A Letter from President Dr. Shawntel LandryAt American College of Education, the single moment each year that we most look forward to is commencement. Being an online college, all of us at ACE welcome the chance to meet our graduates and share in this important and emotional step of your journey.
I write to you today with a heavy heart to inform you that, due to the ongoing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, ACE will transition our in-person 2020 commencement ceremony to a virtual format. Our 2020 virtual commencement will take place on our originally scheduled date, July 25, 2020.
We are working in real-time to create a meaningful, virtual ceremony that will celebrate each one of our graduates and your accomplishments. In addition, every graduate will have the option to walk in our in-person, 2021 ceremony if you wish.
I recognize this is disappointing news for you and your guests who were planning to come to Indianapolis for the July 25 in-person ceremony. I am deeply disappointed, too, as commencement is my favorite day of the academic year. But as you undoubtedly know already, these are unprecedented times, and the health and safety of everyone who is part of commencement must take priority.
Details about the July 25 virtual ceremony will be emailed to you soon. We’re excited to celebrate your accomplishments with you! In the meantime, I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. I look forward to celebrating your accomplishments soon.
Dr. Shawntel Landry
President, American College of Education
ACE 2020 Virtual Commencement Details
This year, in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, ACE will be hosting a 100% virtual ceremony. Participation is optional, and more information will be shared with eligible graduates over the coming weeks.
Virtual Commencement Details
Date: Saturday, July 25, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. EST (a streaming link will be shared in the coming weeks)
Important Note for Ed.D. Students: 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.
For Bachelors, Masters, and Specialist Students: If a graduation date is extended due to a change in enrollment or class progression to a date later than September 20, 2020, the student will no longer be eligible to participate in this year’s commencement.
Registration Is Now Closed
The deadline to register for Commencement was June 26, 2020.
Only graduates who formally register will have their names read aloud during the conferring of degrees portion of the ceremony.
Graduates who have registered for the 2020 Virtual Commencement have the option to 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, if you choose to wear regalia at home.
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. Graduates may also choose to add announcements and other commencement memorabilia.
Please contact Student Services by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding regalia.
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 20, 2020 in order to participate in the 2020 Virtual Commencement
*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 20, 2020, the student will no longer be eligible to participate in this year’s commencement.
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.
Alumni Achievement Award
The American College of Education Alumni Achievement Award, created in 2012, 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 and travel arrangements for the honoree and one guest to the commencement ceremony.
The next American College of Education Alumni Achievement Award will be presented during the 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony on July 25, 2020. For more information about this award, and to submit your nomination, please visit the nomination form. The submission deadline is June 1, 2020.
To be eligible for this award, the nominee must be in 'graduate status' or anticipate a graduation date of no later than June 1, 2020.
If you have questions, please see the Alumni Achievement Award FAQ section.