SOURCE: American College of Education

American College of Education

June 23, 2011 11:00 ET

American College of Education Honors 221 Graduates, Mayor Proclaims Graduate Day

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Jun 23, 2011) - American College of Education (ACE) announces it will hold its Summer 2011 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 25 at the Navy Pier in Chicago. The semi-annual event will honor the 221 graduates who are in attendance with master of education degrees.

In addition, to honor the College's mission to provide affordable, accessible and relevant graduate programs for educators, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proclaimed June 25, 2011 as American College of Education Graduate Day.

At the commencement, the distance learning college will confer 100 Masters of Education degrees in Curriculum and Instruction; 117 Master of Education degrees in Educational Leadership; and for the first time, four Master of Education degrees in Educational Technology.

Graduates attending the commencement ceremony hail from several states, the majority from Illinois, Florida and Louisiana. Other states represented include Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

Dr. Deborah M. Jewell-Sherman, director and senior lecturer in the Urban Superintendents Program at Harvard Graduate School of Education, will deliver the commencement address. Jewell-Sherman, a former teacher and principal, was named Virginia's superintendent of the year in 2008 after her impressive tenure in the Richmond school district.

Two American College of Education alumni, Anita Ivory, lead literacy teacher, John H. Hamline Elementary School, Chicago Public School, and Gail Blanchard will also deliver addresses.

"We are proud of all the graduates of American College of Education, those who will be in attendance at the Commencement Ceremony and those who are unable to join us," said Sandra J. Doran, president of American College of Education. "This is a fulfillment of their dedication and commitment to becoming teachers and school administrators who seek to grow intellectually and enhance their classroom effectiveness and district leadership skills."

American College of Education celebrates the commencement of its graduates in a unique environment in which they get to meet their classmates in person and cultivate friendships that began in the online program. Commencement has witnessed many celebrated graduates, among them recipients of the prestigious Golden Apple and Teacher of the Year awards.

American College of Education was established in 2005, but its roots go back to 1858 through its predecessor, Barat College. The organization offers master's degree programs in educational leadership, curriculum and instruction, and educational technology, with endorsements or concentrations in ESL, bilingual education, reading, math and science. In addition the College delivers professional development courses designed to address specific state and district needs.

About American College of Education
American College of Education is solely dedicated to providing educators the most affordable, high-quality online master's degree programs in education. The College's vision is to dramatically improve student performance by enhancing the instructional effectiveness of teachers through transformative technology and innovative online learning. Based in Chicago, IL, American College of Education is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA). For more information visit

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