Section V

 

GRADUATION POLICIES, HONORS, AND AWARDS
 

Application for Graduation—Every candidate must file an Application for Graduation at the Office of Student Assistance by March 15 for January graduates and by September 15 for June and September graduates. Students who file their application by the filing deadline will receive a graduation evaluation letter from the graduation auditor.

Commencement—Commencement exercises are conducted once a year in May for the Westchester campuses and the New York City campus. Degree recipients in January and students who are candidates for graduation in June or September of the same year are eligible to participate in the Commencement Exercises in May. Students who have filed an Application for Graduation at the Office of Student Assistance by the filing deadline will receive information in late January regarding the Commencement Exercises.

Latin Honors—Bachelor’s degree students are awarded honors for high scholastic achievement on the following basis:

Summa cum laude    Final QPA of 3.85–4.00 
Magna cum laude   Final QPA of 3.65–3.84 
Cum laude    Final QPA of 3.50–3.64 


 

 


Graduation with Distinction—Students who have completed 32–59 credits at Pace University, and are therefore not eligible for Latin Honors, and who have earned a bachelor’s degree with a final QPA of 3.50 are eligible to receive their degrees with distinction. Graduates of the associate degree programs who have earned a final QPA of 3.50 and have completed at least 30 credits at Pace are also eligible to receive their degrees with distinction.

Commencement Awards:

Trustees’ Award—This award is presented to the graduating student whose positive contributions to University life and whose academic accomplishments exemplify the highest level of achievement attainable for an undergraduate. The student receiving the award must have completed a minimum of 60 credits at Pace.

Community Service Award—This award is presented to the graduating student whose active contributions to the life of the University community and to the endeavors of our neighbors in the surrounding community most admirably embody an appreciation for social responsibility. The student receiving the award must have completed a minimum of 60 credits at Pace with a Cumulative QPA of 2.75 or better.

The Henry Birnbaum Endowed Scholastic Achievement Award—This award is presented to a graduating full-time graduate or undergraduate student who has earned all of his/her degree credits at Pace University on the New York City Civic Center campus, who has shown outstanding scholarly aptitude during his/her tenure at Pace, and who has earned a quality point average of at least 3.8 upon graduation.

The Charles H. Dyson Award—This award is presented to the outstanding member of the Dyson College Society of Fellows.

Scholastic Achievement Award—This award is presented to the graduating students in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems excelling in scholarship, effectiveness in class discussions, research, and general performance in a bachelor’s degree program. The students receiving the award must have completed a minimum of 60 credits at Pace and be qualified at least for graduation cum laude.

Academic Leadership Award—This award is presented to the graduating students who best exemplified academic citizenship through integrating academic achievement and leadership skills to serve as a role model for other students. Students receiving this award must have a cumulative QPA of 3.3 or higher.