Thank you to those who took the graduation celebration survey we shared in January. Your feedback is shaping the celebration, and we are happy to announce that we will be holding an in-person graduation celebration on May 15, 2022 at Macalester College for the class of 2020 and 2021. We are so excited to welcome you back and look forward to celebrating your accomplishments in community!
- The graduation celebration will take place at 10am outside in the Macalester Stadium (or inside the Leonard Center Fieldhouse in case of inclement weather).
- As graduates of the Class of 2020 and 2021, you are encouraged to attend and will be seated together.
- Family, friends and the greater Macalester Community are invited to attend as well. While we will promote the event to faculty and staff, please feel free to reach out to faculty and staff and personally invite those they hope to join them for the event.
- During the event, participating graduates’ names will be read as they cross the stage and receive a diploma case. A professional photo will be taken of each graduate as they cross the stage.
- Regalia is encouraged, but not mandatory. Graduates can order their cap and gown via the Herff Jones order form that will be shared in the registration email. Rented robes must be returned to the Highlander Store immediately following after the ceremony. Graduates are encouraged to bring and wear their stoles and cords previously shipped to them.
- The graduation celebration will be livestreamed for classmates, friends, family and members of the Mac community unable to attend in person.
- Immediately following the celebration, we will hold time and nearby space for casual gatherings of each class and community members.
Macalester’s Alumni Engagement team will host a casual gathering on Saturday, May 14 in the afternoon/evening, more details will be provided in the April registration email.
We are unable to provide financial support for travel to and from the Twin Cities for this event. However, we are holding courtesy blocks of rooms with discounted rates at several local hotels for the weekend of May 15, 2022.
Public Health Guidance
By registering to attend the in-person portion of the graduation celebration, you agree to adhere to local and campus public health guidelines at the time of the event.
- Registration will be necessary to attend this event, both as a guest and as a graduate. Registration will open in early April, and you will receive an email containing additional details at that time. These details also will be posted on the Commencement website.
- We encourage you to reach out to faculty and staff with whom you connected during your time at Mac, and let them know if you will be attending the celebration.
Class of 2020 Sweatshirt
If you did not get a chance to get your Class of 2020 sweatshirt, we would be more than happy to mail you one! We do not have any smalls, but do have medium, large, XL, 2XL, and 3XL available. Please email the Alumni Office at email@example.com to request your free sweatshirt.
Every year, new students come to Macalester to learn, to grow, to transform. In 2016, you entered Macalester anticipating the life that you may soon lead. Years later, you left Macalester not knowing where future roads may lead you. For some, the greatest thing about college are the years you take to prepare yourself for the real world. But that’s not the total truth. Your journey’s at Macalester were inextricably linked with the realities of the world. What you’ve learned — global inequities, privilege, racism, sexism, wealth and language barriers, classism — are all issues you took on inside and outside the classroom.
Let’s be real: you all grew much sooner than we intended. For some of you, you left for Spring Break and never came back. For others, you anticipated walking across the stage, a milestone to cap your academic journeys at Macalester. And while your time at Macalester was bookended with two pivotal events in the world: the 2016 election, and the 2020 pandemic, know that you are not alone. Fifty years ago, the class of 1970 underwent an equally challenging time. As anti war sentiments and student political activism grew, so too did Macaester’s identity. A national counterculture movement reinvented itself to fit Macalester’s own values and ideals — a theme that would be sustained by your willingness to address our world’s greatest challenges — even those here at Macalester.
You see, Macalester has never been a stagnant institution. Much like the Paradox of Theseus’ ship, it has changed year after year. It’s the students that come and go, giving new life to this place. Every student carries with them their own history — their own story — each contributing to the shared identity that is Macalester. Macalester is not just an institution; Macalester is a collection of people that have come together in profound time and place. You all came here at a time of immense turmoil, both domestic and abroad. And yet, you all rose up to the challenge. In the words of your commencement speaker, Professor Marlon James, “If you’re leaving Macalester a completely different person than you came, then good. It means you’ve already done the hard part. Now go out and do the rest.”
