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This Week in Photos: Graduation Preparation

May 13, 2021

Yvonne Gay

An outdoor stage.
The stage in Dick Bailey Field.
Photo credit: Yvonne Gay

A stage in Dick Bailey Field with puffs of clouds and a gorgeous blue sky in the background serves as inspiration for this week’s photo series.

Throughout the week of May 9, Dick Bailey Field was transformed into a space for students in the graduating Class of 2021. Workers hoisted speakers, chairs were set 6 feet apart, and bleachers were marked with bright orange tape for physical distancing among guests. In order to keep crowds at low capacity, two ceremonies will be held on May 14. The 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. events will be the first graduations held at the Austin E. Knowlton Athletics Complex and the first ceremonies since the pandemic. 

Here’s a peek at this year’s graduation setup. View more images on Oberlin’s Flickr page.

A man works on speaker wires on a stage.
Speaker setup. Photo credit: Yvonne Gay
A man drives a small forklift.
A forklift picks up pallets. Photo credit: Yvonne Gay
Workers line up chairs on top of flooring.
Workers place flooring and chairs on the field. Photo credit: Yvonne Gay​​​
Rows of chairs in a dome shaped building
Students will be seated in Williams Field House before marching onto the football field. Photo credit: Yvonne Gay
A view of the football field from the bleachers.
A view from the bleachers. Photo credit: Yvonne Gay


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