Blue banner with text: Reunion, June 2-5, 2022All alumni are invited to join the Macalester community in person at Macalester College as we celebrate Reunion 2022. Our four-day programming includes panels and office hours with faculty and staff, dance parties, campus tours, and opportunities to connect with your class. This year, we are recognizing those in classes celebrating their 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th, 55th, 60th, and 65th. These classes will be recognized on campus throughout the weekend. There will be special dinner celebrations for milestone anniversaries: 5th, 10th, 25th and 50th – which this year will include 1970, 1971, and 1972.

Not in an official Reunion year? Missed gathering at Reunion 2020 or Reunion 2021? No problem! We’ve redesigned Reunion to allow plenty of time to gather in community together to learn, remember, and have fun! We hope to see you back on campus.

Please visit our FAQ page to learn more about COVID-19 mitigation plans, lodging, and other reunion questions you may have for the big celebration.

REGISTER HERE FOR REUNION 2022

 


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ALL WEEKEND

GENERAL CHECK-IN
Registration and check-in are located in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, 2nd-floor Atrium.
Thursday, June 2: 1:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 3: 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 4: 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Pick up your Mac gear at the Highlander
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Class Decade Lounges
Spend time in our class decade lounge open at various times throughout the weekend. Leave a message on the whiteboard and grab a few snacks while finding your classmates. This is a great place to relax and connect with new and old friends. Located on the 2nd floor of the theater building. Snacks and refreshments available Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Parenting Room
A parenting room for nursing parents is available 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. throughout Reunion weekend.
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel, Room 108 (Lower Level)

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THURSDAY, JUNE 2

Thursday Afternoon

1:00 p.m.
Residence Halls Open for Reunion Guests

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1972 Women’s Gathering
Start your Reunion weekend with other ’72 classmates for our 1972 women’s retreat, held annually. Gather for fun conversations and walk away with camaraderie and inspiration.
Location to be announced

 

Thursday Evening

5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CDT
Thursday Café Mac Welcome Dinner $
As you return to campus and reconnect with classmates, explore Bon Appetit’s farm to fork offerings with dinner inside Café Mac to relive your student dining experience at casual buffet food stations. Drop in during the meal service times. With offerings ranging from burgers and salads, to pizza and curries. Wellness and sustainability are at the heart of Café Mac. All are welcome. Cash bar.
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
James Wallace Society Dinner
By invitation only for those who have included Macalester in their estate plans. Contact Theresa Gienapp, Director of Planned Giving, 651-696-6087, for more information.
Leonard Center, Fieldhouse

8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Class of 1972 Welcome Gathering
Start Reunion right by finding your old roommates at a casual gathering at the former home of Presidents Rice and Turck. Catch up, enjoy light refreshments, and make your weekend plans.
Briggs House (formerly Alumni House), 1644 Summit Avenue

8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Class of 1970 and 1971 Welcome Gathering
Start Reunion right by finding your old roommates at a casual gathering at our off-site headquarters at the InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront Hotel. Catch up, enjoy light refreshments, and make your weekend plans.
InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront Hotel (11 East Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul)

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FRIDAY, JUNE 3

Friday Morning

7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
All-Campus Breakfast $
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class Decade Lounges Open
Relax and connect with new and old friends in your class decade lounge. Leave a message on the whiteboard and grab a few snacks while finding your classmates. Light snacks and refreshments available.
Theater Building, 2nd Floor

8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Center for Religious and Spiritual Life (CRSL) Open House
Welcome friends and wanderers! Curious about the chaplaincy today? Meet our interfaith team and mingle in the chapel garden & moat.
Rain location: Weyerhaeuser Chapel, Center for Religious and Spiritual Life (lower level)

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Idea Lab Open House and Coffee
Grab some coffee in the hub of Entrepreneurship on campus! Exercise your creativity in the Idea Lab, a hands-on workspace in the heart of the library where students innovate, collaborate, befriend, re-center, and work together to solve problems and drive positive change in the world. Hosted by the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Department and the Alumni Board.
Dewitt Wallace Library, Idea Lab (second level)

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Archives Open House
Visit the Macalester College Archives and browse Spotlights, photographs, student org materials and more! Do you have mementos from your college years tucked away in storage? Bring them to the Open House and donate them to the Archives!
Dewitt Wallace Library, Archives (second level) 

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
1970, 1971, and 1972 Golden Scots Society Induction Ceremonies
The Classes of 1970, 1971, and 1972 will each be inducted into the Golden Scots Society with music, memories, and medallions with separate heartwarming ceremonies celebrating the past and the future.
Locations to be announced

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Faculty Office Hours
Stop by and say hello to some of your favorite faculty and staff members for an informal open house visit. Participating departments will be posted at registration in the Campus Center.
Various locations around campus

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
All-Campus Lunch Buffet $
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Golden Scots Society Luncheon $
For all who have celebrated their 50th reunion plus special recognition for those observing their 55th, 60th, 65th, 70th, and 75th reunions.
Leonard Center, Fieldhouse

