Meet the 2023 Student Commencement Speaker

May 11, 2023

Office of Communications

Head shot of 2023 student commencement speaker Sadie Owens

Oberlin College will celebrate the Class of 2023 on Monday, May 22 with a commencement ceremony on Tappan Square beginning at 9:30 a.m. Sadie Owens ’23, a politics major, was selected by the Commencement Class Speaker Search Committee to address the graduating class. For more information about commencement activities visit the commencement page.



Sadie Owens ’23 is a politics major from Canton, Ohio, with minors in educational studies, writing and communications, and philosophy.

Sadie has served as an advocate for all students through her passion for mentoring students with their adjustment to college.  As a Peer Advising Leader, Sophomore Opportunities and Resources mentor, and Bonner Scholars senior intern, Sadie has been committed to the student experience by helping them navigate campus resources and educational opportunities. 

Additional campus leadership engagement includes serving as the president of Pitch Please, working as a Resource Generation College Organizing Fellow, and participating on the Dean of Students Advisory Board. 

Always thriving in collaborative and conversational environments, Sadie also serves as a course writing associate, where she partners with faculty and assists with writing pedagogy in a discipline-specific setting. 

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