And while Macalester may change over the years, some things will remain the same. We still celebrate with bagpipes, we still paint the rock, and we still have memories of Dear Old Macalester. As you embark on your various paths in life, know that you can always return to this place — this home. To the 467 students that make up the Class of 2020, thank you. You all have made Macalester a truly special place.
One of the major benefits of attending a school like Macalester is a lifelong connection to a tight-knit alumni community that wants to help – and especially wants to help your class. All you need to do is ask. Here are a few ways to connect with the larger alumni community.
Mac Direct is the online alumni directory accessible only by members of the Macalester community.
- Update your contact information. This will help us stay in touch with you, send information about events and other opportunities to connect in your area, and also help other alumni find you. Our information is only as good as what is shared with us by alumni.
- Use the search function. You can search for alumni based on location, industry, employer, occupation, major, student activities, and more. Try searching for alumni with your major who work in a field in which you’re interested, or alumni in your city.
- Find Career Helpers. Over 1,500 alumni have raised their hands in MacDirect to be a Career Helper – meaning that they want other alumni to reach out to them for networking, advice, and insights. You can filter results in MacDirect to include only Career Helpers, and you’ll know that every alum who shows up is waiting to hear from you.
- Reach out. The main complaint we hear from Career Helpers is that no one has reached out to them! They want to help. Please don’t be shy about sending an email or message in MacDirect and asking for an informational interview.
yMac, or young Macalester Alumni Connect, is a vibrant alumni-driven Facebook group with over 3,900 members and an average of 30 posts a month. Young alumni – defined as those who graduated in the past ten years – use this space to share information about jobs, housing, grad school, and more. The yMac steering committee, a group of young alumni volunteers who span class years and the nation, organize ongoing engagement, events, and connections for young alumni.
- yMac has also organized in person and virtual gatherings for young alumni. Those are currently paused, but will be returning in the future. Please make sure we have your correct email and street address in order to send the appropriate invitations!
Alumni chapters are volunteer-driven committees who plan and organize connections based on location. We currently have active chapters in Boston, Chicago, Colorado, Cyprus, Los Angeles, London, New Orleans, New York City, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC. Chapters traditionally organize annual Mac in Your City gatherings, which are held around the world (and online) in the fall.
There are also alumni networks based on shared identities: the Alumni of Color Collective, Scots Pride (LGBTQIA+ alumni), and I’m First @Mac (first gen graduates).
Come back for Reunion
All alumni are invited back for Reunion, June 2-5, 2022, and we’re already planning to create some specific spaces for the Class of 2020 to connect with each other and with the college! 2020 alumni are also invited to join the Reunion Programming Board, which will be planning four programs during Reunion for all class years. You can find more Reunion information here.
Access Free Alumni Resources
The college provides the following resources for graduates for free.
- Career Exploration Services – for your first five years out, Mac alumni can receive comprehensive services from Career Exploration, including appointments with career counselors, resume reviews, job search assistance, and access to Handshake, the career services platform.
- JSTOR Access – JSTOR is the largest archival collection of scholarly journals. With over 1,000 journals it is considered an important resource for academics. JSTOR covers most subjects, and includes materials from as far back as the 1700s. While JSTOR primarily provides access to archival journal content, you will have access to current content for a limited number of titles. For most journals, however, the embargo is five years. Please note that you must access JSTOR via MacDirect in order to be recognized as an authorized user.
- Project Muse – Project Muse provides full-text and archival journal articles in the humanities and social sciences. Coverage includes literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics and more. Please note that you must access Project Muse via MacDirect in order to be recognized as an authorized user.
- Free Auditing of Mac Courses – Macalester graduates may register for courses for credit during the registration period at the beginning of each term. Permission of the instructor is required to register for each course. Registration information and class schedules are available through the Registrar’s Office.
Do you have ideas on specific activities, programs, or resources that Alumni Engagement could provide for your class? Feel free to share your feedback with our staff. We may not be able to bring every idea to life, but we are always open to suggestions.