Graduation & Commencement



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

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

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

More details coming soon!

Commencement 2015 Video Now Available!

Did you miss Commencement in Chicago this summer? Want to relive the excitement and energy of graduation day? The 2015 Commencement video is now 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 not yet 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 are also encouraged to fill out the form and select 'I will NOT be attending.


Graduates* who plan to participate in Commencement must wear ceremony regalia. This year's regalia will be provided by Herff Jones. Please visit the website and select American College of Education as your school to order your cap and gown. You may also order announcements, diploma frames, and other Commencement memorabilia through this website.

 *Participants must be in 'graduate status.'


Information regarding 2016 hotel accommodations will be available in early 2016.

The 2016 Commencement Keynote Speaker speaker will be announced in coming months.

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 months.


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

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