Sep 27, 2023  
ACE Catalog - Volume 24 
ACE Catalog - Volume 24 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Conferral and Commencement Policies

Awarding Posthumous Certificates and Degrees 

American College of Education may grant certificates or degrees posthumously. If the college determines that a deceased student has completed sufficient coursework (80% of program requirements) to be awarded a certificate or degree, the Department Chair, or designated academic official, has the authority to grant the degree posthumously.  

To award a posthumous doctoral degree, it is required for the student to have completed 80% of the program requirements and be in progress of RES6541 (Finalizing the Dissertation Proposal). 


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, Certificate, or Micro-Credential Conferral

Degrees, Certificates, and Micro-Credentials will be conferred or awarded when the following requirements have been met:

  • 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.

Additionally, the following requirements must be met:

Grade Point Average (GPA):

  • Degrees
    • 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. 
    • Note: RN to MSN students are required, per the RN to MSN Matriculation Policy, to have a 3.0 GPA for the BSN degree to be conferred.  
  • Certificate and Micro-Credential
    • Undergraduate students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0.
    • Graduate-level students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
    • Students enrolled in Certificate programs designed for licensure must have a GPA of 3.0.

General Education Competencies (GECs):

  • For a bachelor’s degree, the student must have demonstrated proficiency in all GECs.

Degree Conferral Fee

All students must submit the degree conferral fee.

  • The fee is waived for the following groups of students:
    • U.S. Veterans, active military members, members of the National Guard and Reserves and current spouses of each as verified through submission of a valid military ID or copy of DD214.
    • First responders defined as EMT/EMS, Firefighters, or Law Enforcement Officers.

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 3.0 GPA 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.