Students in their graduation robes smiling at the camera.

Commencement 2022

  • Yes. For the first time ever, Pace’s Commencement will be held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York. This historic and expansive space will allow us to hold one main ceremony, followed by school-specific ceremonies at which each individual graduate will be recognized by name as they cross the stage.

  • Yes. All graduates from the Classes of 2020 and 2021 are invited to join both the main ceremony and their school ceremonies. All graduates must register to attend. Submit your Registration and Ticket Request Form by Tuesday, April 12, 2022.

  • Monday, May 16, 2022. The main ceremony will be held in the morning, followed by the school ceremonies. View the commencement schedule website for more information.

  • The main ceremony will be held in Arthur Ashe Stadium, which seats over 23,000 and includes a retractable roof, in case of rain. Visit the Commencement schedule website for more information.

  • The main ceremony will be held in the morning and school ceremonies will follow in the afternoon. Get more information on the Commencement Schedule website.

  • Pace’s first in-person Commencement in three years is an opportunity to rethink the day to make it even more special and celebratory. For several years, we have been at or near capacity for our traditional venues. Moving to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center gives us enough space for this year’s graduates and their guests plus graduates in the Classes of 2020 and 2021. We’ll also have time and space on the Tennis Center grounds for a festive celebration of our graduates.

    Questions? Please email studentcommencement@pace.edu.

Frequent Questions

  • Yes! All graduates must register to attend. Submit your Registration and Ticket Request Form by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

  • Yes! Each student from the Class of 2022 who is applying for graduation must complete the Application for Graduation and Diploma by March 4, 2022. Undergraduate students must have at least 90 credits and graduate students must have at least 24 credits to file this required application and receive a Degree Verification or Degree Works notification. Read more information on graduation and conferral of degrees.

  • No. Your diploma will be mailed to you at the address listed in your Pace Portal.

  • Fall ’21 or Spring/Summer ’22 Graduates OR

    Fall ’20 or Spring/Summer ’21 Graduates still on Optional Practical Training (OPT)

    In order for your family to join you for the May 2022 graduation ceremony, they will need a B1/B2 tourist visa. We are legally restricted from providing a B1/B2 visa invitation letter. However, we can support your personal invitation to a family member with a Letter Certifying your Student Status in the U.S. You may request the letter via ISS Connect. In addition, you should request a letter stating your graduation ceremony date from the Office of the Registrar. These two letters will support the tourist visa application. Please note, B1/B2 tourist visa processing time is lengthy, so plan ahead.

    Fall ’19 or Spring/Summer ’20 Graduates

    Due to the COVID-19 restrictions you only had a virtual graduation ceremony. You have completed your 12 months of OPT and you have left the U.S. If you want to participate in the May 2022 in-person graduation ceremony and want family members to join you, you and your family will need a B1/B2 tourist visa. We are legally restricted from providing B1/B2 visa invitation letter. However, we can support your B1/B2 tourist visa application with a letter stating your in-person graduation ceremony date. You may request the letter from the Office of the Registrar. Please note, B1/B2 tourist visa processing time is lengthy, so plan ahead.

Ceremonies

  • Yes, graduates will cross the stage at the college/school ceremony, not during the main ceremony. If you want to cross the stage, you must attend your college/school ceremony.

  • Yes, names will be called when graduates cross the stage and the college/school ceremony, not during the main ceremony. If you want to hear your name called individually, you must attend your college/school ceremony.

  • Yes, you will be able to view the live-streaming of all ceremonies. Information for viewing will be available soon. To see the time of each ceremony, visit the Commencement Schedule page.

  • All ceremonies will be live-streamed. Information for viewing will be available soon. To see the time of each ceremony, visit the Commencement Schedule page.

  • Information for viewing will be available soon. To see the time of each ceremony, visit the Commencement Schedule page.

  • NYC Mayor Eric Adams will receive his Honorary Degree and address graduates at the main ceremony.

    Baroness Ariane De Rothschild will receive her Honorary Degree at the Main Ceremony and she will address graduates at the Lubin School of Business ceremony.

    US Representative Grace Meng will receive her Honorary Degree and address graduates at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law ceremony.

Tickets

  • Each graduating student that has registered by the deadline can receive up to four main event tickets for guests to attend all festivities (the main ceremony and the school ceremony). Students that have registered by the deadline can also receive an additional two tickets for two additional guests to attend only their college/school ceremony.

    Students who have requested additional tickets by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2022, for more than six guests to attend their college/school ceremony, will have their request fulfilled.

  • No. We are not able to accommodate additional main event ticket requests.

