Illumination event on Tappan Square

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.

Experience Oberlin College Commencement

Past Events

Oberlin Overture

Friday, May 25, 2018
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Clonick Hall

A welcome gathering for all weekend attendees, including music and conversation. Celebrate the myriad ways “Oberlin” interacts with the world. Participants exemplify the weekend’s...

Champagne Social for Alumni and Graduating Seniors

Friday, May 25, 2018
6:30 pm
Wilder Bowl

Enjoy plenty of food under the Big Top in an interactive and intergenerational setting, toast the Class of 2018 as we welcome them into the Alumni Association, celebrate the alumni community, and...

The Grand Piano Extravaganza

Friday, May 25, 2018
8:30 pm
Warner Concert Hall
Webcast Available

Watch the webcast! This event will be streamed live at the time of the event. How many pianos can we get on stage? This not-to-be missed annual event featuring Conservatory of Music piano faculty...

Oberlin College Admissions 101 Program

Saturday, May 26, 2018
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Clyde S. McGregor ’74 Office of Admissions

College Admissions 101 is a half-day seminar designed to introduce rising 9th-12th graders to the selective college application process. The program is open to the children of Oberlin College alumni...

Economics of Medicare: Who’s Willing to Pay?

Saturday, May 26, 2018
9:00 am to 10:30 am
Science Center

A public forum moderated by Don Barr ’68, Susan Gardner ’68, and Gideon Schein ’68. Sponsored by the 50th reunion class of 1968. All are welcome...

Seeds on Ice: Biodiversity and the Global Seed Vault

Saturday, May 26, 2018
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Nancy Schrom Dye Lecture Hall

In the context of climate change and a global water crisis, ensuring food security for a growing population is one of the most difficult and critical challenges of our time. The loss of crop...

Koreo Hip-Hop Dance Performance

Saturday, May 26, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Wilder Hall

Koreo is a co-ed hip-hop fusion dance troupe featuring student-choreographed performances. Its mission is to be a source of artistic expression and learning through dance, while always seeking to...

Oberlin Theater Showcase

Saturday, May 26, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Kander Theater

This special program features selections from student theater performances of 2017-18. The showcase will include a tour of the renovated Hall Annex and a presentation about the new Eric Baker Nord...

Commencement Recital I

Saturday, May 26, 2018
8:00 pm
Finney Chapel
Webcast Available

Watch the webcast! This event will be streamed live at the time of the event. A performance featuring Conservatory of Music students from the graduating class of 2018. Program: Sixiéme...

Oberlin Swing Society Dance

Saturday, May 26, 2018
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Hales Gymnasium

Try your hand (and feet) at swinging the night away! Beginner swing lesson taught from 8:00-9:00 p.m. Dance to recorded music from 9:00 p.m.-midnight. Come to learn, dance, or just watch — you...

Organ Pump: Late Night Music and Antics

Saturday, May 26, 2018
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.

Crimson and Gold Convocation and Presidential Address

Sunday, May 27, 2018
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Finney Chapel

A special Commencement/Reunion Weekend Convocation featuring President Carmen Twillie Ambar’s first State of the College address; the announcement of reunion class gift totals; the presentation...

Multifaith Baccalaureate Celebration

Sunday, May 27, 2018
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Finney Chapel

A multifaith celebration with blessings and reflections in honor of the Class of 2018, alumni, families, and friends, including musical tributes by conservatory musicians. Due to the death of a...

Social on the Square

Sunday, May 27, 2018
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Tappan Square

This old-fashioned ice cream social has become a mainstay of Illumination night. Fruit and cream pie, cheesecake, local ice cream by TOFT'S, mini spring cakes, gourmet cookies, and assorted...

Commencement Recital II

Sunday, May 27, 2018
8:00 pm
Finney Chapel
Webcast Available

Watch the webcast! This event will be streamed live at the time of the event. A performance featuring Conservatory of Music students from the graduating class of 2018. Program: Suite from Phaë...

Campus Illumination and Commencement Concert

Sunday, May 27, 2018
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...