Commencement ceremonies included an academic procession led by the Macalester Pipe Band, flag bearers representing 46 countries of the 66 graduating international seniors plus the U.S. and U.N. flags, faculty in academic robes and the 534 seniors.
Lawyer, author and legal expert Jeffrey Toobin, a senior analyst for CNN Worldwide and a staff writer at The New Yorker, delivered the commencement speech for the 2013 Macalester College graduation ceremony. Abas Noor was the senior class speaker. Noor, born in Somalia and raised in New Hope, Minn., was a biology/biochemistry major and chemistry minor, with a community and global health concentration.
This year’s honorary degree recipient, Janet Beckmann, has published two books on nursing malpractice and was dean of the University of Alabama–Huntsville’s School of Nursing before working as a consultant in the field to advance health care quality. She earned a master’s degree in nursing from Emory University and a doctorate in education and physiology from the University of Washington. In addition to Beckmann’s contributions to the nursing field, she has generously supported Macalester’s mission and core values by setting up two endowed funds in honor of her parents.