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Updated June 10, 2020

Commencement Update

What will a postponed in-person ceremony look like?
The Class of 2020 Virtual Celebrations were NOT a replacement for an in-person Commencement ceremony. Specific details about in-person ceremonies are still being worked out and will be dependent on a number of factors, including venue availability, changing government guidelines about New York State on PAUSE, and COVID-19 itself. The Commencement Committee is closely monitoring reopening guidelines. Once we have further information, we will communicate our plans with you.

Where can I view the Virtual Celbrations that aired on May 20th?
While we are planning an in-person Commencement ceremony for our 2020 graduates at a future date, we want to ensure that you and your families have the opportunity to celebrate your achievements. The Class of 2020 Virtual Celebrations are available for viewing on the Pace University YouTube page.. These digital events are school/college -specific an recognize stuednts at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels across all campuses.. For links to the celebrations and lists of all graduates, please head to our Class of 2020 website!

Can I still order a cap and gown? Has the deadline been extended?
The deadline to order your cap and gown has been extended, and the order form is open. Herff Jones is providing shipping at no additional cost until further notice. The University is still investigating options for alternative dates and formats, and will publish a deadline once a ceremony date is secured.

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 prior to receiving your regalia.

  • Herff Jones will refund your unused and unopened regalia. Please keep this in mind as, at this moment, we do not have any alternate dates or alternate formats confirmed.

If I am having my cap and gown shipped to my home, when will I receive it?
Herff Jones is doing everything possible to get regalia shipped to homes within 4 weeks of the order, but due to their forced, temporary shutdown and limited crew to allow for social disctancing, and high volumes of orders, delays should be expected. Please be patient as we all work to navigate present challenges.

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.