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Clamoring for Commencement

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In a few short weeks we’ll bid farewell to the Class of 2017. But before they go out and start conquering the real world, we’ve got a few more details about dates, award ceremonies, speakers, and more to share.

Before the well of tears and Vitamin C songs commence, we’ve got some important info to let you know about your impending graduation.

Who, What, Where, When? All Signs Point to Your Commencement Ceremony.

Westchester Undergraduate Ceremony

Thursday, May 18
11:00 a.m.
Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health, Fitness, and Recreation Center 
Speakers and honorary degree recipients: Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman and Dean of Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Ingrid C. Burke

New York Undergraduate Ceremony

Tuesday, May 23
10:30 a.m.
The Theater at Madison Square Garden
Speakers and honorary degree recipients: Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman and Former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Walmart Patricia Curran, the first woman to ever serve in this position

Combined Graduate Ceremony

Tuesday, May 23
4:00 p.m.
The Theater at Madison Square Garden
Speaker and honorary degree recipient: Acclaimed author Deirdre Bair, author of five award-winning biographies: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, Anais Nin, C. G. Jung, and Saul Steinberg

Law School Ceremony

Sunday, May 14, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Haub School of Law Campus
Speaker and honorary degree recipient: Renowned lawyer Roberta Kaplan, whose arguments in the landmark Supreme Court case United States v. Windsor advanced the civil rights of this generation and impacted millions of Americans by making same-sex marriage legal across the country

To learn more about this year’s Commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients, click here.


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

Any Last Words?
Graduation is just around the corner, but before you go, we want you to leave a bit of your legacy behind for the incoming Class of 2021. Share your favorite memories at Pace and some of your parting words of wisdom for the Setters you are leaving behind! Fill out our survey at www.pace.edu/seniorsurvey.

The Gift of Giving to the Senior Class Gift
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. 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 $20.17 to make a huge impact for future students? Click here for more information.

Go Green
The Class of 2017 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, more than 4,100 graduating students from Pace University have signed the Graduation Pledge. Sign the pledge online at www.pace.edu/greenpledge.

A Little Fun Before You Go…
SGA has collaborated with SDACA to bring the senior class together one final time before graduation! The Senior Toast, on May 16, will feature hors d’oeurves, champagne, wine, beer, and so much more. Get your FREE ticket at pace.edu/tickets.

You Are the Champions

Every year, each of the schools host award ceremonies and receptions for students. Here is the breakdown of events:

College of Health Professions

Pleasantville and New York City–Undergraduate and Graduate
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Award Ceremony: Goldstein Gymnasium, 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Reception: Under the Tent, 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Pleasantville Undergraduate
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Award Ceremony: Gottesman Room, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Reception: Fern Dining Hall, 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

New York City Undergraduate
Monday, May 22, 2017
Award Ceremony: Schimmel Center, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Reception: Student Union, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Graduate–New York and Westchester
Monday, May 22, 2017
Award Ceremony: Aniello Bianco Room, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Reception: Aniello Bianco Room, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Lubin School of Business

Pleasantville–Undergraduate and Graduate
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Award Ceremony: Gottesman Room, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Reception: Fern Dining Hall, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

New York City–Undergraduate and Graduate
Friday, May 19, 2017
Award Ceremony: Schimmel Center, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Reception: Student Union, 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

School of Education

Pleasantville–Undergraduate and Graduate
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Award Ceremony: Gottesman Room, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Reception: Fern Dining Hall, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

New York City–Undergraduate and Graduate
Monday, May 22, 2017
Award Ceremony: Student Union, 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Reception: Student Union, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Seidenberg School of Computer Science

Pleasantville–Undergraduate and Graduate
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Award Ceremony: Butcher Suite, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Reception: Bourdeau Lounge, 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

New York City–Undergraduate and Graduate
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Award Ceremony: Aniello Bianco Room, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Reception: Aniello Bianco Room, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Pforzheimer Honors College

Pleasantville–Undergraduate and Graduate
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Award Ceremony/Reception: Willcox Multipurpose Room, 6:15 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

New York City–Undergraduate and Graduate
Friday, May 19, 2017
Award Ceremony/Reception: Student Union, 2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

NACTEL/iPace

Pleasantville and New York City–Undergraduate and Graduate
Monday, May 22, 2017
Award Ceremony/Reception: Student Union, 11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Any other Commencement questions? Visit www.pace.edu/commencement.

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