Event Series

Commencement Celebrations Calendar

Oberlin is planning a weekend of celebrations for the Class of 2024, culminating with Commencement on Monday, May 27.

Please note that some meals and performances require tickets and/or advance registration. Events will be added to this calendar throughout the spring, so check back often.

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Past Events

Unity Celebration

Thursday, May 23, 2024
10:00 am to 11:30 am EDT
John W. Heisman Field House
Unity Celebration is a ceremony to celebrate those of racially and ethnically underrepresented identities. This celebration strives to provide a sense of community by bringing our diverse student...

Class of 2024 Senior Garden Party

Thursday, May 23, 2024
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
President’s House
Join President Carmen Twillie Ambar and the Office of Alumni Engagement & Annual Giving for a Garden Party at the president's house. There will be brunch-style finger foods, and mimosas to...

Lavender Graduation

Thursday, May 23, 2024
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
John W. Heisman Field House
Lavender Graduation is a tradition at Oberlin College and Conservatory, which celebrates the accomplishments of LGBTQ+ graduates as they finish their time here on campus.

Archives Reunion Exhibit

Friday, May 24, 2024
9:00 am to 4:30 am EDT
Mudd Center, Seeley G.
Archives Reunion Exhibit (Classes of 1974 and 1999)

Self-Guided Tour: Oberlin Origins

Friday, May 24, 2024
10:00 am to 3:00 pm EDT
Oberlin Heritage Center
Oberlin Heritage Center's Monroe House (73 ½ South Professor street - south side of Conservatory parking lot/behind the Kohl building) Move at your own pace through the 1866 Monroe House,...

Letterpress Open House

Friday, May 24, 2024
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Mudd Center, Seeley G.
Letterpress Open House. Come pull your own commencement broadside and learn more about the vibrant community of letterpress folks at Oberlin.

Guided Tour of Jewett House

Friday, May 24, 2024
2:00 pm to 2:45 pm EDT
Oberlin Heritage Center Jewett House (73 South Professor street)
Learn about Frank Fanning Jewett, Sarah Frances Gulick Jewett, Charles Martin Hall, the Aluminum Reduction Process, and life in Oberlin during the Progressive Era on this 45-minute guided tour of the...

A Toast to Mudd at 50

Friday, May 24, 2024
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm EDT
Mudd Center, Seeley G.
Happy Birthday to the Library in Mudd Center! Champagne toast at 4:30 to celebrate our beautiful brutalist gem and 50 years of superlative library service! All welcome.

East Asian Studies Open House

Friday, May 24, 2024
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm EDT
Peters Hall
An open house hosted by the East Asian Studies Department faculty and staff.

Tour: Scholars & Settlers History Walk

Friday, May 24, 2024
4:00 pm to 5:15 pm EDT
Oberlin Heritage Center
Meet at the flagpoles in the southeast corner of Tappan Square, at the intersection of Main (RT. 58) and College Streets . This 75-minute walking tour around Tappan Square explores some of the...

Oberlin Shansi Open House

Friday, May 24, 2024
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm EDT
Shansi House
An open house hosted by Oberlin Shansi.

Oberlin's Acapella Groups Performance

Friday, May 24, 2024
7:30 pm EDT
Finney Chapel
Join Oberlin’s acapella groups: The Obertones, Pitch Please, ‘Round Midnight, The Acapelicans, and Nothing but Treble for an afternoon of fun music, filled with pop, classics, and even a...

The Grand Piano Extravaganza

Friday, May 24, 2024
8:00 pm EDT
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 Oberlin tradition features performances by faculty, staff, and graduating seniors...

Self-Guided Tour: Oberlin Origins

Saturday, May 25, 2024
10:00 am to 3:00 pm EDT
Oberlin Heritage Center
Oberlin Heritage Center's Monroe House (73 ½ South Professor street - south side of Conservatory parking lot/behind the Kohl building) Move at your own pace through the 1866 Monroe House,...

Anthropology and Linguistics Open House

Saturday, May 25, 2024
10:30 am to 12:00 pm EDT
King Building
We will be having a combined Open House for ANTH major and minor graduates (and alumni) as well as Linguistics (LING) minor graduates (and alumni)

Tour: Freedom’s Friends History Walk

Saturday, May 25, 2024
10:30 am to 12:00 pm EDT
Oberlin Heritage Center
Meet on the front steps of First Church, corner of Main and Lorain streets (RT. 58 and RT. 511) Prior to the Civil War, as many as 3,000 African Americans passed through or lived in Oberlin after...

Class of 2024 Family Social

Saturday, May 25, 2024
11:30 am to 1:00 pm EDT
John W. Heisman Field House
Enjoy an informal social celebration with graduates, family members, and guests. Light lunch fare and beverages will be served. Please register to attend .

