Relive our Commencement Address by Pete Seeger
We have finally gotten hold of this wonderful audio recording of the songs and lessons Pete bestowed on us that day. The issues he raised are still problems 50 years later.
Our 50th Reunion Class Gift Came in at $7.1 Million
Thank you to everyone who donated. The three combined classes—’70, ’71, and ’72—gave $25 million at our 50th, and have given a total of $39.9 million since graduation. Any donations between now and June 30th will also be counted as part of the 50th reunion gift.
Post Your Reunion Photos
Go to the new gallery "Photos from the Reunion" in the left sidebar and post your pictures.
(It's not too late to create your profile on this website—click “First Time Visitors” for instructions. Once you have a profile you will be able to read other classmates’ profiles and contact them through the site; your real-world contact information will not be visible.)
Videos of Reunion Programs
June 4, 2022: Political Polarization & the Future of Democracy
June 4, 2022: How Can I Make a Difference!? Climate Change & Sustainability
June 5, 2022: Oberlin’s Quest for Social Justice & Racial Equality: The legacy and its lessons. What’s next?
June 5, 2022: Mozart's Requiem Performance at First Church
A Message from our 50th Reunion Committee Chair
The swirl of events and gatherings from the reunion weekend has calmed.
—For those of you who could not attend, we missed you and hope you were able to attend the streamed events. You can find links to recordings of those events elsewhere on this home page.
—For those of us who were able to attend, it was a rich and meaningful time together.
The campus was beautiful,
The days were filled with the music in which Oberlin excels—in Warner Concert Hall, Finney Chapel, First Church, Wilder Bowl, and Tappan Square.
It was wonderful reconnecting with so many of our classmates and those from the Classes of '70 and '71. It was fascinating and a hoot to track the trajectories of post-Oberlin lives. Sure, there were luminaries whose accomplishments we could marvel at, but I most enjoyed following the lives and careers of us (extra-) ordinary Obies whose lives so often reflected that deeply embedded Oberlin mandate of "doing Good, not just Well" with the talents honed here.
Our many Class of '72 events were well organized and meaningful, from the "Civil War to Civil Rights" History Walk, to the private tour of the fabulous Allen Memorial Art Museum, to the events on Politics, Climate Change, and Oberlin's History of Race Relations.
The Memorial Service for our fallen ’72 classmates was around a newly planted flowering tree under a perfect blue sky and was itself memorable and touching.
The food and fellowship were outstanding.
The three classes combined raised a total in Class Gifts of $25 million—WOW!
President Ambar spent an hour discussing the state of the college with us. I hope you get a chance to listen to her remarks.
Finally, the reprise 52 years later of Oberlin’s Mozart's Requiem at the National Cathedral by voices and instruments of alumni (many of whom had performed in D.C.) and current students, in the intimate sanctuary of historic First Church, was a powerful and poignant tribute to our fallen classmates as well as to the tragic losses of so many in Ukraine and to gun violence in our country. It was impossible not to be deeply moved.
Pre- and Post-Reunion Programs
The combined classes of ’70, ’71, and ’72 organized a series of monthly Zoom events that preceded the June reunion and are continuing beyond it. Below are recordings of the events.
Jan '22—The Road to Social Justice Activism: Oberlin and Beyond
Feb '22—bell hooks: unlikely lotus flower
Mar '22—Mental Health in the Time of COVID
Apr '22—The State of Democracy in U.S. Politics
Apr '22—What to Do About Climate Change
May '22—Writers’ Roundtable
May '22—The Underground Railroad New Orleans to Oberlin
Oct '22—Arc of Power: Inside Nancy Pelosi's Speakership 2005–2010
Dec ’22—What’s Next? Criminal Justice, Refugees and Reproductive Rights
Jan ’23—Oberlin: Asia—A Road Well-Travelled
Mar '23—‘Con’ Makers & Players: Obies Who Make and Play Their Own Instruments