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Graduate Level Commencement

Commencement Update

Is Commencement canceled? 
Commencement is postponed. But it is not canceled. We know how important this milestone is, and we are determined to find a way to recognize the hard work and successes of our students. We’re currently investigating options for alternative dates and alternative formats. Regardless of when that happens, you’ll receive the degrees you’ve earned at the end of this semester. We’ll communicate new plans when we know them.​  

What do alternate options for Commencement look like?
As for alternative options for celebrating this year’s graduates, these decisions affect you and we want you to be a part of the decision-making process. While nothing is ever guaranteed, we will be taking the results of the survey we sent to graduating students into consideration.

Should I still order a cap and gown? Will the deadline be extended? 
The deadline to order your cap and gown has been extended. However, our recommendation is to wait to place your order because the University is still investigating options for alternative dates and formats. ​

Will I get a refund on my cap and gown?
If you’ve already ordered your cap and gown, Herff Jones, our cap and gown supplier, will be shipping it out to you at no cost. To update your shipping information, visit the Herff Jones website. If you would prefer a refund of your cap and gown (including tassel, stole, hood, etc.), you can request a refund directly from Herff Jones. Herff Jones will refund your unused and unopened regalia up until your original May ceremony date. Please keep this in mind as, at this moment, we do not have any alternate dates or alternate formats confirmed. 

Does this mean that I won’t graduate? 
We know how important this milestone is, and we are determined to find a way to recognize the hard work and successes of our students. Regardless of when or how that happens, you’ll receive the degrees you’ve earned at the end of this semester. For more information about your specific situation, please contact the Office of Student Assistance at osa@pace.edu.

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.