Graduation & Commencement


Announcing the 2016 Commencement Theme: A Letter from Provost and Interim President Dr. Shawntel Landry

Dear Students,

Each year at Commencement, I have the privilege of meeting our graduates in person, and I am reminded again of American College of Education’s critical role in higher education. Graduation is a time for celebrating and connecting. Students meet their online colleagues, celebrate with friends and family, and tell our faculty and staff, 'I made it because of you.'

Connection is essential to our relationships, and it is what makes your education so valuable. As educators, we connect with our students, parents, colleagues, and our community. We connect students to what they need to learn. We make connections through technology, which continues to change the landscape of education. As life-long learners, we connect what we have learned in the past to what we will learn in the future.

It is my pleasure to announce the theme of our 2016 Commencement: “Making the Connection.” I encourage all eligible graduates to attend ceremonies with us in Indianapolis. However, in the spirit of connection, we will also offer a virtual commencement so our remote graduates can join us.

Visit our website for full details, and use hashtags #MakingtheConnection2016 and #ACEGrad2016 on Facebook and Twitter to share your experiences as we approach the ceremony. I look forward to connecting with you all!

Best Wishes,
Dr. Shawntel Landry


Please contact Student Support at or 1-800-280-0307 with any questions you may have regarding graduation.

Determine graduation eligibility

All students should be aware of the criteria to graduate and evaluate their own progress for program completion. To attain graduate status, all students must have a degree audit performed after the 12th course by the Registrar's Office and:

  • be in good academic standing
  • have completed all coursework within the specified degree program with a grade point average of 3.0 or above
  • have completed all required internship hours confirmed by the Internship Review Committee
  • have completed the Capstone Experience confirmed by the chair of the Capstone Committee with the certificate of completion of program requirements
  • have completed the specified degree program within the maximum time frame allowed by the College
  • have no outstanding payments due
  • be in 'graduate status,' or anticipate a graduation date of no later than September 25, 2016 in order to participate in the 2016 Commencement and order regalia

If a graduation date is extended due to a change in enrollment or class progression to a date later than September 25,2016, the student will no longer be eligible to participate in this year’s commencement.

Use the Degree Map

The Degree Map feature located under the My Academics menu in MyACE Student Portal will help you evaluate how many more courses you must complete before you have met the requirements for your degree.

Confirm diploma information

To view and update your record for accuracy, log into the MyACE Student Portal. Under Personal Information, you can update your address, phone number and email.

First and middle names may be complete or initialed, but must match your name in the student portal. Omission of first name is acceptable. Last names should match your last name exactly in the MyACE Student Portal.

Suffixes, such as Sr., Jr., III, etc., may be used if included in the student portal and documented in the student record on the student's original application, a transcript from another school, or a Certificate of Birth.

Hispanic maternal surnames may be included if documentation is provided to the Registrar's Office for the student record. Proper documentation is a copy of a Certificate of Birth showing the maternal surname, or on the student's original application.

Hyphenated maiden-married last names may be used, provided the student's file and student portal have documentation to verify the names. A Change of Student Information Form accompanied by a Certificate of Marriage will be required if a name change has not been processed since the marriage. In all cases, verification will be based on information in the student portal and the Registrar's Office student's record and not on information provided verbally or only via emails to Student Services.

Neither titles nor degrees previously earned will be included as part of a graduate's name on a diploma.

A diploma may be ordered with a new name in expectation of a name change. If this is done, the diploma will not be delivered until an official Change of Student Information Form is provided to the Registrar's Office with supporting documentation. Any re-printing of a diploma caused by this type of order will be charged to the student.

For questions about Graduation and Commencement, please click here.  

Celebrate with Commencement

Earning your degree is a great achievement and an important reason to celebrate. Each year, American College of Education honors our graduates with one commencement ceremony.

Commencement offers a unique opportunity to meet faculty and fellow students in person, and to cultivate friendships that began in your online program. Participation is optional, and you are responsible for your travel arrangements and regalia if you choose to attend.

2016 Summer Commencement & Reception details

We are pleased to announce the theme of the 2016 Commencement is “Making the Connection.”

The 2016 Commencement will take place in our home state of Indiana to celebrate the connections you have formed over the past months, and your many accomplishments.

Date: Saturday, July 30, 2016
Location: The Center of the Performing Arts – Home of the Palladium
Address: 355 City Center Dr., Carmel, IN 46032

All eligible graduates* are encouraged to attend in person, but if you are unable to make the trip to Indianapolis, we will also offer a virtual commencement ceremony.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for event updates, and be sure to use #MakingtheConnection2016 and #ACEGrad2016 to share your photos and experiences as you prepare to finish your program and celebrate with us.

*Participants must be in 'graduate status,' or anticipate a graduation date of no later than September 25, 2016 in order to participate in Commencement and order regalia. If a graduation date is extended due to a change in enrollment or class progression to a date later than September 25,2016, the student will no longer be eligible to participate in this year’s commencement.

Commencement 2015 Video

Did you miss Commencement in Chicago last summer? Want to relive the excitement and energy of graduation day? The 2015 Commencement video is live on our YouTube page for your to enjoy and share with friends and family. View the video below, or visit YouTube to download and share the video.


