Congratulations Class of 2013!
Despite the weather on Memorial Day, Commencement/Reunion Weekend 2013 was a resounding success. The mood was upbeat, the events were wonderful, and the music, as always, was spectacular. Many, many thanks to all the staff, faculty, students, parents, families, and alumni who contributed to making our graduation ceremonies and reunions so great.
I especially enjoyed getting to know members of the classes of 1963 and 1988, which held their respective 50th and 25th reunions. Both are remarkably accomplished and spirited groups of Oberlinians. Four of our honorary degree recipients, Norma Percy, David Evans, Larry Squire, and Bill Robinson, are members of the Class of 1963.
I don’t believe any other liberal arts college in this country had such an amazing gathering of academic, intellectual, artistic, musical, and spiritual brilliance at their graduation ceremonies. That testifies to Oberlin’s enduring greatness.
To the Class of 2013, and all those who attended our Commencement on Monday morning, I am sorry the inclement weather prevented me from delivering the remarks I prepared for you. We’ve posted them on Oberlin OnCampus so those who wish to read them can do so.
Thanks again to everyone who worked so hard to make the weekend a success. And—one more time—congratulations Class of 2013! Stay in touch, and know that you are always welcome in Oberlin. I wish you all the best!
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