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Draft Schedule of Events

What's going to be happening at our reunion? Here's a preliminary schedule, still subject to change. This is the March 30 revision. If you'd like to download a .pdf copy that you can print out, click the symbol at the right.

Do you have a question about a particular event? Do you have a suggestion about what topics it should consider? Share it with your classmates while the schedule is still being refined, perhaps by posting on this Discussion Thread.

We've listed primarily the plans for the Class of 1969, not including the hundreds of activities relating to other classes or to the Commencement/Reunion Weekend in general. Many of those events are listed in the "Information & Highlights" booklet mailed to you in March. Then in May, the college will print the full schedule in a handy "Red Book" and make it available as an app.

Your registration fee will cover most events, including all breakfasts (the only meals we don't have to pay or sign up for).  However, some events are marked with ($) because they'll have an extra charge.

Want additional details? Click the icon when you encounter it. Also, the titles of some of the following items link to their own special pages.


.Wed.   Afternoon  
|Arrive in Cleveland for Pre-Reunion events
(Optional and not officially managed by Oberlin)

.Wed.   6:30 PM  
Please let Carol know if you're planning to attend.


.Thu.   Day  
|Various Events
Museums, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, etc.

.Thu.   Evening  
|More Options
Baseball game, Cleveland Orchestra, or ?


.Fri.   Morning  
|Onward to the Campus!
Pre-Reunion breakfast at hotel and travel to Oberlin

.Fri.   10 AM - 7 PM  
|Welcome Refreshments at Class Headquarters — Kahn Hall
(First official Oberlin Class of 1969 Reunion event)

.Fri.   1:00 - 3:00 PM  
|Class of 1969 Service Project — Oberlin Public Library

.Fri.   3:00 - 4:30 PM  
|Class of 1969 50th Reunion Kickoff Reception — Stull Recital Hall (Conservatory)
Come join all the 69ers in attendance for a kickoff meet-and-greet reception. We'll go through all of what's happening throughout the weekend, have light refreshments as we schmooze with each other, and hope to have a Welcome Back from a special guest! The room is open until 6:00 for those who don't go to the next two events.

.Fri.   4:30 - 6:00 PM  
|Leadership Donor Reception hosted by President Ambar — The Hotel at Oberlin
This event is by invitation only. Alumni who donated $1,833 or more during the current fiscal year or are members of the Charles Martin Hall Society will be invited to a gathering that recognizes their generosity toward Oberlin and its students.The event will be hosted by President Carmen Twillie Ambar and will end promptly at 6:00.

.Fri.   5:00 - 6:00 PM  
|Reunion Choral Sing Rehearsal — Orchestra Room (Conservatory)
In tribute to Robert Fountain's tremendous musical influence on generations of Oberlin students, fellow faculty, and MU townies — and the world community, via annual College Choir tours and recordings — we invite all reunion attendees, parents, and friends to join in singing the Brahms Requiem.

.Fri.   6:30 PM  
|Champagne Social for Alumni and Graduating Seniors — Wilder Bowl ($)
Enjoy plenty of food under the Big Top in an interactive and intergenerational setting, toast the Class of 2019 as you welcome them into the Alumni Association with a special gift, and celebrate the alumni community. Reserved seating has been arranged for members of the Class of 1969 in the Big Top tent.

.Fri.   9:00 PM  
|Class Gathering in Reunion Headquarters Kahn Hall
Join us for an informal gathering of friends in the Kahn Hall Lounge for catching up with classmates or performances by musicians in the class (jazz, folk, etc.) and a sing-along. Light refreshments will be provided for the evening.


.Sat.   7:00 AM  
|Coffee Tea, Light Refreshments — Kahn Hall
|Continental Breakfast — Root Room (Carnegie Building)

.Sat.   8:00 - 9:30 AM  
Get to Know Each Other Again — or for The First Time! 
Samoan Circle(s).