OSCA Alumni Picnic

Saturday, May 25, 2024
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm EDT
Harkness Bowl
OSCA and OSCAlums are excited to cooperatively host the 2024 OSCA Picnic! Join us to collectively honor graduating students and their families, current OSCA members who recreated OSCA after the...

Multifaith Baccalaureate Celebration

Saturday, May 25, 2024
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm EDT
Finney Chapel
Multifaith Chaplaincy & Sustained Dialogue presents one of the signature Commencement weekend events at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25th, in Finney Chapel.

Tour: Architecture History Walk

Saturday, May 25, 2024
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm EDT
Oberlin Heritage Center
Meet at the flagpoles in the southeast corner of Tappan Square, at the intersection of Main (RT. 58) and College Streets . Enjoy a leisurely stroll on this 75-minute tour which explores Oberlin...

TIMARA Open House

Saturday, May 25, 2024
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Bibbins Hall
An open house hosted by the TIMARA Department faculty and staff.

Theater Open House

Saturday, May 25, 2024
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
Irene and Alan Wurtzel Theater
An open house hosted by the Theater Department faculty and staff.

Studio Art & Art History Open House

Saturday, May 25, 2024
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
Richard D. Baron ’64 Art Gallery
An open house hosted by the Studio Art & Art History Departments faculty and staff.

Archives and Friends of the Libraries Rooftop Reception

Saturday, May 25, 2024
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
Mudd Center, Seeley G.
Special for 25/50 Alums, but open for all. An exhibit of Archival materials from your time at Oberlin and a reception on the Terrell Library Sundeck. Sponsored by the Friends of Oberlin Libraries.

Heisman Club Hall of Honor Ceremony

Saturday, May 25, 2024
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm EDT
Jesse Philips Physical Education Center
The Heisman Club Hall of Honor was created as a means to recognize individuals who have helped advance the goals of the athletics and physical education department in the areas of varsity sports,...

Environmental Studies Open House

Saturday, May 25, 2024
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies
Guided tours will be available fro 3-4 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Archives Open House

Saturday, May 25, 2024
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
Mudd Center, Seeley G.
Archives Open House - Reunion Exhibit (Classes of 1974 and 1999)

French and Italian Open House

Saturday, May 25, 2024
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
French House (la Maison Francophone or Bailey House)
An open house hosted by the French and Italian Department faculty and staff.

Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Ceremony

Saturday, May 25, 2024
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Perlik Commons, Science Center
Initiation Ceremony for students being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Families and friends welcome.

Concert: Oberlin Baroque

Saturday, May 25, 2024
4:00 pm EDT
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...

Commencement Recital I

Saturday, May 25, 2024
8:00 pm EDT
Finney Chapel
Webcast Available
Watch the webcast – streamed live at concert time. A performance featuring Conservatory of Music students from the graduating Class of 2024. Program: Jeanne Demessieux Te Deum, Op. 11 William...

Organ Pump: Late Night Music and Antics

Saturday, May 25, 2024
10:30 pm EDT
Finney Chapel
Enjoy a fun-filled musical spectacle! Hilarity guaranteed. Sponsored by the Organ Pump Committee of Oberlin. ----- Pardon Our Dust - Visitor parking nearby Finney Chapel is limited due to...

Shansi Breakfast

Sunday, May 26, 2024
8:30 am to 10:00 am EDT
Stevenson Hall
The Oberlin Shansi team is thrilled to announce that we will be holding an in-person Shansi Breakfast at this year’s Oberlin Commencement and Reunion Weekend on Sunday, May 26, 2024 from 8:30...

Self-Guided Tour: Oberlin Origins

Sunday, May 26, 2024
10:00 am to 3:00 pm EDT
Oberlin Heritage Center
Oberlin Heritage Center's Monroe House (73 ½ South Professor street - south side of Conservatory parking lot/behind the Kohl building) Move at your own pace through the 1866 Monroe House,...

Tour: Architecture History Walk

Sunday, May 26, 2024
10:00 am to 11:15 am EDT
Oberlin Heritage Center
Meet at the flagpoles in the southeast corner of Tappan Square, at the intersection of Main (RT. 58) and College Streets . Enjoy a leisurely stroll on this 75-minute tour which explores Oberlin...

Economics Department Open House

Sunday, May 26, 2024
10:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT
Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies
An open house hosted by the Economics Department faculty and staff. Come and celebrate the day with peers and professors!

Politics Open House

Sunday, May 26, 2024
10:30 am to 12:30 pm EDT
Rice Hall
An open house hosted by the Politics Department faculty and staff.

Cinema and Media Open House

Sunday, May 26, 2024
11:30 am to 1:30 pm EDT
Peters Hall
An open house hosted by the Cinema and Media Department faculty and staff. Come and celebrate the day with peers and professors!

