Graduate-Level Commencement Guide 2011
CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE INTERIM PROVOST
Please read all the enclosed materials carefully. This pamphlet will guide you through the steps leading to Commencement. If you require more information, please feel free to contact your student commencement coordinator:
Kessel Student Center
New York City Campus
Student Development and
Campus Activities–New York City
41 Park Row, 8th floor
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Commencement for graduate-level candidates is scheduled for Sunday, May 22, 2011, at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza (Columbus Avenue and 65th Street) in New York City. The ceremony will begin at 4:00 p.m. Graduates must report for robing and formation of the
processional line by 3:00 p.m.
Students who expect to receive degrees in January, May, or September 2011 are welcome to participate in the May 2011 ceremony. Students in five-year programs are welcome to participate as undergraduate candidates at the May 2011 undergraduate ceremony.
REGISTRATION FOR 2011 GRADUATION IS CLOSED
If you need a letter from the University to verify your graduation date so that you may invite family from abroad, please contact the Office of Student Assistance no later than early March 2011. Please see the Invitation Letter for Commencement.
Graduates with F-1 student visa status planning to stay in the United States for post-completion Optional Practical Training should contact Mira Krasnov, assistant director of international students and scholars, at (212) 346-1368 in New York City or Cindy Cullen at the International Students and Scholars Office at (914) 773-3425 in Westchester.
Caps, gowns, and tickets will be distributed at the following locations and times:
New York City
One Pace Plaza
Wednesday April 27 12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Thursday April 28 3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
1 Martine Avenue
Friday April 29 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Each graduate will receive two tickets for guest admission. You do not need a ticket for yourself. Graduates who do not order their cap and gown online by the March 16 deadline will NOT be guaranteed two tickets.
If a graduate is unable to pick up tickets on the distribution dates (see Distribution Dates and Locations), we ask that a family member or a friend pick them up. A Pace ID and a letter of authorization signed by the graduate are required to pick up tickets. Tickets must be picked up by the final distribution date; otherwise, they will be forfeited. One additional ticket may be acquired through entering a lottery at cap and gown distribution. The lottery will occur only if there are tickets that are unaccounted for once all graduates receive their Commencement packets.
Commencement 2011 will be simulcast in real-time on a large screen in an air-conditioned tent at Damrosch Park which is part of the Lincoln Center complex. Damrosch Park is right behind Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. Those viewing the ceremonies at Damrosch Park will get an excellent close-up view of each graduate as they cross the stage to receive their diploma. The webcast can also be viewed live: 2011 Commencements at Avery Fisher Hall LIVE on Sunday May 22, 2011:Graduate-level beginning at 4:00pm 
Graduates who would like personalized announcements may order them from Herff Jones at: www.herffjones.com/college/pace .
Graduates who have completed all academic requirements and have no outstanding University holds (such as Collections, Financial Aid, Health Care Unit, Library, and/or Student Accounts) will have their diplomas mailed to them beginning Monday, June 27, 2011.
A professional photographer will take individual pictures of each graduate during the Commencement ceremony. Proofs will be mailed to you with an order form and pricing information.
A student speaker will be chosen from the graduate-level candidates who apply for this honor. Speeches run approximately three to four minutes in length (400 to 750 words). If you are interested in applying to be the Commencement speaker, New York students should contact Mary Stambaugh in the Communication Studies Department at (212) 346-1510 and Westchester students should contact Diane Cypkin, PhD, at (914) 773-3529 by Friday, March 4, 2011.
If you are interested in auditioning to sing the National Anthem at Commencement, please submit an audiotape of your rendition to the Office of the Dean for Students by Friday, March 4, 2011. You can contact the office in Westchester at (914) 773-3351 and in New York at (212) 346-1306.
If you or any of your guests are disabled and will need special accommodations before, during, or after the ceremony, please notify your student Commencement coordinator prior to cap and gown distribution.
It is a violation of University policy for anyone to possess or consume any alcoholic beverage during any part of the Commencement program. It is also the policy of Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center that alcoholic beverages of any kind are not allowed in the facility. Any violation of this policy may disqualify a graduate from participation in the Commencement program.
Out of respect for our graduating students, guests, and Commencement speakers, all graduates are required to stay for the entire ceremony. The ceremony should not exceed three hours. Please plan accordingly.
A postcard will be sent to you in April reminding you of the cap and gown distribution dates. Tickets and instructions for the ceremony will be given to you at cap and gown distribution.
If you need further information regarding Commencement, please contact your student Commencement coordinator or visit: www.pace.edu/commencement.
GRADUATION PLEDGE OF SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY
2011 is the third year all graduating students will have the opportunity to take part in the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility at Pace University. Individuals wearing the commemorative pin at Commencement will have voluntarily pledged to make a commitment to be socially and environmentally aware of the decisions and choices they make in their lives. The Pledge reads, "I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of the choices I make in my daily life as well as in any job I consider. I will try to improve these aspects at home and with any organization for which I work."
Students who pledge take part in a global effort to actively pursue solutions for a sustainable world—meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of the future. Administrators, faculty, and staff wearing the pin also will have taken the pledge in support of its principles. Visit the Graduation Pledge table at any cap and gown distribution location for more details or visit: www.pace.edu/greenpledge.