Oberlin’s traditional Parents and Family Weekend is going virtual: Join us October 25-31 for a Parents and Family Virtual Visit—an exciting week of virtual programming.

three people walking on path in fall.
Parents Weekend offers a chance for parents to spend time with their student in their academic home away from home. Photo credit: Yvonne Gay

We know one of the best ways to learn how your student is doing is to visit them. Yet, in the midst of a global pandemic, traveling at this time is not advisable. Through our Parents and Family Virtual Visit, we’ve put together a series of virtual programs that you can experience along with your student.

The Virtual Family Visit will feature a fireside chat with President Carmen Twille Ambar; conservatory student recitals; dramatic readings from the course Playwrighting in the Time of Black Lives Matter; and several workshops. This year’s President's Lecture will be given by Oberlin Conservatory Professor of Conducting Timothy Weiss, who also directs the Contemporary Music Ensemble.

concert outdoors with a steel drum band.
OSteel performs outside of the Science Center.
Photo credit: Dale Preston ’83

You’ll also be treated to a performance by Oberlin’s legendary steel drum band, OSteel, which will be livestreamed from Finney Chapel.

We invite you to review the schedule of events and plan to join us at any time during the virtual family visit. Access information and other details are included in the schedule.

Should you have any questions or concerns, send an email to Tina Zwegat at tzwegat@oberlin.edu.

Fireside Chat

President Carmen Twille Ambar
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

Oberlin President Carmen Twille Ambar welcomes parents and families to a virtual gathering from 8-8:30 p.m., Sunday, October 25. Grab a warm beverage of your choice and join the president for a ‘‘Fireside Chat.’’  

Learn about the health and well-being of the campus community, how the campus is functioning during the pandemic, new academic programs and schedules, and the various academic and support resources for students.

Watch beginning at 8 p.m. 


Highlights of Parents and Family Virtual Visit

The weeklong series of events will be livestreamed or presented via Zoom. 

Sunday, October 25  

Conservatory of Music students will give a series of junior and senior recitals at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. A junior recital featuring Jane Vourlekis on the viola will kick off these four performances. Watch the livestreamed performances from Kulas Recital Hall.

Join President Carmen Twille Ambar at 8 p.m. for a Fireside Chat. Get the latest information on how the campus community is handling—and thriving safely—during this challenging period.

Monday, October 26

Join our student trainers (members of PRSM) from 7-8 p.m., in a workshop, Consent Essentials Workshops, that explores the meaning of consent and develops skills to incorporate consent into a wide range of situations, not just sex. 

Join students from 8-10 p.m., who will present readings from original works by members of the course, Playwrighting in the Time of Black Lives Matter, taught by Professor of Theater and Africana Studies Caroline Jackson Smith. 

Tuesday, October 27

Step into the virtual shoes of your student in this one-hour session beginning at 8 p.m. Explore firsthand what it is like to learn by examining works of art. ‘‘Art as a Springboard: An Introduction to the Allen Memorial Art Museum’’ will be lead by Hannah Kinney, assistant curator of academic programs at the Allen.

Wednesday, October 28

Hear a presentation at 9 p.m. featuring members from the Office of the Dean of Students. They will lead an hour-long session, ‘‘Helping College Students to Grow and Thrive in a Pandemic,’’ and share the ways Oberlin continues to prioritize student learning and development.

Friday, October 30

Listen in at 7 p.m. for the President’s Lecture with Timothy Weiss, Oberlin Conservatory professor of conducting.

Saturday, October 31

Tune in at 7 p.m. for a performance presented by OSteel, Oberlin’s talented and high-energy steel drum band. The event will be livestreamed from Finney Chapel

For details and access to the online presentations, view the full schedule of events.
Parents and Family Virtual Visit Schedule


Mark Your Calendar

Parents and Family Weekend takes place each fall, whether remotely or on campus. Registration materials and other details will be available in October.

Mark your calendar and plan to join us next year:

  • November 5-7, 2021
  • November 4-6, 2022

Sample the weekend in pictures:
Parents Weekend on Flickr