We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions that alumni and guests have about Reunion Weekend. Need additional information?
Alumni Engagement Office | email@example.com | 651-696-6295
What is reunion?
Reunion weekend is our largest alumni gathering of the year which takes place on campus. Macalester College proudly welcomes all alumni back to campus for 3 full days of social and educational events with special celebrations for milestone anniversaries: 5th through 75th! Over 1,800 alumni, family, and friends gather during the weekend to reflect, reminisce, and reconnect with the college and each other. Whether you can come of the whole weekend or just one day, there is something for everyone.
When does registration open?
Registration for the weekend will open in early March. All alumni with an active email will receive an invitation to register online. Golden Scots (classes of 1969 & earlier) and the 50th Reunion will also receive a printed registration form by mail.
How do I register for Reunion?
You can register for the weekend online, by phone or for the 50th and Golden Scots by completing the registration form by mail and returning to the Alumni office for processing.
What are Pronouns? I see that is an option for my nametag.
No matter your gender identity, gender is important to one’s sense of self. To be misgendered can cause someone to feel threatened, disrespected or alienated. In a community that values multiculturalism, and as a school that is consistently ranked highly as a place where transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming individuals can live authentically as themselves, we believe it is important to not make assumptions about someone’s gender identity. We ask that all attendees use and respect the pronouns of all community members. If you wish to have your pronouns printed on your name tag, please enter them here (he/him/his, she/her/hers, they/them/theirs, ze/zim/zir)
What is the deadline to register? Advance registration will close on Friday, May 22, 2020. After this date, you may register on-site when you arrive on campus. We recommend advanced registration if you wish to stay in on-campus housing –limited housing may be available at walk-up registration, but is not guaranteed. Advance registration is also recommended if you wish to attend your class-specific meal as space is limited (Golden Scots lunches on Saturday afternoon, 5th-45th dinners on Saturday evening, 50th dinners on Friday and Saturday evening. See class dinners for more information.)
Where do I register and check-in when I arrive on campus? Class of 1970
Briggs House, 1644 Summit Avenue (formerly named the Alumni House)
Thursday, 1–8 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m.–noon
Golden Scots – For the Classes of 1969 & Earlier
Please note that registration materials will be available for pick-up during regular registration hours at the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center with the exception of the following:
**Friday, June 7 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
On Friday morning please proceed directly to the lobby of the Leonard Center (the old Field House), outside of the Alumni gym.
All other classes/Reunion groups
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, 2nd Floor Atrium
Thursday, 1–7:30 p.m.
Friday, 7:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 7:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
Can I attend if it's not my reunion? All alumni are welcome back to campus. We have many events that are open to all including faculty lectures and panels, the All-Class picnic, and more. For complete details, please view our online schedule which will be posted in May.
I need to cancel my registration, what do I do?
You may cancel until May 22, 2020 and receive a full refund for registration. Refunds will be processed by the method of original payment. Call 651-696-6894 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 Updated March 5, 2020
As a college, we are continuing to prepare for a possible impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) here on campus. The situation changes daily, and we are working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and reviewing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), MDH, and Ramsey County Public Health. At this point, we are moving forward with on-campus events, including commencement and reunion, but will continue to monitor and make decisions based on current guidance. For the college’s most recent updates and communication around COVID-19, please visit https://www.macalester.edu/healthandwellness/covid-19/
When will I find out my dorm assignment? Rooms are assigned at the close of registration. When you arrive on campus you will receive notice of your room assignment and key. Those registered by the May 22 deadline will be guaranteed a room as long as space is available
What are the check-in and check-out hours for the dorms? Check-in time:
1:00pm on Thursday, June 4
Check-out time: by noon on Sunday, June 7 because of Grand Old Days happening on Grand Avenue.
Please note that we are not able to extend reservations for additional days before or after reunion.
Can I request to stay in a specific dorm or room? You can request a specific dorm or room – however it is not guaranteed. Dorm assignments for the overall class are based on the # of requests per class. Dorms we have used in the past include Wallace, Turck, 30Mac, Doty and GDD for the 50th reunion.
I want to stay with a classmate, what do I do?
