Macalester at 150 Years
This year at Macalester College, we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of our founding. Throughout the year, we’re reflecting on our history, who we are today, and where we’re headed as we implement our new strategic plan.
As we mark 150 years since the college’s founding in 1874, we’re delighted to announce plans for a year of reflection, celebration, and joy—and you’re invited.
Throughout 2024, we’ll honor defining moments in the college’s history, and the many people over generations who have nurtured Macalester.
Join President Suzanne M. Rivera with members of the Macalester community as they reflect on moments of transformation, struggle, and joy while exploring our past and building toward the future in this limited series, Imagine.
Imagine: Academic Distinction
Reconnect with how Macalester stands out from other learning institutions with its deep academia that is taught through a change-maker lens – and the impact that makes on students’ lives and all of our futures.
Learn about the many ways that students, faculty, staff, and alumni are integrated in sustainability work and how that impacts the world around us.
Learn about how we have strived to provide access to diverse students throughout the years, how this has influenced lives, and how we are addressing the recent Supreme Court Decision.
Learn about some of the inequity issues that Macalester students are working on now, along with stories of how the Macalester experience spurred lives of community activism that have changed the world.
Founding Day: A Sesquicentennial Celebration
February 29-March 1
Join us for a celebration of Macalester College’s rich history and vibrant community during Founding Day 2024, a highlight of our Sesquicentennial Celebration. This day promises a unique blend of tradition, talent, and community, offering a variety of events to commemorate our past and showcase the remarkable talents of our students.
Macalester Day at the Loons
Allianz Field, St. Paul
Plan to come back to Macalester and connect with Mac friends old and new, learn from world-class faculty and staff, reignite your passion to transform the world, and have a ton of fun. In celebration of our 150th, we’ll be introducing a special beer and seltzer in collaboration with Dual Citizen. We’ll also have a special performance by the Sounds of Blackness.
Scottish Fair and Highland Games
Back for one year on Macalester’s campus, the Scottish Fair and Highland Games will be held on July 13. Information, including how to purchase tickets, will be available soon.
Join us for a celebration of all things Macalester. Sporting events, music performances, a research fair, and chance to reconnect with others are all part of this weekend event. We’ll welcome our 2024 inductees to the Athletics Hall of Fame, and a new member will also be joining our community: Macalester’s new mascot.
Scotland Heritage Trip and World Pipeband Championships
Join us on this exclusive, custom-designed, luxurious tour in Scotland, celebrating Macalester’s 150th anniversary! Learn more about the trip.
The World Pipeband Championships will be held August 16-17 in Glasgow. Learn more about the competition.
Thank you for joining us
Imagine: Global Engagement
Join in a discussion about how Macalester’s global focus helped shape worldviews, and explore what it looks like to prepare students to be global leaders.
1874: Founded in 1874 on Dakota Land, Macalester opened in 1885 with five professors, six first-year students and fifty-two prep students. The college hoped to provide a rigorous education for people in the area. That area has expanded to represent students from over 100 countries.
Heritage Trips to Scotland
Macalester alumni and friends are invited to join two special heritage trips to Scotland in August 2024. Both itineraries will end at the World Pipe Band Championships to cheer on Macalester’s own pipe band.