Celebrating Commencement 2012

Commencement is just around the corner, so here’s the 411 for faculty or staff members. From award ceremonies, to Honorary Degree Recipients, to dates and times, find out what you need to know.

It’s almost time for this year’s graduates to walk the walk, and as we bid adieu to the Class of 2012, here are a few things you need to know before the big day. For the New York City undergraduate and graduate level ceremonies, Pace returns to Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, May 16. Commencement on the Pleasantville Campus is planned for Friday, May 11 at the Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health, Fitness, and Recreation Center and Law School Commencement will be on the White Plains Campus, Sunday, May 20.

This year, the University is pleased to announce Stephen Apkon, Danny Meyer, and Donna E. Shalala as this year’s Honorary Degree Recipients.

Stephen Apkon, executive director of the Jacob Burns Film Center and Media Arts Lab, will be the Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient at the Pleasantville Undergraduate Commencement ceremony. As Founder and Executive Director of the Jacob Burns Film Center, Inc., Apkon has combined a lifelong passion for film with his desire to revitalize his hometown of Pleasantville, NY.

The Honorary Degree Recipient at the NYC Undergraduate ceremony will be Danny Meyer, the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, which includes Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke, Jazz Standard, Shake Shack, The Modern, Maialino, Untitled, North End Grill, Union Square Events, and Hospitality Quotient, a learning and consulting business. Meyer, his restaurants, and chefs have earned an unprecedented 24 James Beard Awards.

Donna E. Shalala, professor of Political Science and president of the University of Miami, has been selected as the Honorary Degree Recipient at the graduate ceremony in New York City. Shalala has more than 30 years of experience as an accomplished scholar, teacher, and administrator. In 1993 President Clinton appointed her U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) where she served for eight years, becoming the longest serving HHS Secretary in U.S. history.

On May 20, Pace Law School will honor the Honorable Andrew Lamar Carter Jr., U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) with a Doctor of Laws degree. Carter was nominated by President Barack Obama and appointed to the SDNY in December 2011. He also served as United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York. He began his career as a public defender and worked as a staff and supervising attorney with the Federal Defenders of New York and with the Legal Aid Society in the criminal defense and federal defenders division.

Prior to the Commencement ceremonies, award ceremonies and receptions will be held on both campuses. Faculty are encouraged to attend the award ceremony and reception for your school/college to commemorate the Class of 2012! Dates and times are as follows:

 For more information about this year’s Commencement ceremonies and everything you need to know about participating, visit http://www.pace.edu/commencement.