The 2016 Request to Participate form is now available. Graduates* who plan to attend Commencement either virtually or in-person must fill out this form in order to participate in the ceremony. Graduates who do not plan to attend do not need to take any action.

Alumni who would like to attend Commencement can send an email to with the following information:

First Name
Last Name
Mailing Address
Number of guests (including yourself)

Graduation Day Schedule 

oin us for the entire fun-filled day of activities on Graduation day.  Schedule below. 

Saturday, July 30, 2016


Event Information

Event Location

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Prepare for Commencement! Pick up Welcome Packet, name tag, National Board Certified Teacher Cords, and receive line-up and staging information, and pick up regalia if needed

Palladium Foyer – Registration

Founders Room – Herff Jones


12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Meet & Greet – ACE Faculty and Administration

Founders Room

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.; 4 p.m.

Video testimonials – share your ACE experience

Box N

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.: 4 p.m.

Visit the Alumni Association – learn more about the launch of the new Association platform

Founders Room

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.; 4 p.m.

Graduate photos – Get your official graduation portrait by Stephanie Nicole Photography, or have your picture taken with friends and family.

Founders Room

1:30 p.m.

Doors Open

Palladium Theater

1:30 p.m.

Graduate & platform party line-up

Box Tier South

2 – 4 p.m.

Commencement Ceremony 2016

Palladium Theater

4 p.m.

Graduate reception – Following the ceremony, join us for a light reception and this additional opportunity to meet your ACE professors and fellow graduates. Light refreshments will be served.

Palladium Foyer – South Lobby

Regalia (Cap and Gown) 

Graduates* who plan to participate in Commencement must wear ceremony regalia. American College of Education's commencement regalia is provided by Herff Jones. Please visit the website and select American College of Education as your school to order your cap and gown. 

Graduates will first need to select a degree program, and then choose between three levels of graduation packages. Each level includes the ACE hood, gown, tassel, and cap. The only difference between each package is the number of announcements included with the order. Graduates may also choose to add additional announcements and other commencement memorabilia.

Graduates must place regalia orders by Tuesday, July 5 to avoid incurring late charges. Please contact Student Services by email at with questions regarding regalia.

*Participants must be in 'graduate status,' or anticipate a graduation date of no later than September 25, 2016 in order to participate in Commencement and order regalia. If a graduation date is extended due to a change in enrollment or class progression to a date later than September 25,2016, the student will no longer be eligible to participate in this year’s commencement.



This year's preferred hotel for Commencement is the Renaissance Indianapolis North in Carmel, Indiana. Graduates and their guests may now book hotel rooms for Commencement weekend at a special rate of $121.95 / day.

This upscale hotel near the Arts and Design District offers many nearby dining options, a heated swimming pool, free parking, and a fitness center. The hotel is also just a 3-mile drive from the Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts,where the graduation ceremony will take place.

Click here to reserve your special ACE group rate at the Renaissance. Rooms are limited, so make your reservations today!

If you have questions related to Commencement weekend, please direct them to Student Services via email at


Indianapolis Renaissance North 

The Indianapolis Renaissance North is a luxury hotel located in Carmel, IN, and it is American College of Education’s preferred hotel for Commencement 2016.

Named #1 in Event Satisfaction by Marriott International, Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel provides convenient access to The Palladium, where our Commencement 2016 ceremony will be held on Saturday.

Additionally, if you plan to extend your trip over the weekend, the hotel is located near the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Lucas Oil Stadium, Monon Trail, and Connor Prairie, as well as a variety of fine art galleries and world-class golf courses.

Please note direct public transportation is not currently available from the Indianapolis Metro Airport to the Renaissance hotel. 

Driving Directions from Indianapolis International Airport:

  • Take I-70 East
  • Take exit onto I-465 North To Exit 31 (Us 31/N. Meridian Street)
  • Continue north For 1.7 Miles
  • Turn right onto 116th St.
  • Make an immediate left turn onto Pennsylvania St.
  • Continue For .5 Mile
  • The Indianapolis Renaissance North hotel will be on the left at 11925 N. Meridian St. 

Visit here for further directions, travel, and parking information at the Indianapolis Renaissance North Hotel. 

The Indianapolis Renaissance North offers free parking for guests.

Public/Alternative Transportation

Visit IndyGo for public transit options if you plan to visit downtown Indianapolis or other parts of the city.

Indianapolis International Airport

Alternate transportation: Black Car Service available at airport; reservation required.
Estimated taxi fare: $75 USD (one way)

  Visit IND airport website   Driving directions


  • Complimentary on-site parking

Bus Station

Train Station

Car Rentals

  • Hertz  10290 N Meridian St. Indianapolis, Indiana 46290



It is strongly recommended that you and any guests plan to arrive around 12:00 PM ET to avoid traffic delays and get settled. FREE parking  is available in the parking garage at City Center. Directions to the parking garage are provided below. 

From South and West 
Take 1-465 to exit 31. Go north on Meridian St. to 116th St. Turn right on 116 St. and follow to Range Line Rd.  Turn left. Turn left on Carmel Dr., then turn right on 3rd Ave. 

