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2022 Graduation Checklist

Before Commencement

Here is a check-list with dates to use as you plan for 2022 graduation.

  • Now: Check list of hotels with courtesy blocks in place, to reserve lodging for your family and friends attending graduation.
  • March 28, 2022 – May 11, 2022: REGISTER HERE for the free Zero Waste Picnic on Friday, May 13, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and the free Continental Breakfast on Saturday, May 14, from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • Varies: Watch for invites and information for individual academic department receptions. RSVPs may be required to attend.
  • April 15, 2022:  Check your student account status on 1600grand to confirm you are eligible to receive your diploma. Contact Student Accounts with questions at
  • April 29, 2022: Deadline to purchase non-personalized graduation announcements from the The Highlander – The Shop at Macalester bookstore.
  • May 3, 2022: Double-check your student account status on 1600grand for diploma holds to confirm you are eligible to receive your diploma. Contact John Rapos at or Trine Flinn at if you have incomplete loan responsibilities. Contact Student Accounts at with outstanding balance questions.
  • May 9, 2022 – May 13, 2022: Rental gown, cap, tassel orders will be available for pick up all week at The Highlander – The Shop at Macalester.
  • May 9 – 13, 2022: Senior Week! 
  • May 11, 2022: Be sure to complete this FORM, if you or a guest require accessible seating and/or specific accommodations.
  • Early May: check your email for a link to the annual Graduating Senior Survey, which takes 5-7 minutes to complete. The survey enables Career Exploration to better understand your immediate post-graduation plans and to know how to best support those who are still working on their plans.
  • May 12, 2022: Return all library materials or risk having a hold placed on your diploma.
  • May 12, 2022: Return all keys that have been checked out from the Facilities office or risk being charged $30 per key, which puts a hold on your diploma.
  • May 12, 2022 – 10:00AM: Rehearsal in the Leonard Center Fieldhouse
  • May 12, 2022: Class Photo AFTER rehearsal
  • May 13, 2022: Attend Academic Department receptions.

Commencement Day

  • May 14, 2022 – 7:30AM-9:30AM: Commencement Info Table open for information.
  • May 14, 2022 – 9:00 AM – Leonard Center Gymnasium: Line up for procession.
  • May 14, 2022 – 10:00AM: Commencement begins at the Stadium. (Leonard Center Fieldhouse is the rain location.)
  • May 14, 2022 – After Commencement – Leonard Center Portico: Return your rental gown directly after the ceremony, or you will be charged $130. (Scotty’s is the rain location.)

After Commencement

  • May 15, 2022: Move out of residence halls by Noon.
  • May 16, 2022: Update address and contact information with MacDirect to stay in touch with Macalester alumni.
  • October 1, 2022: Review the Graduation Technology Checklist to learn more about when you’ll need to transfer any email, Google Drive documents, contacts, data, etc. before your account is closed.
  • ASAP! Make a 2022 Senior Class Gift contribution!