the webcast – Streamed live at concert time. A performance featuring Conservatory of Music students from the graduating Class of 2019. Program : Jean-Baptiste Lully: Suite from “Th...
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Campus Illumination and Commencement Concert

Sunday, May 26, 2019
9:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Tappan Square
Tappan Square at its most beautiful, with hundreds of colored Japanese lanterns strung across the green. An Oberlin jazz ensemble will begin performing at 9:30 p.m. Immediately following the jazz...
Tappan Square

Oberlin College Commencement

Monday, May 27, 2019
9:30 am
Tappan Square
Oberlin College Commencement festivities will begin as college and conservatory faculty will walk in procession onto Tappan Square, where parents, family members, and other guests will recognize the...
rows of white chairs on tappan square