Multicultural Celebration of Achievement

MCAE Celebration of Achievement

This annual ceremony honors all multicultural undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.  Each student who attends receives a handmade, custom designed, stole created only for our students.




Dear Graduating Students:

Congratulations on your pending graduation! 

This year COA will be held in Ted Man Concert Hall on Saturday, May 5th 2018 @ 1 PM.

The Celebration of Achievement registration has official reached its capacity.

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.



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.





The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) develops and fosters inclusive, coherent learning for all students at the University of Minnesota through educational support programs, community engagement, and cultural activities.

We are committed to recognizing the valuable work and effort completed for all of our graduates.  
On Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 1:00-2:30pm, we will hold our annual Celebration of Achievement at Ted Mann Concert Hall on the West Bank.  We welcome you to apply for the following positions.  Undergraduate Student Speaker or Graduate Student Speaker.  This form is due Sunday, April 9th by 4:30pm.  Finalists will be notified the week of April 10th to schedule an audition of their speech.
This year's theme is "WE ARE THE LEADERS WE'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR." - Grace Lee Boggs
Step 1) Answer this form. To Be Completed By 4/9/2018 before 4:30pm
Step 2) Send or share a video to of yourself and what MCAE means to you
Step 3) Wait for the email of whether you have been invited to the finalist speaker interview or not 

Did you miss the event and are still interested in getting a stole??

Well, unfortunately, the only way to guarantee receiving a free MCAE Stole, regardless of your event registration status, is to walk the stage during the event.  To be fair to those who missed the event, all remaining stoles go on sale the following week at 9:00am each morning on a "first come, first served basis".  That means when they're gone, they're gone. 

*You may purchase a stole for cost ($20.00/cash) and once again to be fair, we make no exceptions. 

*One stole per student.  No one can pick up a second stole for a friend.  You must sign in to get your own stole.




Should you have any questions, please feel free email



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Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Cydney Gaines ( with the subject line: COA ACCESS at least 2 weeks in advance.  Captioning, American Sign Language interpretation, Large Print Program information, and accessible seating are all accommodations that need to be requested well in advance of the event.  We are happy to arrange for these once the request has been sent.  Thank you.