Tinley Park Hosts American College of Education Summer 2013 Commencement

by American College of Education | July 23, 2013

Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) July 23, 2013

American College of Education, an accredited online college that provides online degree programs for educators, will hold its Summer 2013 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, July 27, at the Tinley Park Convention Center in Tinley Park, Illinois, at 2:00 p.m. The college will confer more than 2,000 Master of Education degrees in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Educational Technology at its semi-annual event.

In honor of the American College of Education graduates, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has issued a commendation letter for the day stating, “I know that you have overcome many obstacles to reach this point, and you should take great pride in all that you have accomplished thus far.”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel also proclaimed July 27, 2013 to be American College of Education Graduate Day in Chicago. “I urge all Chicagoans to celebrate the hard work and dedication of these graduates as they remain committed to the ongoing cycle of learning and teaching to continue strengthening the greater community,” said Mayor Emanuel in his proclamation.

American College of Education will recognize Samantha Reid, M.Ed. as its Alumni Achievement Award recipient. Reid teaches French at a prominent all-boys high school in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. She is passionate about teaching and has impacted the lives of her students in a number of positive ways. At American College of Education, Reid earned master’s degrees in both Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction.

Tiffany Hamlett, Ph.D., will receive the Faculty Achievement Award in recognition of her excellence in online education. Dr. Hamlett is a core faculty member at American College of Education, and she focuses on early childhood education, curriculum development and research methods. In addition to her work at American College of Education, Dr. Hamlett serves as a reviewer for Social Development and the Southern Early Childhood Association.

Education advocate Jarrad Toussant of Newark, New Jersey, will deliver the commencement keynote address. Toussant is committed to bridging the achievement gap and to solving major issues in education through collaboration. Toussant currently serves as senior education advisor to Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, New Jersey, a city that has been noted for its innovative approach to public education reform.

“Jarrad Toussant’s speech will be an honor and an inspiration for all of our graduates who are educational and community leaders themselves” said Sandra Doran, president of American College of Education. “We are looking forward to hearing his insights on collaboration, the theme of the Summer 2013 Commencement.”

The American College of Education commencement ceremony both recognizes the graduates’ accomplishments and provides an opportunity for students to celebrate with their online classmates and professors face to face.

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About American College of Education

The mission of American College of Education is to deliver affordable, online degree programs that provide evidence-based content and relevant experiences to improve educators' knowledge, skills and performance.

American College of Education is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA).

American College of Education’s Professional Education Programs (M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in ESL/Bilingual, M.Ed. in Educational Technology) which are designed to provide graduate students with the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities to enhance their teaching and further their careers, are granted Accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of seven years, from May 3, 2013 to May 3, 2020. This accreditation certifies that the forenamed professional education programs have provided evidence that they adhere to TEAC’s quality principles.

Due to specific state regulations, not all of American College of Education’s programs are available to residents of all states. Please visit for the most current information.