University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
Office for Equity and Diversity

Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence

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The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) is a campus-wide resource that promotes an inclusive atmosphere to foster and enrich multicultural understanding among all members of the University of Minnesota community. MCAE's commitment to creating such a climate is driven by a student-first culture in which students are the highest priority.

Please take a moment to register with MCAE so you can benefit from our services. Ask our staff or student workers if you have any questions. 

Register HERE!




For students who want to register for Celebration of Achievement (COA)

If you are a graduating student looking to register for Celebration of Achievement, registration is now closed. We can add you to our waiting list, by contacting the MCAE front desk. Seating and available stoles are limited.


For students who want a stole early/prior to COA

Unfortunately, the only way to guarantee a free stole to students, regardless of registration status, is if they walk the stage at the event. The remaining stoles will go on sale at MCAE Monday May 7th, on a first come, first served basis only.

Parking is available at:

21st Ave Ramp or the

19th Ave Ramp.

Click to see 21st Ave Ramp parking facility rates or 19th Ave Ramp parking facility rates.

Road Construction

MNDOT is going to close I-94 in both directions between I-394 and I-35W for the first 3 weekends in May. This may affect your travel time to and from the event. Here is a link to the MN DOT website:


Question: Will I receive a confirmation email once I’ve registered for COA?

Answer: No, there is not a confirmation email upon the completion of the RSVP form. You will receive more information via email closer to the date of the event.


Question: Can we reserve or purchase a stole following the event?

Answer: After the event, a stole may be purchased however, when they're gone, they're gone.


Question: How much are stoles for purchase?

Answer: They are sold at our bulk cost of $20.00 (cash only) and will be available at the front desk of MCAE.


Question: Can I purchase more than one stole? Can I purchase extra for a friend or family member?

Answer: No. Only one stole per student. No one may purchase a second stole for a friend. You must sign in to receive your own stole.


Question: Can you or someone in MCAE mail a stole to me? Answer: No, we do not mail stoles for any reason.


**For all other questions, inquiries can be sent to Cydney Gaines or any other MCAE staff member.

MCAE is currently open for Spring Semester Hours:

Monday - Wednesday

8:00 am - 6:00 pm


8:00 AM - 9:00 PM


8:00 AM - 4:30 PM