A Letter to our Graduates

As an ACE graduate or future 2021 graduate, I am sure you are wondering whether this year’s commencement will be affected by the coronavirus pandemic. IMG_9096That’s why I wanted to let you know as soon as possible that we have made the very difficult decision to hold a virtual-only ceremony for 2021. This virtual commencement will take place on Saturday, July 31, 2021.  
 
This decision was made after consulting with various officials and stakeholders. Additionally, asking everyone to travel to Indianapolis for the ceremony could potentially put our students, their families, and our staff and faculty at risk. While we had hoped to gather and celebrate your achievements in person, the health and safety of the entire ACE community must come first. 
 
The good news is that we have held a virtual commencement before! Last year’s virtual commencement was a success for our students, and we plan to do something even better this year to make sure our graduates’ accomplishments are recognized and celebrated.  
 
So, here’s what to expect: 
  1. We will be posting updates to this page very soon. Specifically, in the next two weeks, we will be adding the Jostens’ site where you can order regalia and other commemorative items to celebrate your accomplishment.  


  2. We will be sending out additional information about registration, which is required for graduates to be recognized during the event and to receive the popular ACE graduate box, in mid-to-late March. Please keep an eye out for this information! 


  3. Plenty of ways to virtually celebrate your accomplishments before, during, and after the event.   
Please know that I understand that many of you will feel disappointed regarding not celebrating your graduation in person. I truly empathize with these feelings. However, please know we will be diligently working to make this virtual event as memorable as possible for you.
 
We look forward to celebrating your accomplishments,  
 

Stephanie Hinshaw, Ed.D., M.B.A. 
Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs
American College of Education