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New York City Undergraduate Commencement

Updated April 29, 2020

Commencement Update

Is Commencement canceled?
Commencement is postponed. But it is not canceled. We know how important this milestone is, and we are currently investigating options for alternative dates. 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? *Updated April 29, 2020*
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 this spring. Please join us for the Class of 2020 Virtual Celebrations taking place on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. ET. These digital events will be school/college-specific and will recognize students at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels across all campuses.

What will a postponed in-person ceremony look like? *Updated April 29, 2020*
The Class of 2020 Virtual Celebrations are 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. Once we have further information, we will communicate our plans with you.

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.

If I am having my cap and gown shipped to my home, when will I receive it?
The Herff Jones distribution center has recently been able to re-open, after being forced to temporarily close due to COVID-19 restrictions. While the Herff Jones distribution center is now open, they are working with a limited crew. Herff Jones is doing everything possible get regalia shipped to homes as soon as possible, but due to their forced, temporary shutdown and limited crew, delays should be expected.

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

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.