From South and East
Take I-465 to Keystone Ave exit. Go north to 116th St. Turn left on 116th St. following to Range Line Rd and turning right. Go north to Carmel Dr. and turn left. Turn right on 3rd Ave. 

From North 

Take US-31, turn left onto Range Line Rd. and follow south to the intersection of City Center/126th St. Turn right onto Center City, and turn left on 3rd Ave. 

Entering Garage 
You will turn into the Garage Entrance from 3rd avenue depending on the direction you are coming from. Once parking, you can exit from the north side exit. Once you exit, you will have a short walk to the Palladium entrance passing the Studio Theater on your right and the Tarkington to your left. 

The Palladium is located directly behind the parking garage between the Monon Walking trail and 3rd Avenue. You will enter the Palladium from the south entrance directly facing the parking garage. There will be directional signs for your convenience. 

To view a map, visit the parking garage map.


Our 2016 Commencement Keynote Speaker is Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch. 2016 Keynote Speaker Consuelo Castillo Kickbush

For teachers, our life’s work is best described as serving others. Many educational leaders have transitioned from military careers and want to continue a lifetime of service, starting with our country’s youngest citizens. Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch transitioned from an impressive 20-year career as an army officer to founding Educational Achievement Services, a company dedicated to empowering tomorrow’s leaders.

Though Consuelo grew up in an underprivileged immigrant community, she benefited from a family life rich in culture, tradition, values and faith. During her military career, she broke through language and cultural barriers and set records in the military, where she became the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field of the U.S. Army.

Instead of continuing in the military, however, she decided to honor her mother’s dying wish to become a community leader.

Consuelo is dedicated to young people, especially those living under similar circumstances she had as a child. She has worked with more than one million children, parents, and educators in the most impoverished neighborhoods in America across 43 states. She inspires these young "diamonds in the rough" by encouraging them to believe that they can all make their dreams come true—to not give up hope, but rather to take charge of their lives and make a real difference in their families and communities by following a disciplined road map to success.

In 1998, Consuelo and a team of educators created the Family Leadership Institute (FLI)—a multi-faceted educational program focused on providing Hispanic families with knowledge, tools and inspiration to help their first and second-generation children succeed. In the past four years, the Family Leadership Institute, a branch of EAS, Inc., has graduated approximately 800 parents in five states.

Consuelo’s accomplishments have garnered numerous awards and recognition from educational institutions, government agencies, professional organizations, and national media outlets. She is a recipient of the Legion of Merit, the National Defense Service Medal, four-time recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal and the Toastmaster’s Leadership Award.

In 2005 she was honored with the prestigious National Mujer Award by the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI). Also in 2005, Consuelo received the Society of Our Wise Women Award from Bennett College and was appointed to their Board of Trustees. In the national media, she has been profiled on the Lifetime Network, National Public Radio, O Magazine, the syndicated television program “Hispanics Today,” Hispanic Business magazine's “100 Most Influential Hispanics in America,” LatinaStyle, Vanidades, and Glamour. Features on Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch have also appeared in English and Spanish-language magazines and newspapers across the country. In the book, Mustang Sallies: Success Secrets of Women Who Refuse to Run with the Herd, Fawn Germer lists her among women “who've got the brains, the guts, and the drive to change the world.”

Consuelo consults and serves as a featured motivational speaker for corporations and government agencies to develop their employees' leadership skills and performance. She firmly believes businesses need strong leaders and a talented, diverse workforce in order to compete successfully on the global stage.

Consuelo currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she remains a loving and supportive wife to her husband, LTC (Ret.) David Kickbusch, and mother to her five daughters.

We are honored to invite Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch to share her story of "Making the Connection" across socioeconomic and cultural barriers to empower America’s youth.

Details for 2016 Commencement coming soon!


Please visit the Graduation and Commencement FAQ.


Details for 2016 Commencement Weekend activities will be announced in the coming weeks.


The ACE Alumni Association continues the College's tradition of improving education through shared knowledge and experience. Visit the Alumni Association page for more information on the resources available and to join the association. For questions about the association, contact

*Travel arrangements provided by ACE include transportation for the honoree and one guest up to $1,000, as well as two nights of hotel accommodations. The recipient is responsible for transportation expenses in excess of $1,000, as well as meals and incidentals.

Previous Alumni Achievement Award Recipients

Summer 2015: Justice Stamps

M.Ed. in Educational Technology, Class of 2014
Executive Director of Marion Nzinga Stamps Youth Center

Summer 2014: Dave Stuart

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, Class of 2012
English and World History teacher at Cedar Springs High School

Winter 2013: Shawn Wigg

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Class of 2012
Algebra teacher at Florida Virtual School.

Summer 2013: Samantha Reid

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership, Class of 2013
French teacher at a prominent all-boys high school in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica.

Winter 2012: Kristen Rulison

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership, Class of 2012
Reading Specialist at Palm Beach County Schools, Palm Beach, FL

Summer 2012: Jeremy Heck

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Class of 2010
Assistant Principal at Indian Oaks Academy of Manteno, IL