This academic year–one of the most exciting in recent years–is quickly coming to a close. I encourage all faculty and staff to attend one or more of our Commencement ceremonies–Friday, May 20 in Pleasantville and Sunday, May 22 at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, New York City. If you need a reminder about why you work as hard as you do each and every day, just look at the faces of the graduates and their families at Commencement. Our work is all about the greater good.
A tremendous amount of planning goes into our four Commencement ceremonies–the Law School, the undergraduate ceremonies in New York City and Pleasantville, and a combined graduate ceremony in New York City. Thank you in advance to everyone involved–faculty, staff, and especially volunteers–for making the ceremonies so meaningful. This day marks a significant achievement for all of us; for the graduating students of course, but also for the faculty who guided and shaped their intellectual growth and for the staff who advised and counseled them and provided the co-curricular infrastructure for their Pace experience.
Every student who graduates joins nearly 130,000 others in the great society of Pace alumni throughout the world who know firsthand the value of a Pace education. Alumni are among our best ambassadors; they influence opinions about Pace, including those of prospective students and parents. It is our job to keep alumni active, engaged and willing to give back to Pace in our time-honored tradition. A memorable send-off is an important way of keeping Pace memories alive.
Thank you to all of our faculty and staff for making this year so productive and eventful. We are poised to meet many of the goals set forth in the first year implementation plan for the Strategic Plan, and ready to embark on the second year plan. Check out my blog at https://friedman-blog.pace.edu/ for academic and administrative updates, and to sign up for the RSS feed.
Stephen J. Friedman