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Schedule of Events

Please check back regularly for developments on 2022 Commencement week events! We’ve left the 2021 events as a placeholder to see what events were held last year.


2021 Commencement Events

We are only allowing in-person spectators at the Grad Walks. Other celebrations throughout the week of Commencement (like Baccalaureate, Honoring the Journey, etc.) will still be held, but with spectators joining remotely. We’re doing this for two reasons — first to ensure all of our graduates and their guests are able to participate in these celebrations, no matter their physical location, and second, in order to help manage traffic on campus during senior week. 


Visit the Senior Week page for more information on events for graduating seniors!

BIPOC Senior Reflection
Monday, May 10, 2021
12:30 p.m.

BIPOC Senior Reflection. By invitation only; contact Marjorie Trueblood at mtrueblo@macalester.edu for more information.

Lavender Graduation
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
4:00 p.m.

Lavender Graduation. By invitation only; Contact TK Morton at tmorton1@macalester.edu for more information.

International Graduate Event
Thursday, May 13, 2021
8:30 a.m.

International Graduate Event. By invitation only. Contact isp@macalester.edu for more information.

Rites of Passage
Thursday, May 13, 2021
4:00 p.m.

Rites of Passage. By invitation only. Contact Hana Dinku at hdinku@macalester.edu for more information.

Phi Beta Kappa Induction
Friday, May 14, 2021
10:00 a.m.

Phi Beta Kappa Induction. By invitation only. Contact Brenda Piatz at piatz@macalester.edu for more information.

Academic Department Receptions
Friday, May 14, 2021
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Academic Department Receptions will be held remotely. Watch for more information from your department. Academic departments hold receptions for majors, minors, and students connected to the department to celebrate their extraordinary work.

Honoring the Journey
Friday, May 14, 2021
6:00 p.m.

Honoring the Journey. By invitation only. Contact Ruth Janisch at janisch@macalester.edu or Sedric McClure at mcclure@macalester.edu for more information.

Baccalaureate
Friday, May 14, 2021
8:00 p.m.

Baccalaureate will be held on the Chapel Lawn. More information will be available soon.

Grad Walk
Saturday, May 15, 2021
9:30 a.m. at the Stadium

Livestream and a Zoom webinar will be available. These events will be held outdoors—rain or shine—at the stadium and are estimated to last 60 to 75 minutes each. Please dress for the weather and advise your guests to bring umbrellas. In the event of severe weather, we will move the Grad Walks to the following day.

All attendees (graduates and spectators) must adhere to strict masking and physical distancing protocols, per the Governor’s mandate. Face coverings must be worn at all times, even outdoors.

Each Grad Walk event (either 9:30 a.m. or 4 p.m.) will be ticketed, with assigned seating. Grad Walk registration is now closed.

The Grad Walks will be livestreamed for other friends, family members, faculty, and staff.

If you have questions about ticketing or registration, please contact gradwalks@macalester.edu.

Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Noon

Commencement is a virtual event this year (livestream and a Zoom webinar). Register for the Zoom webinar here. View the 2021 Commencement Ceremony program here.

Grad Walk
Saturday, May 15, 2021
4:00 p.m. at the Stadium

Livestream and a Zoom webinar will be available. These events will be held outdoors—rain or shine—at the stadium and are estimated to last 60 to 75 minutes each. Please dress for the weather and advise your guests to bring umbrellas. In the event of severe weather, we will move the Grad Walks to the following day.

All attendees (graduates and spectators) must adhere to strict masking and physical distancing protocols, per the Governor’s mandate. Face coverings must be worn at all times, even outdoors.

Each Grad Walk event (either 9:30 a.m. or 4 p.m.) will be ticketed, with assigned seating. Grad Walk registration is now closed.

The Grad Walks will be livestreamed for other friends, family members, faculty, and staff.

If you have questions about ticketing or registration, please contact gradwalks@macalester.edu.