These rows and rows of white folding chairs placed strategically throughout Tappan Square will soon be occupied when Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music graduates and their families take their seat for the annual Commencement ceremony. Setup for this annual occasion—a bookend to Commencement/Reunion Weekend—starts several days in advance, as college facilities and grounds crew work to beautify and secure the campus.
First Lady Michelle Obama will be among the 4,000 anticipated visitors during the four-day celebration. She will give remarks during Commencement to salute the college’s participation in her Reach Higher Initiative, an effort to encourage more students to continue their education post high school.
Photograph by Greg Pendolino
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35 miles west of Cleveland
Nearest Airport: CLE
9% in-state, 84% out-of-state,
7% from abroad
and 40+ theater & dance
productions every year
Oberlin graduates go on to earn
than alumni of other undergraduate colleges
Steinway grand pianos,
1,500 instruments of highest quality
in grants awarded to
students each year