2021 Senior Week (mac blue and orange)

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary students. That’s you, the Class of 2021. While we are excited to celebrate your accomplishments together in person and virtualty. We want you to know that you have dazzled us during your time at Macalester and we are very proud of all you have done.

With finals done, you are ready to make your journey toward graduation. Our Senior Week tradition celebrates the accomplishments of the graduating class with a series of events designed to encourage and engage you and your classmates one last time. 

*Please note all outdoor Senior Week events will be canceled in the event of inclement weather due to current COVID-19 indoor gathering limitations

RSVP for In Person Senior Week Events

Monday May 10-Friday May 14, 2021

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Senior Week 2021

Monday, May 10

BIPOC Senior Reflection.
12:30 p.m.;

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

Last Lecture
2:00 p.m.,; Zoom

Hear from the Macalester Community about the truly incredible impact you’ve made in your time at Macalester. Students, staff, faculty, and alumni will lend their voice to the impact you’ve made, the waves you continue to make and journey you have before you. We will hear a welcome and congrats from Dr. Rivera, engage in a lecture from Professor Samuel Asarnow, listen to the messages your classmates, Jenning Mergenthal and Traci Badu, have for you and a congrats on this incredible achievement from our Dean of Students, DeMethra LaSha Bradley

Senior Bingo
8:00 p.m.; Kagin Ballroom and Zoom

Stop by for your last official game of bingo at Macalester.  We’ll be hosting sessions of bingo live and in person from the Kagin Ballroom and one from the comfort of your home. RSVPs are required for in person attendees due to COVID Protocols. Times will be updated as we near Senior Week. Be sure to bring your phone or a device to use as your bingo card. Prizes for each round will be worth up to $100!

Round 1: 8:00 p.m., Kagin Ballroom- 80 Participant Capacity- RSVP and Assigned Seating Required.
Round 2: 9:00 p.m., Kagin Ballroom- 80 Participant Capacity- RSVP and Assigned Seating Required.
Round 3: 10:00 p.m., Zoom

Please note: You can only win once.


Tuesday, May 11

Pause with Purpose: Moments to Reflect and Connect
2:00-4:00 p.m.; *Bateman Plaza and Zoom

Join campus partners in celebrating your time on campus and create something that can begin to hold and remind you of your time at Macalester.

“Weaving the Visible and Invisible”;
2:00-3:00 p.m.; McLaughlin Plaza
Make your own miniature weaving and reflect on the different dimensions of your Macalester journey. With the CRSL and Art Department. 30 Participant Capacity- RSVP Required. 

“Narrating your Macalester Story”
2:00-3:00 p.m.; Kagin Lawn

Longing for an intentional space to make meaning of your time at Macalester? Set aside an hour to reflect with peers and begin sketching out your college narrative. How do you want to tell your story? Journals and pens provided  Join Ana Gvozdic ’21 and Eily Marlow from the CEC for this workshop . 15 Participant Capacity- RSVP Required.

“Reflective Yoga with JC Lippold”
2:30-3:30 p.m.; Old Main Lawn and IG Live
Join JC for a Reflective movement journey this one hour yoga session, bring your own mat. With Health and Wellness. 50 Participant Max Capacity RSVP Required

“Weaving the Visible and Invisible”;
3:00-4:00 p.m.; McLaughlin Plaza
Make your own miniature weaving and reflect on the different dimensions of your Macalester journey. With the CRSL and Art Department. 30 Participant Capacity- RSVP Required. 

“Narrating your Macalester Story”
3:30-4:30 p.m.; Zoom

Longing for an intentional space to make meaning of your time at Macalester? Set aside an hour to reflect with peers and begin sketching out your college narrative. How do you want to tell your story? Join Ana Gvozdic ’21 and Eily Marlow from the CEC for this workshop . 15 Participant Capacity

Lavender Graduation
4:00 p.m.

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

Senior Kagin: A Digital Dance Party
Hosted by Flip Phone Events
8:00-9:30 p.m.; Zoom

This is your last Kagin with your fellow seniors. Build the playlist of songs that mean something to your class and dance the night away. Flip Phone, a local queer-owned events company, will take recommendations from the playlist. In this room you’ll be able to share your moves, your space, and one silly night on Zoom.

