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Commencement 1970

Jesse Jackson addressing the Class of 1970. He received an honorary degree.

Click here to see a copy of Jesse Jackson's Commencement Speech!

Master’s and bachelor’s degree candidates during the 1970 commencement.

Interested in the history of the cap and gown tradition and how it was changed by Oberlin's Class of 1970? Click here for an article - the Class of 1970 appears on page 7 of Academic Regalia at Oberlin: The Establishment and Dissolution of a Tradition by: S.E. Plank, Oberlin College.

Jesse Jackson (front and center) in procession wearing his honorary degree medallion after the 1970 commencement exercises.

Curious to see the program from our actual graduation day? Click on the following link to review the Class of 1970 Commencement Program from Monday, May 25, 1970.

Stewart I. Edelstein, wearing an armband, receives his diploma from President Robert Carr. Speaker and honorary degree recipient Jesse Jackson is seated far left.