Chicago, IL, January 21, 2009 – Dr. Rod Paige, former Secretary of Education, congratulated the American College of Education's more than 300 master's graduates and shared with them a letter from the nation's newest Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, and his "promise to be at their side in the nation's efforts to secure a quality education for all students."
"Graduates, you are receiving your degrees at a very exciting time in the history of American education," Dr. Paige said to the graduates. "You are receiving your degrees at a time when America is looking for solutions to its education challenges. Never before has the need for highly skilled and highly motivated educational professional been greater. No one knows the challenges we as a nation face better than you. You, as graduates of the American College of Education are the solution to America's education challenges. As graduates of the American College of Education, you are a part of a grand vision to dramatically improve student performance by helping to enhance the instructional effectiveness of today's teachers through high quality degree programs."
Graduates and their families traveled to the ceremony at the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom from surrounding Chicago metro areas. Many worked side by side with fellow educators to complete the courses, supporting and encouraging each other through 18 months of rigorous, intense instruction. In all, 272 graduates were awarded master's degrees in education in educational leadership and 44 were awarded master's degrees in curriculum and instruction. In addition, the College also recognized graduates who have been certified by the National Board of Certified Teachers.
"It is truly remarkable how such a high quality experience can be delivered to every one of our students. We can be sure that our graduates received access to the most valuable and relevant instruction currently available. We can also be sure they are prepared for the challenges that lie ahead," said Dr. Gerald A. Heeger, president of the American College of Education.
For those who could not attend, video of the ceremony will be available online atwww.ace.edu. The College holds two commencements a year, with its summer ceremony set to take place in Chicago in June.
The American College of Education is based in Chicago, Illinois, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The College currently serves students in Illinois, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas. For more information about the American College of Education and its programs, visit www.ace.edu.
About American College of Education
American College of Education is solely dedicated to providing educators the most affordable, high-quality online master's degree programs in education. The College's vision is to dramatically improve student performance by enhancing the instructional effectiveness of teachers through transformative technology and innovative online learning. American College of Education is based in Chicago, Illinois. It currently serves online students nationally and internationally. American College of Education is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (NCA). For more information about American College of Education, visit www.ace.edu.
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