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ACE Commencement

Congratulations, class of 2024!

Commencement Venue


in the Old National Centre
502 N. New Jersey St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204 

  • The main entrance to Murat Theatre is located on the Alabama Street side of the venue under the marquee.
  • The entrance to the onsite parking lot can be found off Alabama Street.
  • Paid parking is available onsite for $20.
  • Street parking is also available via paid meters.

For information on local accommodations and other Indianapolis attractions, please head to  

Flying to Commencement?

ACE graduates and their guests can take advantage of discounted fares with Southwest Airlines. Eligible graduates should check their email for information on how to redeem.

2024 Commencement Ceremony Schedule

Friday, July 26, 2024 – Ed.D. Graduates Only

Saturday Morning, July 27, 2024

Saturday Afternoon, July 27, 2024

New in 2024: Meet Your Faculty

Following each ceremony, all graduates and their guests will be invited to a one-hour alumni reception held at the commencement venue where you’ll have the opportunity to meet and mingle with faculty members. All graduates who attend the reception will receive one complimentary drink ticket and a special alumni gift. 

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

All 2024 Ed.D. graduates will be recognized during the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, a separate ceremony which takes place the afternoon of Friday, July 26. The doctoral hooding ceremony is a time-honored tradition in academia where a graduate is recognized for their achievement as a doctoral scholar.  

Doctoral graduates will only participate in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, as they will walk the stage and have their degree conferred to them at that time. Ed.D. graduates will not be asked to walk the stage during the ceremonies on Saturday, July 27. However, if Ed.D. graduates would like to return for the Saturday ceremonies, they are welcome to do so as a member of the audience. 

Hooding Ceremony

2024 ACE Grad Boxes

Want to commemorate your graduation with something special? The 2024 ACE Grad Box is the perfect way to add some extra ACE pride to your celebrations. Containing ACE merch and an exclusive 2024 ACE Commencement shirt, this box is especially designed for all 2024 graduates to enjoy, both those who are participating in commencement and those who are celebrating in their own way. . 

Purchase Regalia and Graduation Products

Jostens has been a leader in graduation celebration services since 1897 and are the preferred provider for ACE regalia and other graduation products. However, graduates are allowed to purchase their regalia from other vendors if they so choose.

Please note that ACE will provide eligible in-person graduates with honors cords, NBCT cords and military veteran cords at commencement check-in. These cords do not need to be purchased separately by graduates attending commencement in person. KDP and Sigma members should have received cords directly from their organizations and are welcome to wear them at commencement.

Jostens provides the following services for ACE graduates: 

Graduation Caps and Gowns

Fine Quality Regalia

Affiliation Accessories

Custom Diploma Frames

Graduate Rings

Announcements

If you have any questions during the ordering process, please contact Jostens Customer Care directly at 800-854-7464 Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm CT.

2024 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Ivan Joseph

Ivan is an internationally renowned speaker, bestselling author, award-winning performance coach, in-demand consultant, prominent educator and accomplished leader. His TEDx talk, “The Skill of Self-Confidence,” has over 28 million views and was named by Forbes as one of the 10 Best TED Talks for Graduates on the Meaning of Life. Ivan holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and has served as vice president, director of athletics and faculty at four North American universities. During his 25-year career in academia, Ivan led cultural transformation, inspired people to believe in themselves and created cohesive teams. 

While serving as a professor and coach at Graceland University, Ivan developed the soccer program from the ground up, leading both the men’s and women’s teams to #1 national rankings. He also guided the men’s team to the first national championship in Graceland’s history in just five years. For this accomplishment, he was chosen by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics to be named National Coach of the Year. Ivan spent a decade as director of athletics at Toronto Metropolitan University, where he helped lead his department—and the university—to national prominence. Among his many accomplishments at TMU, Ivan spearheaded the landmark $100M renovation of the historic Maple Leaf Gardens. Under his leadership, TMU teams won the first provincial and national championships in the university’s history. 

Ivan has coached World Champions and Olympians. His research and leadership have focused on understanding how self-confidence and cohesion drive performance. Ivan now uses these skills to lead high-performing businesses, organizations and individuals from around the world. 

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Share Your Accomplishments

We’re so excited to celebrate your accomplishments with you! Below, you’ll find several congratulatory images that can be downloaded, printed or shared on social media. We invite you to share your photos with us by using the hashtags #ACEGrad2024 and #ACECommencement on social media.

ACE Commencement 2024 - Bachelors Degree Graduate
ACE Commencement 2024 - Masters Degree Graduate
ACE Commencement 2024 - Doctoral Degree Graduate
ACE Commencement 2024 - Mastered it at ACE!

Commencement FAQ

If you have any other questions please find our contact information here

Does commencement communication only go to my ACE email?

When does my account need to be paid in full so I can participate in commencement?

Will tickets be needed for guests and is there a limit on the number I can get?

What is parking like at the venue?

I will need ADA accommodations during commencement. What should I do?

I am a member of KDP. Will I receive KDP cords to wear at commencement?

As an Ed.D. graduate, can I walk in one of the ceremonies on July 27 instead of on July 26?

When is the last day I can register?

Information regarding grad boxes:

I missed the registration cut-off last year. Can I still participate this year?

I have family wanting to make travel plans and reservations. When will they be able to do that?

Will I receive honors cords if I am attending commencement virtually?

Can I change which ceremony I attend?

Can I change my mind to be virtual or in-person?

Can I submit a headshot for the virtual ceremony?

[Virtual commencement] Can I watch the livestream on a delay?

[Virtual commencement] Can I change which livestream ceremony I watch?

How do I wear my regalia?


2023 Commencement Highlights 

Experience the joy of 2023 ACE Commencement as we celebrated the accomplishments of our graduates. 

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