Commencement/Reunion Weekend 2018 will be held Friday, May 25th, through Monday, May 28th. 

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 was 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 25-28, 2018:

1952, 1953, 1954 – 65th Cluster Reunion 

1968 – 50th Reunion

1982, 1983, 1984 - 35th Cluster Reunion

1993 – 25th Reunion 

2002, 2003, 2004 – 15th 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.

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


  • When

  • Friday, May 25, 2018 - Monday, May 28, 2018

  • Where

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

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