Jul 23, 2024  
ACE Catalog - Volume 19 
ACE Catalog - Volume 19 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Conferral and Commencement Policies


Certificate Completion Requirements

In general, certificates are granted to students who have satisfactorily completed a course of study as outlined in the catalog while maintaining a minimum of 2.50 GPA. Transcript documentation and a printable certificate is available.

The Transition-to-Teaching certificate requires the satisfactory completion of all coursework and student teaching experience with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 with no D’s or F’s. Transcript document is available. The College will also complete appropriate documentation for states, as needed.


Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Educational Specialist students who intend to participate in a commencement ceremony at American College of Education must be in “Graduate Status” within two terms of the commencement date.  For example, if commencement is held in July, students with expected graduation dates in August and September may participate.

Doctorate (Ed.D.) students who intend to participate in a commencement ceremony must be in “Graduate Status” by the date of the commencement. Furthermore, the academic team must confirm anticipated dissertation completion for all Ed.D. students prior to the student being allowed to participate in commencement.

Degree Conferral

Degrees will be conferred when the following requirements have been met:

  • Grade Point Average (GPA): Undergraduate students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0; Graduate students and RN to MSN students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0. 

  • A grade of “C” or better in all required program courses has been achieved.

  • All course and credit hour requirements and/or any field experiences are successfully completed. 

  • Bachelor’s level only: Demonstrated proficiency in all general education competencies.

Graduation Requirements

Students must be in good standing to graduate. Good standing is defined as achieving the required College academic standards and program requirements as outlined in the catalog.

The following requirements must be met before a student can graduate from American College of Education:

  • Satisfactory completion of all coursework.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Capstone Experience.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Dissertation Oral Defense for Ed.D. candidates.
  • Satisfactory completion of internship, practicum or student teaching, when applicable.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for Bachelor’s students and 3.0GPA for Master’s, RN to MSN, Specialist and Doctoral students with no D’s or F’s.

Graduation with Honors

ACE recognizes exemplary academic performance for graduates. ACE graduates of post baccalaureate degree programs will be awarded the honor of “Distinguished Graduate” if all degree requirements have been met, a cumulative GPA of a 4.0 has been achieved in program enrollment, and no academic or conduct violations occurred during the enrollment in the completed degree program.