  • Yes, we have additional availability for tickets to the college/school ceremonies only. Please email studentcommencement@pace.edu including the information listed below by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

    • Full name
    • UID
    • College/school
    • Class year
    • Your preferred email address for receiving the tickets
    • The number of additional tickets you are requesting

    These tickets are for the afternoon school ceremonies only. We are not able to accommodate additional main event ticket requests. If you requested tickets after March 25, 2022, your tickets are being manually distributed. Once your tickets have been distributed, you will receive an email about accepting your tickets in the inbox of the email address you provided when registering and requesting tickets. If you have emailed studentcommencement@pace.edu, your additional ticket request was received and will be fulfilled before May 16. We are manually distributing the additional tickets as quickly as possible, please keep checking your NTC Account Manager.

  • Tickets for graduates and their guests to attend Commencement 2022 are now accessible.

    Access your tickets by visiting NTC Account Manager and selecting Sign In. Be sure to use the email address you registered and requested tickets with. If you use a different address, your tickets will not appear in your account.

    If you do not have a Ticketmaster account connected to the email address you requested tickets with, you will need to select Sign Up and create a new account using the email address that you requested tickets with.

    If you need help, please consult these instructions for accessing your tickets (PDF).

    Save your tickets in advance. To enter the venue on May 16, 2022, you will show your ticket/s on your mobile device. When you access your tickets be sure to save them on your mobile device.

    If you do not have a mobile device, speak with a Tennis Center representative when you arrive at the entrance where tickets are being scanned for assistance.

    Transfer your tickets. Once you have obtained your tickets, you can transfer tickets to your guests to access and save for easy entry on May 16.

    If you need help, please consult these instructions for transferring your tickets (PDF).

    If you requested tickets after March 25, 2022, your tickets are being manually distributed. Once your tickets have been distributed, you will receive an email about accepting your tickets in the inbox of the email address you provided when registering and requesting tickets. If you have emailed studentcommencement@pace.edu, your additional ticket request was received and will be fulfilled before May 16. We are manually distributing the additional tickets as quickly as possible, please keep checking your NTC Account Manager.

  • Please follow the following steps to obtain your tickets.

    1. Access your tickets by visiting NTC Account Manager and selecting Sign In. Be sure to use the email address you registered and requested tickets with. If you use a different address, your tickets will not appear in your account. If you do not have a Ticketmaster account connected to the email address you registered and requested tickets with, you will need to select Sign Up and create a new account using the email address that you registered and requested tickets with.
    2. Save your tickets. To enter the venue on May 16, 2022, you will show your ticket/s on your mobile device. We recommend visiting NTC Account Manager in advance of the event and saving your tickets on your mobile device. If you do not have a mobile device, please speak with a Tennis Center representative when you arrive at the entrance where tickets are being scanned for assistance.

    If you need assistance, please consult these instructions for accessing your tickets (PDF).

  • Yes. Once you have obtained your tickets using the email address you registered and requested tickets with, you can transfer tickets to your guests to access and save for easy entry on May 16.

    If you need assistance, please consult these instructions for transferring your tickets (PDF).

  • All additional ticket requests for college/school ceremony tickets received before Thursday, May 12, 2022 will be fulfilled. Additional tickets are being distributed manually and will be transferred to your account before Monday, May 16, 2022. Once your tickets have been distributed, you will receive an email about accepting your tickets in the inbox of the email address you provided when registering and requesting tickets, or the email address you provided when emailing studentcommencement@pace.edu.

    To access your additional tickets, please visit NTC Account Manager in advance of the event.

    If you emailed studentcommencement@pace.edu requesting additional tickets, the tickets will be added to your account in advance of the event. We encourage you to continue checking your account for these tickets.

  • If you requested tickets after March 25, 2022, your tickets are being manually distributed. Once your tickets have been distributed, you will receive an email about accepting your tickets in the inbox of the email address you provided when registering and requesting tickets.

    Additional tickets will be distributed to the email address you provided when registering and requesting tickets, or when emailing studentcommencement@pace.edu. You will receive an email about accepting your tickets.

  • When arriving at USTA Billie Jean King National Center to enter the venue, please speak with a Tennis Center representative at the East Gate entrance where tickets are being scanned. They will assist you in entering the venue.

    Pace University will also have staff stationed at the East Gate entrance to assist.

  • No, tickets are not printable.

    If you are unable to show your ticket/s on a mobile device, that will not prevent you from entering the Tennis Center. When arriving at USTA Billie Jean King National Center to enter the venue, please speak with a Tennis Center representative at the East Gate entrance where tickets are being scanned. They will assist you in entering the venue.

    Pace University will also have staff stationed at the East Gate entrance to assist.