English Department Open House

Sunday, May 26, 2024
11:30 am to 1:30 pm EDT
Peters Hall
An open house hosted by the English Department faculty and staff. Come celebrate with peers and professors!

Papermaking Studio Open House hosted by Aimee Lee '99

Sunday, May 26, 2024
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT
Hales Art Studio
Visit the papermaking studio that Aimee built, a library classroom that supports the Book Studies Program and hosts her Papermaking & Book Art Winter Term class. You can make paper in East Asian...

German Language and Literatures Open House

Sunday, May 26, 2024
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT
German House (Max Kade Haus)
We will celebrate our graduating majors and minors as well as inductees to the German honorary society, Delta Phi Alpha.

Frank Lloyd Wright Open House / Commencement Weekend

Sunday, May 26, 2024
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Weltzheimer/Johnson House
The Weltzheimer/Johnson House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, will be available for a walk-up open house. Presentations on the history of the home will be offered on the half hour. No advance...

Commencement Recital II

Sunday, May 26, 2024
1:00 pm EDT
Finney Chapel
Webcast Available
Watch the webcast – streamed live at concert time. A performance featuring Conservatory of Music students from the graduating Class of 2024. Program: Agata Zubel Trivellazione a percussione (...

Art Library Open House

Sunday, May 26, 2024
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT
Venturi Art Building
An open house hosted by the Libraries Department faculty and staff.

Mathematics Department Open House

Sunday, May 26, 2024
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
King Building
An open house hosted by the Mathematics Department faculty and staff.

Dance Department Open House

Sunday, May 26, 2024
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Warner Center
An open house hosted by the Dance Department faculty and staff. Come and celebrate the day with peers and professors!

Geosciences Department Open House

Sunday, May 26, 2024
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Daub House
An open house hosted by the Geosciences Department faculty and staff. Welcome everyone!

Comparative Literature Open House

Sunday, May 26, 2024
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Spanish House (La Casa Hispánica; Harvey House)
An open house hosted by the Comparative Literature Department faculty and staff.

Hispanic Studies Open House

Sunday, May 26, 2024
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
Spanish House (La Casa Hispánica; Harvey House)
An open house hosted by the Hispanic Studies Department faculty and staff.

Latin American Studies Open House

Sunday, May 26, 2024
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
Spanish House (La Casa Hispánica; Harvey House)
An open house hosted by the Latin American Studies Department faculty and staff.

Chemistry & Biochemistry Open House

Sunday, May 26, 2024
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm EDT
Science Center
An open house hosted by the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department faculty and staff. From 2:45-3:30pm, we will have a short program recognizing each graduating senior.

George Boyer Vashon Tree Dedication

Sunday, May 26, 2024
2:30 pm to 3:00 pm EDT
Memorial Arch
The year 2024 marks the 200th birthday of Oberlin’s first African American graduate, George Boyer Vashon, who became the first Black lawyer in the state of New York and a prominent educator,...

Psychology Open House

Sunday, May 26, 2024
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Severance Hall
An open house hosted by the Psychology Department faculty and staff.

Black Families Appreciation Ceremony and Dinner

Sunday, May 26, 2024
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
Warner Concert Hall
A pre-commencement event created to celebrate the graduation and accomplishments of students of the African diaspora. Kente Cloth stoles will be given to students at the ceremony. The Black Family...

Conservatory Reception

Sunday, May 26, 2024
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
David H. Stull Recital Hall
A celebratory reception congratulating the Class of 2024 and recognizing families and alumni of the conservatory and college music degree programs.

Contact Jam

Sunday, May 26, 2024
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm EDT
Warner Concert Hall
This annual event celebrates the legacy of Oberlin College's seminal involvement with the history of contact improvisation and brings the many generations of Oberlin Contact dancers together in...

TIMARA Open House

Sunday, May 26, 2024
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm EDT
Bibbins Hall
An open house hosted by the TIMARA Department faculty and staff.

OCircus! Commencement Show

Sunday, May 26, 2024
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm EDT
Hales Gymnasium
OCircus! is back with their commencement show - the largest circus show of the year! Join our talented aerialists, acrobats, stilters, and jugglers as they perform an amazing show for you! This event...

Campus Illumination and Social on the Square

Sunday, May 26, 2024
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm EDT
John W. Heisman Field House
Join us for this Oberlin tradition that gathers faculty, alumni, graduates and their families, staff, and community members for an evening of music and fun. This year will feature food trucks, so...

Oberlin College Commencement

Monday, May 27, 2024
9:30 am to 12:30 pm EDT
Tappan Square
We will honor the graduates of the Class of 2024 with a Commencement Ceremony on Tappan Square.