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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 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

Gowns, Caps, Graduation Announcements and Keepsake Items

Orders for a gown, cap and tassel will be available through the Herff Jones website, to be set up around January 1, 2022. We will link that site here when it becomes available. This site will also offer graduation announcements and a number of other keepsake items. Watch for more information soon!


Plans are in the works developing the ticketing process for 2022 Commencement. More information will be shared once details are known.

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.