Oberlin College students, their families, and others took seats in the grassy tree-lined area of Tappan Square and listened as Commencement speaker Jessye Norman, a legendary operatic soprano, encouraged the 668 graduates to strive to live artfully.
“Art brings us together as a family because it is an individual expression of universal human experience. It comes from that part of us that is without fear, prejudice, malice, or any of the other things that we create in order to separate ourselves one from the other,” she said. “Art makes each of us whole by insisting that we use all of our senses, our heads, and our hearts.”
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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