This will include a Dance and a Drag Celebrity Appearance from Olivia Lux from Season 13 of RuPauls’ Drag Race. 

Please remember that this is  a Macalester-sponsored event so use of derogatory language or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated and you will be removed from the event.

Add to the 2021 Senior Kagin Playlist
Senior Kagin Playlist Scan Code


Wednesday, May 12

Scott Search: Scavenger Hunt
Hosted By Alumni Engagement
8:00 a.m.-8 p.m.; Digitally or In Person

In-Person and On Campus: Text JOIN 1600 to (650) 262-5837 to start the hunt
Digital Participants: Follow the Scot Search:Qualtrics Link

Each participant will win a $10 gift card to a local business of their choice upon completion.Two random seniors will be chosen to win the ultimate Mac Pack!

Lawn Jam
Co-Hosted by Athletics
2:00 p.m.; *Bateman Plaza and Old Main Lawn

Play lawn games with you classmates and enjoy a beautiful “finger-crossed” day on Old Main Lawn. Equipment checkout with Mac ID’s will be on Bateman Plaza the games will be split on the lawns across campus.


Thursday, May 13

International Graduate Event
8:30 a.m.

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

Grace, Gratitude, and Goodbye
2:00 p.m.;  *Bateman Plaza

What will you leave behind? How will you say goodbye? Who do you want to thank? Join the Chaplains of the CRSL and the Idea Lab as we create rock art and craft notes to those who have been meaningful companions on your Macalester journey. 90 Participant Capacity- RSVP Required. 

Rites of Passage
4:00 p.m.

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

Senior Week Social
8:00 p.m.;  *Old Main Lawn

This event is to allow to connect to one another one last time on campus. There will be a live band, The Aftergreens, bonfires, and take home treats from REMIX.  Dr Rivera will be there to send you off into the next chapter of your Macalester experience.

First Session: 8:00 p.m., 125 Participant Capacity-Old Main LawnRSVP.
Second Session: 8:45 p.m., 125 Participant Capacity-Old Main LawnRSVP.
Third Session: 9:30 p.m., 125 Participant Capacity-Old Main LawnRSVP.


Friday, May 14

Senior Photobooth
10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.;  *Old Main Lawn

Swing by and use the photo booth. Professional photographers will be present from 1-2 p.m.

Honoring the Journey
6:00 p.m.

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

Baccalaureate
8:00 p.m. ; Chapel Lawn

Seniors are invited to join the CRSL on the eve or graduation for our annual Baccalaureate Celebration. Seniors, as you receive your Baccalaureate degree, the Baccalaureate Celebration is a time to be together and hold space for the lived experience that has spiritual, emotional, and communal dimensions. Together, we will mark this threshold, gathered around an outdoor bonfire. Please register in advance, and we will abide by our Mac Stays Safer community commitments.


Saturday, May 15

Grad Walk and Commencement
9:30 a.m., 12 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.

The Virtual Broadcast will be at 12 p.m. CST for all those who can’t be in attendance. Visit the commencement site for more information.


*Please note all outdoor Senior Week events will be canceled in the event of inclement weather due to current COVID-19 indoor gathering limitations 

Share Memories of Your Senior Year

Despite its outsized impact, COVID-19 won’t define your Senior Year and your time at Mac. Share memories—photos, stories, video, documents, etc.—that show and celebrate your senior year (or any part of your time at Mac). These will be archived, so what moments and people do you want to remember to mark your senior year? Please contact archives@macalester.edu with questions.
Take the Senior Survey from Career Exploration
“During Senior Week, we’d like to remind you to take 5-7 minutes to complete the annual Senior Survey, which has been emailed to your Macalester email account. The survey enables Career Exploration to better understand your immediate post-graduation plans and to know how to best support you if you are still working on your plans.  All respondents will have a $5 donation made in their name to one of this year’s six local non-profit organizations that students have identified as champions of social justice: Center for Economic InclusionVoices for Racial JusticeReclaim the BlockEdAlliesUjamaa Place or the ACLU of Minnesota)”

For information about other events taking place this week. Please check out the Commencement Schedule.

Questions about Senior Week? Contact Logan Schrader at lschrade@macalester.edu.

Senior Class Photos