Transportation

  • Transportation will be provided from the Westchester campuses (Pleasantville and White Plains) for students who registered for a seat on the shuttle. Transportation will not be provided for guests.

    The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is easily accessible by public transit or car. Visit the Tennis Center website for more information.

  • Transportation will be provided from the New York City campus for students who registered for a seat on the shuttle. Transportation will not be provided for guests.

    The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is easily accessible by public transit or car. View the Tennis Center website for more information.

  • Event parking is at Citi Field, located next to the Tennis Center. The Tennis Center recommends using Grand Central Parkway exit 9E or Whitestone Expressway Exit 13D for the shortest route to available parking lots. Upon arrival, lot attendants will direct you to the appropriate area.

  • Yes, event parking starts at $30 per car and cash is not accepted. The Tennis Center encourages graduates and guests to expedite arrival by pre-paying for parking.

Cap and Gown

  • Please email Herff Jones to confirm you ordered your regalia for pick-up and what campus you need to visit for picking up.

    If you ordered your regalia for pick up at Pace’s Pleasantville Campus, please contact Sara Hukkanen at +1 (914) 773-3345 or shukkanen@pace.edu to schedule a time for picking up in the Kessel Student Center, Dean’s Suite.

    If you ordered your regalia for pick up at Pace’s New York City Campus, please visit the Student Engagement Office on the 8th Floor of 41 Park Row for picking up between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    Campuses are closed for picking up regalia on Saturday and Sunday.

    If you are unable to visit campus to pick up your regalia, you have the option to pick up at Commencement at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Monday, May 16, 2022.

  • If you ordered your regalia through the “homeship” option on the Herff Jones website, it will be delivered to the shipping address you entered when ordering. The last date to order regalia from Herff Jones was April 12, 2022. Herff Jones is no longer accepting orders at this time for Commencement on May 16, 2022.

  • The last date to order regalia from Herff Jones was April 12, 2022. Herff Jones is no long accepting orders at this time for Commencement on May 16, 2022.

  • The last date to order regalia from Herff Jones was April 12, 2022. Herff Jones is no longer accepting orders at this time for Commencement on May 16, 2022.

Policies for Attending Commencement 2022

  • Our goal is to recognize our graduates safely, and the Pace community will observe all New York State, New York City, and USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center COVID-19 requirements. USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center operates under New York City guidelines for entertainment venues. Currently, the city does not require either vaccines or masks for the venue. That may change if conditions change. Regulations are changing and we encourage you to visit USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center's website for updates. Pace is always a mask-friendly community, and we will welcome and support mask use by anyone who choose to wear one at Commencement 2022.

  • USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center operates under New York City guidelines for entertainment venues. Currently, the city does not require masks for the venue. That may change if conditions change. Regulations are changing and we encourage you to visit USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center's website for updates. Pace is always a mask-friendly community, and we will welcome and support mask use by anyone who choose to wear one at Commencement 2022.

  • Guests ages 2 and older are required to have a ticket and must be included in your ticket request form.

Planning for Arrival

  • If you or your guest require accommodation for accessibility at Commencement 2022, please email Kate Torres, director of the OASIS Program and Accessibility Resources, at ktorres@pace.edu.

  • Entry to USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center begins at 8:45 a.m. for graduates.

    Announcements will begin at 10:05 a.m. and the processional of University administrators and honorary degree recipients will begin at 10:10 a.m. The Main Ceremony will promptly start at 10:15 a.m.

  • Entry to USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for main event ticket holders begins at 8:45 a.m.

    Entry to the Tennis Center for college/school ceremony-only ticket holders begins at 11:30 a.m.

  • All graduates and guests must enter through the East Gate. Visit the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center website to view a map of the venue.

    For graduates and, or guests needing any accommodations for accessibility, please email Kate Torres, director of the OASIS Program and Accessibility Resources, at ktorres@pace.edu.

  • There will not be a processional for graduates at the ceremonies. Ushers will be present in each stadium to direct graduates to the appropriate sections for seating.

  • The USTA’s Grounds and Food Village will be open from 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Options will include snacks (think sodas, popcorn, pretzels) and heartier fare like burgers, pizza, hotdogs, and chicken fingers available for purchase. Or, bring something from home—graduation picnic? Yes, please.

  • No. Outside alcoholic beverages are prohibited from being brought into USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

  • In the periods between ceremonies, graduates and their families are invited to take photos and videos in front of our specially designed photo backdrops. Be on the lookout for our professional photographers—we’ll be sharing images of Commencement online later that week. Before you head home for the day, be sure to stop by our Alumni Relations table and our Career Services table.