Commencement/Reunion Weekend 2017 will be held Friday, May 19th, through Monday, May 22nd. 

In 2012, the Oberlin College faculty approved academic calendar changes.  As a result of these changes, Commencement will not always fall on Memorial Day.  Commencement is now held on the fourth Monday each May.  In some years, such as 2018, that fourth Monday is also Memorial Day.  In other years, such as 2017, Commencement/Reunion Weekend will be held the week prior to Memorial Day Weekend, on May 19-22.

Commencement Exercises will be held Monday morning on Tappan Square, at which time more than 600 students are expected to receive degrees. Throughout the weekend, hundreds of alumni will return to campus to take part in reunion gatherings and attend special events such as panel discussions, historical tours, and concerts.

The following groups are celebrating reunions May 19-22, 2017:

1961, 1962, 1963 – 55th Cluster Reunion 

1967 – 50th Reunion

1976, 1977, 1978 - 40th Cluster Reunion

1992 – 25th Reunion 

1996, 1997, 1998 – 20th Reunion

2011, 2012, 2013 – 5th Cluster Reunion

This year’s Commencement/Reunion Weekend includes long-standing traditions, such as the Campus Illumination, and more recent traditions such as the Oberlin Steel Band concert, OCircus! performance, and some quirky Oberlin-style outfitting for the academic procession.

The Allen Memorial Art Museum marks its centennial in 2017!  To celebrate this landmark occasion, a very artistic CRW has been planned.  We invite you to visit the museum during your time on campus, both to revisit favorite works from the collection and to experience current exhibitions, including two organized in conjunction with noted artist Fred Wilson.  There's a lot to see, including the recently conserved ceiling and clerestory in the museum's King Sculpture Court, which first opened to the public in June 1917. We hope you will join us for a range of commemorative events! 

Thanks to all alumni, parents, and students who are coming out to join us during this festive weekend!




  • When

  • Friday, May 19, 2017 - Monday, May 22, 2017

  • Where

  • Ward Alumni Center
    65 East College Street, Suite 4
    Oberlin, Ohio 44074

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