 

Friday Afternoon

Additional panels and tours to be announced
Locations to be announced

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Inner College Reunion
Inner College (IC) was a radical experiment in self-directed learning during the 1969-70 school year. We lived coed in the Summit Houses with a prof and his family with the intention of creating a “community of scholars” and had no requirements as to what or how we studied. This gathering invites those IC participants to share deeply about what calls to them at this stage in their life, and how the experience of IC has influenced their lives.
Theater Building, Room T213

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
SWAPpers Swapping Whoppers and Other Tales of Macalester International Experiences
Join classmates from 1970 and 1971 to share memories and reflections from your Summer Work Abroad Project (SWAP) or other international study, travel, and work opportunities during your years at Mac. Relive those adventures and consider the impacts of those experiences.
Campus Center, The Loch

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1997 Reacquainting Round Table Discussions

25 years later, let’s gather and reconnect to get caught up with old friends and make new ones. We will swap tables answering different provided conversation starters to reconnect with everyone attending our 25th Reunion.
Olin Rice Science Center, Smail Gallery

4:30 p.m.
Athletics Gathering: Building Towards Excellence
Gather by our Athletics flag to hear updates from athletic director, Donnie Brooks and some of our amazing coaching staff. We will break into smaller groups by athletic teams to reconnect with former teammates and hear more about the program today.
Shaw Field Tent, Athletics Flag

 

Friday Evening

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Grand Society Open House
Join President Suzanne Rivera and fellow Grand Society donors for casual conversation and refreshments during Reunion. This event is open to Grand Society members, who will receive a mailed invitation with RSVP information. Contact the Macalester Fund at 651-696-6909 for more information.
Theater, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Snacks at Mac $
Welcome back! Reconnect and reminisce with classmates and friends at this fun all-class Friday night gathering. Food trucks offering a variety of cuisines will be on-site starting at 5 p.m. Also, between 7 – 9 p.m. a special musical performance by Salsa Del Soul featuring Shai Hayo ’96. Enjoy great conversation, yummy eats, share a few memories, and find out what your classmates have been up to since you last saw them. Cash bar and meal from food trucks are available for purchase.
Shaw Field and Tent

5:30 p.m.
Shabbat Gathering
Join Jewish alumni (and friends) for a brief gathering to light candles, have a bit of challah, and schmooze. This is a great chance to connect with Macalester Rabbi Emma Kippley-Ogman and Macalester Jewish Organization alumni!
Weyerhaeuser Chapel, Center for Religious and Spiritual Life (lower level)

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Class of 1972 Casual Reception & Dinner $
Join us as we remember “The Way We Were” with your fellow ’72 alumni in conversation and fun as we hear the results of our class survey and “see” who we were, and enjoy shared memories.
Reception at 6-7 p.m., Dinner at 7 p.m.
Location to be announced

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Women’s Gathering for 1970 and 1971
Many of us from the class of ’71 remember the powerful women’s gathering up in Old Main during our 25th reunion. Come be part of our circle again to share the many directions our lives have taken, as well as the challenges we’ve faced and the barriers we’ve overcome as women. We invite the women of the class of ’70 to join us, since they won’t have a separate chance to meet.
Has any class experienced more change in their lives than we have? At Mac we went from curfews and a white glove reception in the President’s home our first year to coed dorms and women’s liberation meetings in our junior and senior years. In the wider world, we went from overt discrimination in many areas to more opportunities available to us as our culture and its norms changed. We spent years trying to balance family, work, relationships and time for ourselves. And what calls to us from now on? Come join us for some open-hearted sharing!
Theater Building, Room T213

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Class of 1972 Informal Gathering
Come to Briggs House to continue the conversation with classmates.
Briggs House (formerly Alumni House), 1644 Summit Avenue

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SATURDAY, JUNE 4

Saturday Morning

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class Decade Lounges Open
Relax and connect with new and old friends in your class decade lounge. Leave a message on the whiteboard and grab a few snacks while finding your classmates. Light snacks and refreshments available.
Theater Building, 2nd Floor

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
The Grand Celebration $
Gather with classmates and friends for a celebration of this year’s alumni award recipients, the Reunion gift presentation, a delicious breakfast, and plenty of coffee at this all-class celebration with President Suzanne Rivera recognizing alumni across the generations. Breakfast is available at 9:00 a.m., program begins at 9:30 a.m.
Leonard Center, Fieldhouse

10:45 a.m.
Macalester College Pipe Band
Marvin Plaza

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Can Democracy Survive the 21st Century? Hosted by the Reunion Program Board
Can Democracy Survive and Thrive in the 21st Century or Is It On a Downward Spiral? What has caused the decline in confidence in our democratic institutions, the polarization, and the lack of compromise and comity? What changes are necessary to rebuild and strengthen democracy?
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

Additional panels and tours to be announced
Locations to be announced

 

Saturday Afternoon

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Zero-Waste All-Campus Picnic $
Gather for an old-fashioned barbecue with festive family entertainment including music by Faculty Emeritus Dave McCurdy’s band, face painting, henna, hula hooping, caricatures, fortune teller, lawn games. and more. Be sure to recycle and compost properly!
Tent on Shaw Field

