Students in their graduation robes smiling at the camera.

Will there be an in-person Commencement ceremony?

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.

When will Commencement be held?

Monday, May 16, 2022. The main ceremony will be held in the morning, followed by the school ceremonies. Plans are currently in development, and we will announce specific event times soon.

Which stadiums within USTA will be used for ceremonies?

The main ceremony will be held in Arthur Ashe Stadium, which seats over 23,000 and includes a retractable roof, in case of rain. We will share details on the school ceremonies as we develop plans.

What is the schedule for the main ceremony and school ceremonies?

The main ceremony will be held in the morning and school ceremonies will follow in the afternoon. Check back for details, which will be shared as they become available.

Will transportation be provided for students and guests from the Westchester campuses (Pleasantville and White Plains)?

We know this is an important concern for students, and we are evaluating options. We will announce plans soon.

Will transportation be provided for students and guest from the New York City campus?

Transportation will not be provided from the New York City campus; however, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is easily accessible by public transit or car. Visit the Tennis Center website for more information.

Where is parking for the Tennis Center?

Event parking is at Citi Field, located next to the Tennis Center. The cost is $25.00 per vehicle. Visit the Tennis Center website for more information.

Are the Classes of 2020 and 2021 invited to participate in the Commencement 2022 ceremonies?

Yes! All graduates from the Classes of 2020 and 2021 are invited to join both the main ceremony and their school ceremonies.

How many tickets will I get?

Each graduating student will receive four tickets for guests to attend all festivities (the main ceremony and the school ceremony). Students will also receive an additional two tickets for two additional guests to attend only their school ceremony. There will be an opportunity to request additional school ceremony-only tickets, and we will share further information soon.

Is there a deadline to apply for graduation?

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.

Will Classes of 2020 and 2021 graduates need to register for walking at Commencement?

Yes. We will share further information on how to register soon.

Why are we moving away from our traditional Commencement ceremonies?

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.