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_9096 That’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

Registration Now Open!

We are pleased to announce registration for the 2021 American College of Education Virtual Commencement is now open! The ceremony will be streamed live at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 31.

  • If you would like to be recognized during the ceremony, you must register in advance. Please visit our registration page and complete the form by June 6, 2021, to officially register and be included in the ceremony.

  • Graduates who register for the 2021 Virtual Commencement will be able to submit an optional headshot photo in the coming weeks that will display along with your diploma during the live stream as your name is read aloud. A separate email will be sent to registrants at a later date requesting photo submissions.

  • Additionally, ACE will be sending registrants a congratulatory gift box to their address on file in July, complete with a few surprises to commemorate your accomplishments. (If you need to update your address, log in to the MyACE portal, ASAP.)

  • Students wishing to purchase regalia may do so by visiting the link above to Jostens. Please note: Regalia is not required to participate in virtual commencement and is being offered only as an option if you wish to wear regalia at home.

  • If your name needs to be changed in your ACE records, you will need to submit your request via the MyACE portal ASAP and follow all instructions for submitting documentation to the College. It could take up to 48 hours to process your name change request. Please do this prior to registering for the event.

    More information will be coming as the Virtual Commencement date gets closer. In the meantime, if you have any questions relating to the ceremony, please email Student Services at graduation@ace.edu.


ACE Partners with Jostens for Upcoming Virtual Commencement Ceremony

We're excited to celebrate your accomplishments on July 31, 2021! Jostens, a leader in graduation celebration services since 1897, will be providing a number of services to our 2021 graduates, including:

Graduation Caps and Gowns offer you regular one time use outfits for each degree level. Each complete outfit (cap, gown, tassel, and hood (master and doctor) include a custom tassel drop and a custom zipper pull exclusively made for American College of Education.
Fine Quality Regalia is custom made just for you and is designed to be cleaned and pressed for use over the coming years (like a fine suit or outfit). If you plan on attending several ceremonies in the future, this is a great option to consider. Three different choices for Doctoral – from the top of the line Windsor to budget minded Bristol. All include a tam, tassel, hood, and gown. Even a Master level cap, gown, tassel, and hood option are available.
Affiliation Accessories allow to add some additional customization to your regalia. Several options to choose from, including Armed Forces stoles.
Pre-sized for your ACE diploma, with several different options of framing. Additional options include frame moulding, matting, medallion or foil color, and glass. All frames are shipped directly to you with simple instructions and even a level kit. BONUS! SAVE 20% OFF THE COST OF YOUR CUSTOM DIPLOMA FRAME! ENTER “MYFRAME” AT CHECKOUT. Sale ends June 30, 2021.
Checkout the newest style in Class Rings – The Affinity Collection by Jostens. You customize the ring to your unique style and flavor.
Don’t forget to tell your friends and extended family of your success with Personalized Announcements from Jostens. Checkout their site for a large selection to choose from.

Click here to explore all product options and order your regalia.

Online ordering for graduation caps and gowns will close on June 24, 2021. This deadline allows you to receive your regalia in time for the July 31 Virtual Commencement.

If you have any questions during the ordering process, please contact Jostens Customer Care directly at 800-854-7464 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time.


Alumni Achievement Award

The American College of Education Alumni Achievement Award was created in 2012 and is presented by the Academic Dean during each commencement ceremony to an alum who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and provided outstanding service to the College.

The award includes a commemorative plaque. The honoree will also present an acceptance speech during the 2021 Virtual Commencement ceremony on July 31, 2021.

For more information, and to apply, click here.