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Information for Graduates

Commencement Eligibility

All December and January Graduates, May candidates, and other candidates who are within eight credits of completing all requirements, assuming successful completion of spring courses, are eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony.  If you have questions about your eligibility or requirements to graduate please contact the Registrar’s Office at [email protected]. Eligible Graduates choosing to participate in the December graduation celebration will receive information around the end of October each year.

What do I need to know?

More information and deadline dates on tasks to take care of before Commencement can be found on the Graduation Checklist page. If you have questions, please reach out to the individual department/office, or email [email protected].

Gowns, Caps, Graduation Announcements and Keepsake Items

Orders for a rental gown, cap and tassel can be made through the Herff Jones ordering website by the April 1, 2023 deadline. No orders can be accepted via the order site after April 1, 2023. The Highlander bookstore can assist with information if you were not able to order your regalia by the April 1 deadline. This site will also offer graduation announcements and a number of other keepsake items if you are interested. Note, that your rental gown will need to be returned after the ceremony, but the cap and tassel are yours to keep. Gown return will be held directly after the Commencement ceremony at the Leonard Center Portico (Scotty’s if raining). Please be sure to turn your gown in so your card is not charged additional fees.


Commencement is a ticketed event. If you or a guest require accessible seating or specific accommodations, please complete this FORM.

Senior Class Gift

Macalester’s annual Senior Class Gift campaign is led by a committee of students supported by staff in the Macalester Fund office. The campaign is a longstanding tradition and encourages all seniors to give a gift to begin a lifetime of giving back in celebration of their graduation.

Zero Waste Picnic and Continental Breakfast

Complimentary meals are planned for the campus during Commencement week. There is no cost to attend. Please REGISTER HERE if you plan to attend.

Zero Waste Picnic on Friday, May 12, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Café Mac

Continental Breakfast on Saturday, May 13, from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Café Mac