Graduation & Commencement


Announcing the 2016 Commencement Theme: A Letter from Provost and Interim 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.'

Connection 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.

It is my pleasure to announce the theme of our 2016 Commencement: “Making the Connection.” 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.

Visit our website for full details, and use hashtags #​MakingtheConnection2016 and #ACEGrad2016 on Facebook and Twitter to share your experiences as we approach the ceremony. I look forward to connecting with you all!

Best Wishes,
Dr. Shawntel Landry


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

We are pleased to announce the theme of the 2016 Commencement is “Making the Connection.”

The 2016 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 30, 2016
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.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for event updates, and be sure to use #MakingtheConnection2016 and #ACEGrad2016 to share your photos and experiences as you prepare to finish your program and celebrate with us.

Commencement 2015 Video

Did you miss Commencement in Chicago last summer? Want to relive the excitement and energy of graduation day? The 2015 Commencement video is 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 no​w 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 do not need to ​take any action.

Alumni who would like to attend Commencement can send an email to with the following information:

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


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.

Graduates must place regalia orders by Tuesday, July 5 to avoid incurring late charges. ​Please contact Student Services by email at with questions regarding regalia.

*Participants must be in 'graduate status,' or anticipate a graduation date of no later than September, 25 2016 in order to participate in Commencement and order regalia.


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 $121.95 / day.

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.

Click here to reserve your special ACE group rate at the Renaissance. Rooms are limited, so ​make your reservations today!

If you have questions related to Commencement weekend, please direct them to Student Services via email at

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

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 ​weeks.


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