A Letter from 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.'

IMG_9096Connection 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.

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.

I encourage you to view our website for full details, and use hashtag #ACEGrad2019 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to share your experiences as we approach the ceremony. I look forward to connecting with you all!

Best Wishes,

Dr. Shawntel Landry

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*:

  • 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 22, 2019 in order to participate in the 2019 Commencement and order regalia

*Ed.D. students must successfully defend their dissertation at least 30 days prior to commencement. If the dissertation is not successfully defended for any reason, the candidate will no longer be able to participate in commencement.

If a graduation date is extended due to a change in enrollment or class progression to a date later than September 22, 2019, the student will no longer be eligible to participate in this year’s commencement.

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.

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.

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.

The 2019 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 27, 2019
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.

This year’s post-ceremony reception is generously sponsored by the ACE Alumni Association. Reception will include complimentary hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and refreshments for graduates and their guests.

*Ed.D. students must successfully defend their dissertation at least 30 days prior to commencement. If the dissertation is not successfully defended for any reason, the candidate will no longer be able to participate in commencement.

If a graduation date is extended due to a change in enrollment or class progression to a date later than September 22, 2019, the student will no longer be eligible to participate in this year’s commencement.

Registration Now Closed
The deadline to register for Commencement was June 30, 2019.

Virtual Attendance

Graduates who registered to attend virtually can view the live stream of the ceremony. The link will be sent via email to registrants prior to the event. Virtual graduates will have their names read aloud with their degree program after in-person graduates have been called. 

Once available, the link can also be shared with friends and family so loved ones near and far can share in your accomplishment with you. 

*Ed.D. students must successfully defend their dissertation at least 30 days prior to commencement. If the dissertation is not successfully defended for any reason, the candidate will no longer be able to participate in commencement.

If a graduation date is extended due to a change in enrollment or class progression to a date later than September 22, 2019, the student will no longer be eligible to participate in this year’s commencement.

Graduates* are required to place regalia orders by Monday, June 25 to avoid incurring late charges. 

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.

Please contact Student Services by email at graduation@ace.edu with questions regarding regalia.

*Ed.D. students must successfully defend their dissertation at least 30 days prior to commencement. If the dissertation is not successfully defended for any reason, the candidate will no longer be able to participate in commencement.

If a graduation date is extended due to a change in enrollment or class progression to a date later than September 22, 2019, the student will no longer be eligible to participate in this year’s commencement.

Graduation Day Schedule

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

Saturday, July 27, 2019


Event Information

Event Location

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Prepare for Commencement! Pick up Welcome Packet, name tag, National Board Certified Teacher Cords, Kappa Delta Pi cords, Honor Grad cords, and receive line-up and staging information

Palladium Foyer – Registration

Founders Room – Herff Jones


12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Informal Meet & Greet – ACE Faculty and Administration

Founders Room

12:30 – 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.

Theater Room Doors Open

Palladium Theater

1:30 p.m.

Graduate & platform party line-up

Box Tier South

2 – 4 p.m.

Commencement Ceremony 2019

Palladium Theater

4 p.m.

ACE Alumni 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

Graduation Day Parking 

It is strongly recommended that you and any guests plan to arrive around 12:00 PM ET to avoid traffic delays. The venue doors will open at 12:30 PM ET. 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. 

Graduate Portraits

Capture your special day by having your FREE official graduation portrait taken by Stephanie Nicole Photography on Saturday, July 27 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Founders’ Room.

Stephanie Rounds of Stephanie Nicole Photography is a sought-after, award-winning photographer who loves capturing the authentic beauty of her clients. Her ten-year portfolio includes weddings, families, corporate portraits, personal achievements, and non-profit organizations, inclusive of locations around the United States and Europe.

If you’d like to have your official graduation portrait taken or just get a photo with your friends and family before the Commencement ceremony begins, make sure you arrive with plenty of time to spare. Photos will be ready one week after the event, and graduates will receive an email with details about how to access their photos.

Additionally, you will receive an information card on graduation day detailing how to download all your Commencement photos after the event. All photographs will be available for download via an online gallery courtesy of Stephanie Nicole photography.


Hotel Information (**SOLD OUT**)

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 $139.00 per night.

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.

Please book your room as soon as possible, as these will go fast! If you book by phone, be sure to tell them you're with the American College of Education Commencement Group to receive the discounted rate!

If you have questions related to Commencement weekend, please direct them to Student Services via email at graduation@ace.edu.

Travel from Indianapolis Airport

Indianapolis Renaissance North 

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: UBER and Lyft are available throughout the city, including the airport. Black Car Service is also available at the airport; reservation required.
Estimated taxi fare: $75 USD (one way)

  Visit IND airport website

Hotel Parking

  • Complimentary on-site parking

Bus Station

Train Station

Car Rentals

  • Hertz 10290 N Meridian St. Indianapolis, Indiana 46290

Lieutenant General William J. Lennox Jr. Bill Lennox

Lt. Gen. William Lennox Jr. graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1971 and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army. During his Army career, he commanded at every level of the field artillery. In 2001, Lennox became the 56th superintendent of West Point until 2006. During that time, he improved and strengthened the academic, military and athletic programs at the academy.  

Upon completion of his 35-year military career, Lennox served as a senior vice president of Goodrich Corp. in Washington, D.C., assisting in establishing its Washington office. He also served from 2015-2018 as president of Saint Leo University, one of the first American universities to provide distance learning opportunities. 

In addition to his undergraduate degree from USMA, General Lennox holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in literature from Princeton. 

Graduation is a significant accomplishment and deserves to be celebrated. If you’re looking to turn Commencement into a weekend-long celebration. ACE has put together a suggested list of attractions in Indianapolis for graduates and their families to enjoy at their leisure.

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is the world's largest and the fourth oldest. The five-story building houses 10 major galleries exploring the physical and natural sciences, history, foreign culture and the arts. Highlights include the Dinosphere, the world's largest water clock, a turn-of-the-century carousel, and the Space Quest Planetarium. There is a purpose behind each display, a story to tell with each exhibit, and an idea to unfold in each gallery! The museum's excellent educational presentation is extremely appealing to children (as well as adults) and offers a guaranteed day of fun learning!

Indianapolis Zoo

Trek through an Amazon rain forest, visit an Indiana pond, and catch a panoramic view of polar bears underwater. Dolphins are anxious to perform especially for you in the arena and the dolphin adventure dome. Journey into the desert amidst lizards, tortoises, snakes and meerkats. Venture down a winding path for a trip to Africa and Australia where you will find giraffes, gazelles, and zebras grazing, lions roaring, elephants bathing, and Australian birds displaying their beautiful colors. All of this and more awaits your discovery at the Indianapolis Zoo. Numerous animals are also available for interaction with the children of the group at the "petting barn."

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

Spanning 800 wooded acres in central Indiana just minutes north of Indianapolis, Conner Prairie is a nationally acclaimed interactive history park that depicts Midwestern life in the 1800's. Conner Prairie offers seven outdoor destinations, five of which are historically themed, and two indoor experience areas that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shaped society today.

Alumni Attendance

Past ACE graduates who would like to observe the 2019 Commencement festivities in Carmel, IN can send an email to alumni@ace.edu with the following information: 

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

When arriving on-site, please check-in at the registration desk to pick up your alumni nametag.

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*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.

Our Alumni continue the College's tradition of improving education through shared knowledge and experience. Visit the Alumni page for more information. For questions, contact alumni@ace.edu.