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
M Club Slingshot Water Balloon Challenge
Put together your three-person team and test your water balloon launching skills against other reunion teams. Exciting prizes awarded to teams who come closest to hitting Mac the Scot! Sponsored by M Club and the Alumni Board Athletics working group. Open to all! Three-person team required to participate.
Macalester Stadium

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Macalester Alumni of Moderation
Macalester Alumni of Moderation believe a liberal arts education requires being inclusive of diverse and differing points of view shared freely on campus. That includes moderate and conservative political views. Join us for a discussion and meet other Macalester Alumni of Moderation attendees.
Art Commons 102, Lowe Dayton Arts Commons, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Meditative Sound Bath
All are welcome for a meditative sound bath provided by our Buddhist Chaplain, Rev. Marc Anderson. Gongs, singing bowls, and dulcet tones carefully blended for your relaxation and inner healing. Yoga mats and cushions will be provided, in addition to pew seating.
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

Additional panels and tours to be announced
Locations to be announced

 

Saturday Evening

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
All-Class Social
Listen to great live music while enjoying a refreshing beverage and great conversation with friends old and new, prior to your class dinner.
Marvin Plaza

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Class of 1970 Dinner (50th) $
Enjoy an evening of great conversation while reconnecting with classmates. Reservations required. Reception with Class of 1971 at 6-7 p.m., Class of 1970 Dinner at 7 p.m.
InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront Hotel (11 East Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul)

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Class of 1971 Dinner (50th) $
Enjoy an evening of great conversation while reconnecting with classmates. Reservations required. Reception with Class of 1970 at 6-7 p.m., Class of 1971 Dinner at 7 p.m.
InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront Hotel (11 East Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul)

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Class of 1972 Dinner (50th) $
Enjoy an evening of great conversation while reconnecting with classmates. All dinners will be held on campus, specific locations posted in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center lobby. Reservations required.
Location to be announced

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Class of 1997 Dinner (25th) $
Enjoy an evening of great conversation while reconnecting with classmates. All dinners will be held on campus, specific locations posted in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center lobby. Reservations required.
Location to be announced

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Class of 2012 Dinner (10th) $
Enjoy an evening of great conversation while reconnecting with classmates. All dinners will be held on campus, specific locations posted in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center lobby. Reservations required.
Location to be announced

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Class of 2017 Dinner (5th) $
Enjoy an evening of great conversation while reconnecting with classmates. All dinners will be held on campus, specific locations posted in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center lobby. Reservations required.
Location to be announced

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday All-Class Dinner $
Café Mac favorites offered to all class years not assigned to a class dinner. Bon Appetit will offer a variety of food items throughout the café, including some nostalgic offerings like a Midnight Breakfast station and some cheesy Italian Fries. Price includes one drink ticket. Non-alcoholic beverages included. Cash bar.
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

9:00 p.m. – Midnight
The Great Mac Get Together
End your day dancing and sharing memories with classmates and friends under the big tent on the lawn. All Mac alumni are welcome regardless of class year. Purchase drink tickets in advance at registration in the Campus Center. Cash bar.
Tent on the Great Lawn

9:00 p.m. – Midnight
Class of 1972 Informal Gathering
Come to Briggs House to continue the conversation with classmates.
Briggs House (formerly Alumni House), 1644 Summit Avenue

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SUNDAY, JUNE 5

Sunday Morning

8:00 a.m. – Noon
Residence Hall Check-Out
All Residents: Please return keys to the George Draper Dayton (GDD) office.

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
All-Class Brunch Buffet $
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center – North End

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Christian Coffee Fellowship
Joy and delight are constant companions in the many expressions of Christianity at Macalester. Join our College Chaplain Rev. Kelly Stone for a lighthearted coffee hour, where you can reminisce and learn about how we engage Christian community at Macalester today. Refreshments will be served!
Weyerhaeuser Chapel, Center for Religious and Spiritual Life (lower level)

10:00 a.m.
Multifaith Celebration
Nurture your Spirit! Whether or not the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life was part of your undergraduate Macalester experience and however you identify on the religious/spiritual/not at all spectrum, we (Mac’s five chaplains) invite all alumni and friends to a (truly) multifaith, inter-generational moment for inspiration, celebration, reflection, and connection this alumni weekend.
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

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TUESDAY, JUNE 7

12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Mac Hac Annual Athletics Golf Fundraiser
The Mac Hac Golf Fundraiser raises funds to help enhance the experience of Macalester student-athletes. This year the proceeds will go to the Breyer Fund, an endowment which supports women’s sports at Macalester. We expect 36 foursomes of alumni, parents, staff, and friends for a day of great golf, fun, food, and prizes. Shotgun start at Noon. Registration is separate from Reunion 2022 and can be done through the Athletic Department website at athletics.macalester.edu.
Prestwick Country Club in Woodbury, Minn.

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