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Updated May 11, 2021

If you have specific questions that are not answered in the following FAQ, please see email studentcommencement@pace.edu.

When is the virtual Commencement?
Pace’s New York City undergraduate, Pleasantville undergraduate and graduate student (master’s and doctoral) virtual Commencement ceremonies will stream on Monday, May 17, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. ET; the Elisabeth Haub School of Law ceremony will be Sunday, May 16 at 1:00 p.m. Streamed events will be available to watch after they have concluded and will be posted on the commencement website.

How can I watch the virtual Commencement?
The link to the virtual Commencement ceremonies will be made live on the commencement website the morning of May 17, At 1:00 p.m. ET. Students and their families can tune into their virtual ceremony. Following the live stream, the virtual ceremonies will be made available for later viewing.

What is the virtual Commencement?
Pace will celebrate our graduating students’ success with virtual ceremonies for NYC undergraduates, Pleasantville undergraduates, graduate students, and Haub Law students. During the ceremonies, degrees will be officially conferred by Mark M. Besca '81, chairman of the Pace University Board of Trustees. Honorary Degree Recipients, award-winners, and student speakers will also be addressing the graduating class. By joining these streams in real time, the graduates can chat and celebrate with classmates, faculty, families, and friends.

What if I cannot tune in for the virtual Commencement?
After the live stream concludes, the recordings will be placed on the commencement website to be viewed at a later time (and as often as students and their families want).

Are there in-person celebratory events in addition to the virtual Commencement?
Yes! Pace is holding school-based, in-person celebrations for graduating students during the first week of May. These events are for graduating students only; no family members or guests will be permitted to attend.

  • Pleasantville will host their in-person celebratory events on Saturday, May 1 at the Goldstein Fitness Center.
  • NYC will host their in-person celebratory events on Monday and Tuesday, May 3rd and 4th at Pier 17.
  • To see the full schedule of in-person events, students can visit the commencement website.
  • Students MUST register to attend the in-person celebrations and can do so through the commencement website noted above. The deadline to register to attend an event is Sunday, April 25, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. ET.
  • Residential students who are planning to attend these events can opt to extend their stay in the residence halls until May 5. For more information, students should contact the Housing Office on their home campus.
  • There will be an opportunity for students to have their photo taken by a professional photographer during the in-person celebrations.
  •  The in-person celebrations will not be livestreamed, but they will be professionally recorded for inclusion in the stream of the virtual ceremonies on May 17.
  •  No food or drinks will be permitted at these events.

Can guests attend the in-person celebrations?
No, they cannot. Factors that impacted this decision included: time and cost of traveling for ceremonies and the risks associated with travel; social distancing; testing requirements; capacity guidelines for indoor and outdoor venues; changing quarantine guidance from New York State; and the availability of space.

What do I need to know with regard to COVID-related safety precautions for the in-person celebratory events?

  • Pace is committed to keeping our community safe during the pandemic, while still celebrating responsibly. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to be inclusive of our students who have not returned to campus this semester, we are hosting school-based virtual ceremonies where the official conferral of degrees will take place.
  • For our in-person celebrations, we are requiring that all graduating students who plan to attend submit proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test prior to attending, regardless of vaccination status.  For more information, visit the in-person celebrations page for detail on  “How to Participate”.
  • For more information about Pace’s COVID-19 policies and dashboard, visit the Return to Campus website.
  • We do not know how many people within our community have been fortunate enough to be fully vaccinated, so we will continue to adhere to all health and safety policies--this includes reduced capacity for both indoor and outdoor spaces, maintaining social distance, and wearing face coverings at all times.
  • We are closely following all health and safety guidance shared by federal, state, and local agencies. This guidance changes frequently and we need to be able to adapt quickly.

Will I have a Commencement picture taken?
Yes, there will be an opportunity for students to have their photo taken by a professional photographer during the in-person celebrations.

Will the in-person events be streamed for families and friends to watch?
The in-person celebrations will not be livestreamed, but they will be professionally recorded for inclusion in the stream of the virtual ceremonies on May 17. Make sure to watch the Commencement ceremonies on May 17 to see your student cross the stage during the ceremony!

Will the Class of 2021 have academic attire?
Academic regalia is optional for all of the graduation celebrations. Students interested in purchasing attire, should visit www.pace.edu/commencement/academic-regalia. If there are any questions regarding the status of an order, please reach out to Herff Jones at thegraduateguy@aol.com. Please note that if regalia was ordered after the April 7 deadline, do not expect to receive it in time for the in-person celebrations.

What if I’m not able to attend an in-person event; will my name still be called during the virtual ceremonies?
Yes, students who do not walk in an in-person event, will be able to see their picture with their name, as long as they submit a picture. The deadline to submit photos for the virtual events was Sunday, May 2, at 11:59 p.m. ET.  No additional photos can be submitted at this time. However, feel free to share your photos on social media using #PaceGrad2021.  Pace will be sharing your photos and videos on our social media channels.

I only need to take one summer class to fulfill my degree requirement; can I participate in Commencement?
Yes, all December 2020, May 2021, and August 2021 will be able to participate. Students should direct questions about eligibility for graduation, to their Advisor.

Do I still get my diploma?
Degrees are conferred upon members of the graduating class one at a time, after the final grades are posted for the final degree requirements of each student’s academic program. Pace is committed to conferring degrees within 45 days of the conferral date, provided that ALL outstanding requirements have been met and all grades submitted.

Pace confers degrees three times per year. The date of conferral that appears on the transcript is relevant to the term in which the final grade was posted.

  • May degree date: Last date of the Spring semester
  • August degree date: Last date of the Summer II semester
  • December degree date: Last date of the Fall semester

Please note: Degrees are conferred in batches in the order they were received, with one exception: priority is given to those with pending urgent transcript requests for licensing board examinations, employment-related matters, and professional certifications.

If I am a residential student, when do I need to move out?
Graduating residential students will be permitted to remain on campus for their in-person events until 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Please contact Residential Life if you have specific questions.

What about the Class of 2020 and that in-person Commencement event?
No decisions have been made as of yet, but the hope is to celebrate the Class of 2020 in some way during the Fall 2021 semester. Information will be shared when it is available.

What if I have additional questions?
Please contact the commencement committee at studentcommencement@pace.edu.