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Forbes featured Pace President Marvin Krislov's latest piece: "The Resilient Class Of 2020 Will Learn And Grow From The Coronavirus Crisis"

05/21/2020

Forbes featured Pace President Marvin Krislov's latest piece: "The Resilient Class Of 2020 Will Learn And Grow From The Coronavirus Crisis"

Congratulations to the Class of 2020.

They haven’t had the easiest path lately. Higher education has changed remarkably in the last two months. But in some fundamental ways, we’ve kept doing what we always do. We take eager and ambitious young people, introduce them to friends and mentors, help them to learn how to think and how to live, teach them about the fields they want to explore and about themselves as people, and prepare them to be successful members of society, with fulfilling careers and fulfilling lives. The Class of 2020 accomplished all of that—and more. In truth, the unusual circumstances of their final semester doesn’t diminish their accomplishment so much as emphasizes it. They made it to graduation despite an extraordinary situation that made their task even more challenging.

That’s what I was thinking about yesterday when I delivered a graduation speech for the more than 3,600 students at Pace University who earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees this spring. Usually, I give versions of the same speech three times: once in our arena in Pleasantville, once for undergraduates at Radio City Music Hall, and once more at Radio City for our graduate students (plus a different speech for our Elisabeth Haub School of Law). This year, I gave it once, via videoconference, from my apartment in Manhattan. In the time of coronavirus, our annual, multi-day series of Commencement events became what we’re calling a “virtual celebration,” recorded in advance and streamed via YouTube.

We’re calling it a “virtual celebration” because we want to make clear that this is not Commencement. These dedicated students earned their degrees, and while we wanted to celebrate their accomplishment, we’re also determined to give them a proper sendoff when we’re able to, with their names called and their diplomas presented and their parents cheering from the stands. 

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News12 featured Pace University in "News 12 Westchester"

05/21/2020

News12 featured Pace University in "News 12 Westchester"

Pace University holding a virtual celebration to toast the class of 2020. 

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Patch featured Pace University in "President Krislov: Class of 2020 Defined By its Resilience"

05/20/2020

Patch featured Pace University in "President Krislov: Class of 2020 Defined By its Resilience"

Thousands of Pace University graduates, their families, and friends gathered online on Wednesday to recognize the accomplishments and successes of the Class of 2020 in a virtual celebration. The different school commencement celebrations can be found here.

The cyber-festivities are by no means a replacement for the traditional pomp and circumstance of in-person Commencement ceremonies, which will take place at a future date, but rather an opportunity for people to come together from near and far to recognize all of the hard work, dedication and long hours of study that so many have completed in order to earn their college or advanced degree.

"You have earned your diplomas through intelligence, persistence, determination and especially, resilience," Pace University President Marvin Krislov told the graduates. "You've excelled in the classrooms, in your labs, jobs, internships, practica, service, performance, and you've made friends and mentors in this extraordinary community we call Pace University. I am so happy for all you have achieved and I am so excited to see the future ahead of you."

This year a total of 3,624 students are part of the graduating class of 2020, which includes 1,394 New York City students and 713 students in Pleasantville. Additionally, there are 1,517 graduate students across its campuses. At Pace University's Elisabeth Haub School of Law, they celebrated their virtual ceremony on Sunday when 185 Juris Doctor degrees were conferred, as well as 35 Master of Laws degrees and two Doctor of Science in Environmental Law degrees.

"Because of the pandemic, we will be graduating into a world completely different from the world we knew when we were in college, but I know we're prepared because for the past four years, we've learned how to get grit," New York City student Heather Farley of the Lubin School of Business at Pace University said. "For our entire college career, we've learned how to persevere when times get tough."

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Press Release: President Krislov: Class of 2020 Defined By its Resilience

05/20/2020

Press Release: President Krislov: Class of 2020 Defined By its Resilience

Pace University Cheers Graduates in Virtual Celebrations

In-person celebrations to take place when public health guidelines allow

NEW YORK (May 20, 2020) – Thousands of Pace University graduates, their families, and friends gathered online on Wednesday to recognize the accomplishments and successes of the Class of 2020 in a virtual celebration. The different school commencement celebrations can be found here.

The cyber-festivities are by no means a replacement for the traditional pomp and circumstance of in-person Commencement ceremonies, which will take place at a future date, but rather an opportunity for people to come together from near and far to recognize all of the hard work, dedication and long hours of study that so many have completed in order to earn their college or advanced degree.

“You have earned your diplomas through intelligence, persistence, determination and especially, resilience,” Pace University President Marvin Krislov told the graduates. “You’ve excelled in the classrooms, in your labs, jobs, internships, practica, service, performance, and you’ve made friends and mentors in this extraordinary community we call Pace University. I am so happy for all you have achieved and I am so excited to see the future ahead of you.” (Timestamp: 1 hour)

This year a total of 3,624 students are part of the graduating class of 2020, which includes 1,394 New York City students and 713 students in Pleasantville. Additionally, there are 1,517 graduate students across its campuses. At Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law, they celebrated their virtual ceremony on Sunday when 185 Juris Doctor degrees were conferred, as well as 35 Master of Laws degrees and two Doctor of Science in Environmental Law degrees.

“Because of the pandemic, we will be graduating into a world completely different from the world we knew when we were in college, but I know we’re prepared because for the past four years, we’ve learned how to get grit,” New York City student Heather Farley of the Lubin School of Business at Pace University said. “For our entire college career, we’ve learned how to persevere when times get tough.” (Timestamp: 45 minutes)

Pleasantville student Brent Cameron of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences called on his fellow graduates to achieve their goals regardless of the pandemic: “So for those of you who want to be teachers, go out there and teach people to think. Those of you who want to be doctors and nurses, go out there and make people well. For those of you that want to be writers, go out there and write the stories that will change this world. Go out and make those dreams real, because this pandemic will end, and life will continue.” (Timestamp: 54 minutes)

Historically, Pace has been a university where so many graduates have earned degrees and gone onto professional success. It’s one of the many reasons that Pace is ranked number one in upward economic mobility among four-year private universities according to a study conducted by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights.

Pace University Provost, Vanya Quiñones, PhD, said: “You’re graduating today because of your resilience and your perseverance, your ability to succeed in extraordinary times. This is in part is what Pace teaches. I am proud of you for remaining focused and finishing strong. I know that it will continue to pay off.” (Timestamp: 1 hour 9 minutes)

View the virtual celebrations. They will be available at 1:00 p.m. ET, with the pre-show beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET. Pace will also have a virtual after party with DJ Zeke at 2:00 p.m. ET. It will be live on Pace University’s Instagram page.

About Pace University
Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides. From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and the Elisabeth Haub School of Law in White Plains.

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