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Countdown to Commencement

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It’s the final countdown…and here are the final details on the Commencement need-to-knows: extra tickets, award ceremonies, overflow viewing, senior weeks, speakers, and more.

Here are a handful of things you may need to know:

I’ve Got a Golden Ticket…
Need an extra ticket to your Commencement ceremony? They’re holding a lottery for requests to help students accommodate all their extra folks who want to be part of your special date. If you have ordered your cap and gown and are requesting additional tickets, please fill out all the form here.

Too Many Family Members, So Little Space
For Westchester undergraduate students who don’t have enough tickets for your big family, although there is limited capacity in the Goldstein Fitness Center, guests can still enjoy Commencement at our alternate viewing site. Guests can enjoy the processional beginning at approximately 10:45 a.m. at the circle by Shirley Beth Way and watch the graduates process to the Goldstein Health and Fitness Center for the Commencement Ceremony. Then there will be a live video web cast beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Kessel Student Center in the Gottesman Room. 

If I Had Fourteen Dollars...Senior Class Campaign
My gift won’t make a difference. Pace doesn’t need the money. Someone else will do it. Wrong, wrong, and we’re not talking about someone else. We’re talking about you! Since 1993, the Senior Gift campaign at Pace University has been a student-led initiative that raises funds in support of Pace. This year, the Senior Class Committee of 2014 has elected to dedicate all funds raised to help support student scholarships and new Pace initiatives through the Annual Fund. The Senior Campaign gives seniors the opportunity to make your first contribution to assist current and future Pace students; an expression of solidarity with fellow Setters, gratitude to the faculty, and pride in your alma mater. Can you spare $14 to make a huge impact for future students? >>Read More

You Are the Champions
Every year, each of the schools host award ceremonies and receptions for students. Here is the break down of events:

NYC Award Ceremonies and Receptions:

Monday, May 19
Honors College
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m., Student Union

5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., Schimmel (award ceremony)
7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Student Union (reception)

Tuesday, May 20
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., 163 William St./DH (award ceremony)
7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., 163 William St./DH (reception)

School of Education
5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Bianco Room (award ceremony)
6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Bianco Room (reception)

8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Student Union (reception)

Dyson Undergraduate
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., Schimmel (award ceremony)
4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m., Student Union (reception)

Dyson Graduate-Level (NYC and Westchester)
5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., Schimmel (award ceremony)
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Student Union (reception)

Westchester Award Ceremonies and Receptions:

Tuesday, May 20
Honors College
6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Gottesman Room

Thursday, May 22
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., Butcher Suite (award ceremony)
7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Commuter Lounge (reception)

College of Health Professions
5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m., Willcox Gym (award ceremony)
4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m., Willcox Gym (reception)

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Goldstein Gym (award ceremony)
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., under the tent behind Choate House (reception)

2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m., Gottesman Room (award ceremony)
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m., Dining Room A (reception)

School of Education
5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Gottesman Room (award ceremony)
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., Dining Room (reception)

Go Green
The Class of 2014 is invited to take the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility. The Pledge is purely voluntary, and the only commitment is the commitment you make to yourself based on your view of what it means to be socially and environmentally responsible. Since 2009, nearly 3,400 graduating students from Pace University have signed the Graduation Pledge. Sign the pledge online at

Senior Week for NYC Students is Brought to You by the Letter B
Brunch, beer, BBQ, ball games, and BATMAN: the ride. NYC Senior Week kicks off on May 15 with a beer garden, takes you out to the ball game and to brunch, serves you up some BBQ, and sends you flying through the air on BATMAN, Bizarro, or whatever other coaster catches your eyes at Great Adventure. Read more here.

What Does the Foxwoods Say?
Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding. That’s the sound that may be coming out of the slot machines for seniors who plan on taking the PLV Senior Week trip to Foxwoods Casino on May 20–21. For those of you who’d rather the chin chin sounds of a wine glass, there will also be a wine tour and tasting at Millbrook Winery, located in a renovated Dutch-hip dairy barn in the heart of rural Dutchess County. Learn more here.

Look Who’s Talkin’ 2…U
In case you haven’t heard, this year’s Commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients at Pace are driving forces in the arts, education, media, real estate, and U.S. federal bench.

They are as follows:

NYC Undergraduate Commencement
Wednesday, May 21
10:30 a.m.
The Theater at Madison Square Garden
Emily Kernan Rafferty, President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters)
Michael Dezer ’68, founder and owner of Dezer Properties, Inc. (Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science)

Graduate Commencement
Wednesday, May 21
4:00 p.m.
The Theater at Madison Square Garden
George Rupp, former President and CEO, International Rescue Committee, and former President of Columbia and Rice (Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters)

Westchester Undergraduate Commencement
Friday, May 23
11:00 a.m.
Goldstein Fitness Center
Lawrence Otis Graham, Esq., Special Counsel, Cuddy & Feder LLP (Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters)

Law School Commencement
Tuesday, May 13
4:00 p.m.
Law School Campus
Robert A. Katzmann, Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (Honorary Doctor of Laws)

>>Read more about the HDRs and speakers

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