The Class of 2019 will cross the graduation stage on May 18—their last day as Macalester students before they head off to pursue new opportunities and confront new challenges.

These students came to Macalester from all around the world, and made the campus their home. For four years, they challenged themselves in the classroom, volunteered in the Twin Cities, conducted independent research projects, wrote poems and papers and articles and apps, led student orgs (and started new ones), and developed unique visions for what sort of path they each might take as they forge their ways in the world.

For all the many places they came from before Macalester, they’re going on to at least as many as college graduates: they’ll pursue careers as chemists, software engineers, economists, researchers, and analysts. Others will volunteer as teachers around the world. Many will continue their educations as they pursue master’s degrees, PhDs, and MDs.

A number of grads will be joining companies like Apple, EY, and Blue Cross Blue Shield, while others will continue their studies at universities including the University of California–Berkeley, Stanford University, and University College London.

Here, by major, is a sampling of where the Class of 2019 will be putting to work their gifts, curiosity, and knowledge.


Applied Mathematics and Statistics

Tiffany Fan, Stanford University, PhD in computational and mathematical engineering (additional major in chemistry)


Sebastian Eising, MoMA, Department of Painting and Sculpture


Claire Motino, Allina Emergency Services, EMT

Esther Rodman, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology

Gianna Bortoli, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, research assistant


Trinity Gao, NYU, master’s in media, culture, and communication

Sam Gleason, University of California–Berkeley, PhD in chemistry

Minji Kim, University of Wisconsin–Madison, PhD in chemistry

Malik Mays, The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences

Tillie Pederson, Aveda, Aroma Lab technician

Claire Schmit, University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign, PhD in chemistry

Jayce Taylor, University of California–Davis, PhD in chemistry

Computer Science

Fouad El Hamdouni, EY, technology advisory consultant (additional major in economics)

Andy Han, Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield (additional major in philosophy)

Khin Kyaw, Apple, software engineer (additional major in economics)

Julia Romare, Spotify


Tom Brennan, Raymond James, investment banking analyst

Cuauhtemoc Cruz Herrera, Integración-Matemática, president

Greg Del Vecho, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, rotational finance analyst

Syed Hasan, Analysis Group

Xinwei (Bill) Huang, Johns Hopkins University (additional major in applied mathematics and statistics)

Nikhita Jain, McKinsey & Company, business analyst (additional major in applied mathematics and statistics)

Zack Katz, Launchmetrics Paris, data specialist

Eujin (Jinny) Kim, Analysis Group

Esteban Lemus Wirtz, Analysis Group (additional major in applied mathematics and statistics)

Yucai Li, UBS, investment banking analyst

Harrison Mitchell, Yale University, research assistant

Nikita Naik Mood, Keybridge, research assistant

Khadidja Ngom, Analysis Group (additional major in international studies)

Gloria Odoemelam, Google (additional major in applied mathematics and statistics)

Kristijan Peev, Economists Incorporated, research associate (additional major in applied mathematics and statistics)

Preeta Raghunathan, Piper Jaffray, banking analyst

Taneeya Rele, Analysis Group (additional major in computer science)

Margot Robison, Fulbright ETA in Germany

Carl Salvino, Amazon, financial analyst (additional major in applied mathematics and statistics)

Meera Singh, McKinsey & Company, business analyst

Duy Jensen Vu, Analysis Group (additional majors in philosophy and political science)

Alice Qingyu Zhu, Analysis Group (additional major in mathematics)

Noah Zwiefel, Urban Institute


Kelly Flugaur-Leavitt, Epic Systems (additional major in physics)

Environmental Studies

Phoebe Aguiar, Syracuse University, master’s in public policy and administration

French and Francophone Studies

Claire Gillen, Peace Corps in Madagascar (additional major in English)


Ceren Dolma, Cartography Masters EU

Tim Lipman, Hemisphere (additional major in applied mathematics and statistics)


Michael Murphy, Craters of the Moon National Monument

International Studies

Rachel Wong, Fulbright ETA in Taiwan

Media and Cultural Studies

Alya Ansari, University of Minnesota, PhD in comparative studies in discourse and society


Tina Esmail, University College London, master’s in neuroscience and regenerative medicine

Fangze (Fancy) Li, Johns Hopkins University Medical School, lab technician

Haley Mudrick, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, PhD in molecular pharmacology and experimental therapeutics

Garrett Salzman, Columbia University, research assistant

Political Science

Livvie Avrick, U.S. Bank, communications and training and development (additional major in media and cultural studies)

Justin Chen, Queen’s University, master’s in political science

Daniel Neff, Ecolab (additional major in economics)

Hannah Shumway, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (additional major in geography)


Alison Gammons, People Incorporated

Russian Studies

Maria Donahoe, University of Arizona, Russian master’s program

May 6 2019

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