45th and earlier classes
When registering online, they will have the option to add in their housing preferences and are advised to the list of the name of the person that they wish to room with. Please note that if the person they want to room with does not also request them, we will not place them in the room together.
Note that the 50th and Golden Scots will have the same option during online registration, however they also have a paper form that they can send in to our office for processing
What items are included in the dorm? Linens, blankets, and towels are provided. Individuals will need to bring toiletries, hair dryers, fans, alarm clock, etc. Note that only George Draper Dayton is air-conditioned.
Where do I get the keys to my room?
50th and Golden Scots – Check-in will be held in George Draper Dayton (GDD) entry
45th and younger – Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, 2nd Floor Atrium
All keys should be returned to George Draper Dayton entry on Sunday morning.
Are any of the dorms designated as a quiet dorms?
Just like in your student days, communal housing means there will likely be noise from your fellow alumni Reunion attendees. We try to group attendees by class year when possible to give you the best chance to reconnect and engage with fellow classmates. We have a limited number of rooms that face away from the action which may provide a quieter experience. These rooms will be available on a first-come basis for those who don’t mind staying in a more inter-generational setting. If you’d prefer the possibility of a quieter room, please indicate that preference in the registration housing section.
How much is the class dinner? Early bird pricing until May 8
$40 for the 5th reunion
$45 for the 50th reunion
$49 for all other classes
After May 8th and on-site
$50 for the 5th reunion
$55 for the 50th reunion
$59 all other classes
Where is my class dinner being held?
This information is not available until reunion weekend as spaces are assigned based on registration numbers. Exact locations will be posted at registration on the 2nd floor of the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center as well as the reunion website on the weekend.
What is a class gathering?
Class gatherings are opportunities for classes to gather by year and spend time reconnecting in a casual atmosphere.
Where is my gathering being held?
This information is not available until reunion weekend as spaces are assigned based on class size. Exact locations will be posted at registration on the 2nd floor of the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center as well as the reunion website on the weekend.
Is there food at the gathering? The class gathering does not include food, however food trucks will be available on the portico of the Leonard Center. Note that you are responsible for payment for these meals. Food truck vendors are TBD. We will update this information on the website as it becomes available.
What type of programming is available during the weekend?
Please check out our weekend schedule online (which will be posted in May) for the most up to date information. Programming for the weekend includes sessions/panels by the Alumni Board, fellow alumni and on-campus partners including current faculty and staff.
Is Grand Old Days happening on Sunday?
Yes, Grand Old Day, held on Sunday, June 7, will include a morning 5k run and parade in addition to many other activities along the Avenue. Parking restrictions will begin at midnight on Saturday on streets near Macalester, and traffic will increase around campus on Sunday morning. If you are staying in the residence halls, you must be checked out by noon. Macalester will be participating in Grand Old Day this year and all alumni are invited to participate with us! Please contact Deanna Seppanen, Director of the High Winds Fund email@example.com
for more details. Find out more about general Grand Old Day activities at https://grandave.com/events/grand-old-day/
What is the dress code? Casual attire for daytime activities. Dressy attire for event activities. Note that the Saturday night party takes place on the lawn, so heels are not suggested.
Can I bring my Service animal?
Service animals are permitted to accompany people with disabilities in all areas at Macalester: including facilities where students, members of the public, and other participants in services, programs, or activities are allowed to go. Assistance animals (ESA’s) are generally not allowed to accompany persons with disabilities in the same areas (classrooms, facilities, event spaces) that a service animal is allowed. If an assistance animal is requested for campus housing areas/overnight accommodations, please contact Disability Services for more information.
I need assistance getting around campus, what services are available? Golf carts, a.k.a. Alumni Taxis, will be available all weekend to help alumni get around on campus. Signs will be posted letting individuals know where they can wait to be picked up or they can just flag down one of the many carts that will be driving around campus looking for alumni that need a ride.
Is Reunion Accessible for all?
Access for All. Macalester is committed to hosting inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To request an accommodation or inquire about accessibility, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Will I know anybody there?
You can view the list of registered attendees
for your class online. Please note that due to privacy settings, this list may not reflect all registrants. If you don’t want your name listed on the website, please let us know