Alumni Achievement Award FAQs

What is the nomination deadline?

Entries received at least eight weeks prior to the Commencement ceremony will be considered for this award. Entries received after this date will be considered for the subsequent Commencement ceremony.

The submission deadline for the February 1, 2014 Commencement is December 8, 2013.

Who qualifies for the Alumni Achievement Award?

All American College of Education alumni are eligible to apply for the Alumni Achievement Award. An ACE student must be in graduate status at the time of the nomination deadline to be considered for the award.

For the award criteria, what environment is relevant for demonstrating ‘exceptional leadership, and what is considered demonstrating ‘outstanding service’ to American College of Education?’

Demonstrating exceptional leadership is open to any context; it can be within your school, district, community or state/country. Outstanding service to American College of Education can be applied in any number of ways, such as sharing about opportunities for professional growth through the College, reflecting the College’s values in your community, or demonstrating an eagerness to “give back.”

Who determines the award recipient?

An Award Committee comprised of academic leaders within American College of Education reviews the nominations and selects the honoree.

When is the winner announced?

The winner will be notified six weeks prior to the Commencement celebration.

The recipient for the February 1, 2014 Commencement will be notified by December 21, 2013.

What will the award recipient receive?

The honoree will receive:

  • Travel for the recipient and one guest, up to $1,000, plus two nights of hotel accommodations. Please note the recipient is responsible for transportation expenses in excess of $1,000, as well as meals and incidentals.
  • An Alumni Achievement Award plaque at Commencement
  • The opportunity to present a speech at Commencement
  • Publicity via a press release, website and social media outlets

What is expected of the Alumni Achievement honoree?

The recipient must provide a professional biography and headshot photograph for use in ACE marketing materials, including, but not limited to, a press release announcing the award winner, the ACE website and ACE social media channels.

The winner must attend the ACE Commencement ceremony and give a speech during the ceremony. The speech content customarily is an adaptation of the award submission and should be submitted three weeks prior to the ceremony for review and approval.