Information for Graduating Seniors

Who is eligible to walk in Commencement?

All December and January Graduates, May candidates, and other candidates who are within eight credits of completing all requirements, assuming successful completion of spring course, are eligible to walk in the Commencement ceremony.  If you have questions about your eligibility or requirements to graduate please contact the Registrar’s Office at .

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.

Caps and Gowns and Graduation Announcements

Caps and gowns can be ordered online at Herff Jones, Inc .  Order online by March 25, 2019. The charge for cap and gown rental is $30 and the gown must be returned after the ceremony. You may purchase the cap for $6 and you may also order an additional souvenir blue and orange tassel for $5.

After the online order deadline of March 25, 2019, contact the Highlander at 651-696-6688 to place a manual order. All caps, tassels, and rental gowns ordered will be available for pick up at the Highlander starting May 13, 2019. You will be notified when they are available for pick up. If your gown is not returned, your credit card will be charged $120.

Standardized, non-personalized graduation announcements are available for purchase for $20, at the Highlander: The Shop at Macalester. Personalized announcements may be purchased online at Herff Jones, Inc and should be ordered by mid-March.

Commencement Rehearsal and Class Photo

Commencement Rehearsal and Class Photo of the entire graduating class will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 16, 2019. Free downloads of the 2019 class photo will be available at Commencement time.

Want reserved seating at Commencement? How about Reserved seating for your family?

Take the Macalester Senior Survey for a chance to win reserved seating at Commencement for you and your family! You will receive an email with a link to the survey in April 2019.  Winners will be announced in May 2019.  In addition, all seniors who take the survey will receive a coupon for 25% off at the Highlander – The Shop at Macalester.

Once completed and submitted, you will be entered in a drawing for:

  • Your choice of up to 6 reserved seats in the graduate seating area.
  • Reserved VIP seating at Commencement for up to 4 family members.
  • Reimbursement of the Senior Week Registration fee.