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Press Release: Pace President to Class of 2023 -- “Take Advantage of Opportunities”

09/04/2019

Press Release: Pace President to Class of 2023 -- “Take Advantage of Opportunities” University Hosts its 12th Annual Convocation at Pleasantville Campus

Speaking to nearly 700 incoming students, Pace University President Marvin Krislov had a simple but important message: Take advantage of the opportunities provided to you.

In welcoming the incoming class of 2023 at Pace University’s 12th Annual Convocation at its Pleasantville campus, Krislov on Tuesday encouraged students to use these valuable years on campus as a time to grow, explore, and learn about the world. Opportunities available to them include clubs and activities, mentorship and insight from professors, research opportunities and internships that will help them hit the ground running in their career upon graduation.

 “Our motto is Opportunitas, which is a Latin word that can mean opportunity, but also can mean advantage,” Krislov said. “At Pace, we believe deeply in creating opportunity for our students, in giving you advantages.”

Krislov called on the first-year students to not only learn about themselves, but the world around them.

“I also want you to remember that college is about more than just academics,” Krislov said. “It is a time to learn about yourself, to learn about your world, to meet new people and try new things. I encourage you take advantage of everything Pace has to offer. Join new clubs. Play new sports. Be a good citizen — register to vote, fill out your Census form, volunteer in the community.”

Convocation, the Latin word for “calling together,” brought 548 first-year and 131 transfer students on campus to meet the wider Pace community in a festive and pep-rally atmosphere that was followed by a community fair on its 200-acre campus. In addition to President Krislov, Provost Vanya Quiñones and students spoke about getting the most out of their Pace experience.

Pace University’s incoming first-year students at the Pleasantville campus are a diverse group: They come from 24 states and 11 countries, including Spain, China, Russia, and India, among others. The new class reflects Pace’s tradition of upward mobility for students: Thirty percent of the incoming students identified as the first in their family to go to college.

Daniel Ho, a sophomore Biological Psychology major who is also a member of the swim team, talked about what it was like to move to Westchester from Jacksonville, Fla., as an incoming freshman. His advice to the students: Learn from professors, learn from friends and upperclassman, and learn from experiences. And be sure to take part in campus life by joining clubs, a fraternity or sorority, and student government.

“Never stop learning,” Ho told the students. “Never stop caring. Never stop dreaming. It makes a life worth living.”

Pace Provost Vanya Quiñones, Ph.D., a neurobiologist and biopsychologist, noted the energy, hope, and excitement that was felt in the room. She warned students that their college years would go by quickly, so they should use this time to engage with each other, to be active, and to develop a passion. But most of all, she added, that students should take chances and expand their comfort zone by playing a sport, attending a game, trying out for a play or taking a poetry class.

“Pace will help you become the best version of yourself,” Quiñones said. “Say yes to opportunities.”

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 a Law School in White Plains. www.pace.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @PaceUnews or on our website: http://www.pace.edu/news

 

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"FiOS 1 News" featured Pace University's Pleasantville Convocation in "Big Welcome For Incoming Freshmen at Pace University"

09/04/2019

"FiOS 1 News" featured Pace University's Pleasantville Convocation in "Big Welcome For Incoming Freshmen at Pace University"

Pace University's Class of 2023 first-year students traveled from 24 states and 11 countries such as Spain, China, Russia, India, and the Netherlands to attend Pace's 12th annual Convocation on the PLV Campus.

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"NY1 News" featured Pace University's 2019 Convocation Ceremony in Manhattan and the Incoming Class of 2023

09/03/2019

"NY1 News" featured Pace University's 2019 Convocation Ceremony in Manhattan and the Incoming Class of 2023

NY1 News featured Pace University's 2019 Convocation Ceremony in Manhattan and the Incoming Class of 2023 

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Press Release: Pace University Welcomes Class of 2022 to Pleasantville in Convocation Ceremony

09/05/2018

Press Release: Pace University Welcomes Class of 2022 to Pleasantville in Convocation Ceremony

PLEASANTVILLE, NY (September 4, 2018) – Pace University held its 11th Annual Convocation Ceremony in Pleasantville Tuesday. Convocation, the Latin word for “calling together” brought the freshmen class on campus to meet the wider Pace community.  Incoming Pace University students heard from Pace President Marvin Krislov, Provost Vanya Quiñones, fellow Pace students and award-winning author, Imbolo Mbue.

Pace University’s incoming first-year students are diverse, come from across the country and is the largest in over five years. It is also the highest-academic achieving class, with higher average SAT, ACT and GPA scores.

Pace University President Marvin Krislov told students to “Take advantage of the opportunities available to you here at Pace. Our motto is Opportunitas, which is a Latin word that can mean opportunity but also can mean advantage.” He added: “College is about more than just academics. It’s a time to learn about yourself. To learn about your world. To meet new people and to try new things. I encourage you to take advantage of everything Pace has to offer you. Join a club, play new sports, volunteer in the community, be a good citizen and vote this November!”

Pace Provost Vanya Quiñones said, “Today we greet you with excitement and hope. You are our present and our future. We are delighted that you decided to make Pace your home for the next four years.” She later added: “Use these four years to build that powerful tool that will change you, it will change the community, your city, and even the world!” Vanya Quiñones, Ph.D., a neurobiologist and biopsychologist served as Associate Provost for Student Success and Retention at CUNY’s Hunter College prior to joining Pace this past summer.

Pace University biochemistry student Giovanni Fardella told the freshmen class: “One of the most important things that I learned during my first-year experience was that there is no shortcut to success, nor is there only one right path. Throughout your years at Pace, you will decide what success means to you. For me, success is not measured in dollars and cents. True success depends on whether I’ve been able to make a difference in my community and touch the lives of others in a positive way.” Fardella is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a minor in Mathematics as part of the Dyson College of Arts & Sciences.

Imbolo Mbue gave the keynote speech. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Behold the Dreamers, which was read by the incoming class over the summer. Mbue's book is informed by her experience of being an African immigrant and the experiences of immigrants from around the world who shared their stories with her. Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue, is a novel that weaves together the stories of two different families during the financial crisis of 2007-2008 in New York City.

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project finds that Pace graduates are out-earning their parents and peers, bucking a nationwide trend for millennialswww.pace.edu.