.Sat.   10:00 - 11:30 AM  
|Concurent sessions on various topics suggested and led by classmates, e.g.:
Progressive Activism: What Can We Do Now? 
What's Your Favorite Book (discussion of great or significant books)

.Sat.   12:00 - 1:30 PM  
|Half-Century Club Luncheon — The Hotel at Oberlin ($)
Special event for alumni who have celebrated their 50th reunion. The Class of 1969 will be welcomed into the Half-Century Club. Register for this event early, as it usually sells out quickly!

.Sat.   1:30 - 3:00 PM  
|Get to Know Each Other Again — or for The First Time! (continued)
Table sessions with various questions, e.g.:
"I used to think I was nothing like my Mom, but...."
"What ticks me off about this college, now that time has passed, is...."
"Death doesn't scare me yet, except...."

|Concurent sessions on various topics suggested and led by classmates, e.g.:
How to care about and for family members without getting eaten up in the process
Climate Change and Racism

.Sat.   3:30 - 4:45 PM  
|Reunion Choral Sing — Warner Concert Hall (Conservatory)
The Brahms German Requiem will be sung in memory of Robert Fountain and the losses to our Obie class families.  (***Singers warm up on stage at 3:15 PM.

.Sat.   5:00 PM  
|Class Photo — Severance Hall Steps

.Sat.   6:00 PM  
|Class of 1969 Soiree — Root Room (former Carnegie Library reading room) ($)
Heavy hors d'oeuvres and buffet with beer and time to mingle with classmates.

.Sat.   8:00 PM  
|Class of 1969 Talent/Variety Show — Kulas Recital Hall (Conservatory)
Join us for a variety show that will feature our classmates and their multiple talents — including singing, instrumental music, jazz, poetry, film, storytelling, and feats of strength!


.Sun.   7:00 AM  
| Coffee Tea, Light Refreshments — Kahn Hall
|Continental Breakfast — Root Room (Carnegie Building)

.Sun.   8:00 - 10:00 AM  
• Women's Breakfast Asia House Lounge 
• Men's Breakfast
Asia House Lounge 

.Sun.   8:00 AM  
|Heisman Fun Run Tappan Square

.Sun.   10:30 AM  
|Crimson and Gold Convocation and Presidential Address — Finney Chapel
A special Commencement/Reunion Weekend convocation featuring President Ambar's state-of-the-college address, the announcment of reunion class gift totals, the presentation of three Alumni Association awards, a celebration of the Class of 2019, and an organ recital.

.Sun.   12:00 - 1:30 PM  
|Box Lunch and Ice Cream Social — Kahn Hall Lawn ($)

Sun.   1:30 - 3:00 PM  
Westwood Cemetery Walking Tour 
|Class of 1969 Storytelling Event
Classmates will share a variety of stories, ranging from funny moments to life-changing events. Whether or not you tell one of these tales, you are most welcome to join in as a listener!

|Possible concurent sessions on various topics suggested and led by classmates, e.g.:
What's Your Favorite Book (discussion of great or significant books)
Climate Change and Racism

.Sun.   3:15 - 4:30 PM  
|Class of 1969 Memorial Service — First Church Meeting House
This service of music, readings, quiet time, and the naming of our deceased classmates will provide an opportunity to remember and reflect on the friends we have lost.

.Sun.   4:45 - 5:45 PM  
|Art Museum Tour
Private tour of the Allen Memorial Art Museum for the Class of 1969.

.Sun.   6:00 PM  
|Class of 1969 50th Reunion Dinner — The Hotel at Oberlin ($)
Brian Alegant and Cynthia Frantz, Guest Speakers.

.Sun.   8:00 PM onward   
|Illumination and Social on Tappan Square


.Mon.   7:00 AM  
|Coffee and Tea — Kahn Hall

.Mon.   9:30 AM   
|Academic Procession and Commencement — Tappan Square

.Mon.   12:30 PM  
|Farewell Brunch for the Class of 1969 — Kendal at Oberlin ($)
Transportation will be provided.