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Commencement 2023

  • We will celebrate our Graduates at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens on Monday, May 15, 2023.

    There will be one main ceremony for all graduates, with the keynote Commencement speaker, and then individual school and college ceremonies throughout the day.

  • Pace will be hosting ceremonies in both Arthur Ashe Stadium, with a capacity of over 23,000; and Louis Armstrong Stadium, with a capacity of 14,000. Both stadiums are covered to accommodate inclement weather.

  • To participate in the event, each graduating student must complete the following steps:

Frequent Questions

  • December 2022, May 2023, and August 2023 are eligible to participate in our May 15, 2023 Commencement ceremonies. December 2023 graduates will be eligible for the May 2024 Commencement ceremonies.

  • Yes! All graduates must register to attend. Submit your registration to participate in Commencement ceremonies by Monday, March 13, 2023.

  • Yes! Each student from the Class of 2023 who is applying for graduation must apply for graduation by Monday, March 13, 2023. 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 following our Commencement exercises.

  • Fall ’22 or Spring/Summer ’23 Graduate–Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!

    For your family to join you for the May 2023 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 US. 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 your parent(s) tourist visa application. Please note, B1/B2 tourist visa processing time is lengthy, so plan ahead.

Ceremonies

  • Yes! All graduates will cross the stage and their names will be read at their college or school ceremonies, but NOT during the main ceremony. This means that if you wish to be individually recognized, you MUST attend your college or school ceremony.

  • Yes! You will be able to view the live-stream of all Commencement ceremonies. Information for viewing will be available closer to Commencement at www.pace.edu/commencement.

  • The award ceremonies for colleges and schools will be held leading up to Commencement on Pace’s campuses. The schedule including locations will be available soon.

Tickets

  • All graduating students who register to attend and request tickets for Commencement by the Monday, March 13, 2023, deadline will receive up to 8 guest tickets, plus a ticket for themselves. All graduates and guests ages 2 and older are required to have a ticket to enter the venue.

    If you requested additional guest tickets (more than 8), you will hear back via email by Friday, March 17, 2023 at the latest.

  • You will receive an email from Pace University with a link to your tickets via USTA’s NTC Account Manager closer to Commencement. You will then sign into the NTC Account Manager using your Pace University email address. If you use a different email address, your tickets will not appear in your account.

    Instructions (PDF) will be available closer to Commencement.

  • Yes! Once you have accessed your tickets, you can transfer tickets to your guests so they may enter the venue. There will be one ticket you cannot transfer, which will be your ticket.

    Instructions (PDF) will be available closer to Commencement.

  • 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 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.

  • When arriving at 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.

Graduation Regalia (cap and gown)

  • Yes! All graduates must wear academic regalia to participate in the main ceremony and school ceremonies. Academic regalia includes a gown, cap, and hood. Visit collegegrad.herffjones.com to place your order by Friday, April 14, 2023.

  • Regalia can be ordered through Herff Jones. Visit collegegrad.herffjones.com to place your order by Friday, April 14, 2023.

  • No. All orders will be shipped to the shipping address provided when placing the order. We recommend shipping your order to your preferred mailing address where you can receive packages.

  • Yes! You may ship to your on-campus address if you live in a residence hall.

  • We recommend shipping your order to your preferred mailing address where you can receive packages.

  • Please contact Herff Jones customer service using their online form or call +1(800) 837-4235.

  • Please contact Herff Jones customer service using their online form or call +1(800) 837-4235.

Transportation

  • Yes! Transportation will be provided from each campus (NYC, Pleasantville, and White Plains) for graduates who register for a seat on the shuttle by Friday, April 14, 2023.

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

  • No, 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. Go to the Tennis Center website for more information.

  • Yes, event parking starts at $30 per car and cash is not accepted. This cost is subject to change per Citi Field.

Accessibility Services

Policies for Attending

  • Guests ages 2 and older are required to have a ticket.

  • 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. Pace is always a mask-friendly community, and we will welcome and support mask use by anyone who chooses to wear one at Commencement 2023.