Commencement Commences

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 2013, here are a few things you need to know before the big day.

Event Dates

The Law School kicks off Commencement with the first ceremony of the season scheduled for Tuesday, May 14 on the White Plains Campus. New York City undergraduate and graduate level ceremonies return once again to Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, May 15. Commencement on the Pleasantville Campus is planned for Friday, May 17 at the Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health, Fitness, and Recreation Center.

Honorary Degree Recipients

This year, the University is pleased to announce Michael Clinton, Vartan Gregorian, Joel Klein, and the Honorable Malachy E. Mannion as this year’s Honorary Degree Recipients.

Joel I. Klein, attorney and advocate, will be the Honorary Degree Recipient at the Graduate Level ceremony. He built a career in Washington, D.C., where he opened his own law firm, argued 11 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and served as Deputy White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton. Later, he was appointed to Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division at the Department of Justice. Since leaving the D.C. area, Klein served eight years as Chancellor of New York City’s public school system, where he helped raise the city’s graduation rates by 20 percent. He currently serves as the CEO of Amplify and the Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman, for News Corp.

The Pleasantville undergraduate ceremony’s Honorary Degree Recipient Michael Clinton received his MBA from the Lubin School of Business in 1983. Since then, he has scaled the impressive heights of Mount Kilimanjaro and the even more impressive heights of the publishing industry. Today, he is Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer and Publishing Director of Hearst Magazines, where he oversees the publishing side of 13 different Hearst titles and more than $1 billion in annual revenues.

Vartan Gregorian, the Honorary Degree Recipient for the New York City undergraduate ceremony, began his work as a professor, teaching at San Francisco State College, UCLA, and the University of Texas at Austin. He worked his way up the ladder to the position of Provost at the University of Pennsylvania. Eventually, Gregorian took on the presidency at Brown University, where he was able to raise millions of dollars and create new avenues for intellectual growth. In 1981, he became the president of The New York Public Library—during his tenure there he doubled the Library’s budget and raised more than $300-million. Gregorian is currently the president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

On May 14, Pace Law School will honor the Honorable Malachy E. Mannion, a Pace alumnus and U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (MDPA), with a Doctor of Laws degree. Mannion was nominated by President Barack Obama and appointed to the MDPA in December 2012. He served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, then as an Assistant United States Attorney in the MDPA where he was chief of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Forces, and then as a United States Magistrate Judge, and soon-to-be Chief Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, until his present appointment.

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 2013! Please click here to view the dates and times of the ceremonies.

For more information on Commencement, volunteer compensation procedures, and more, visit http://www.pace.edu/commencement.

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.

President’s Corner

Thank you in advance to everyone involved for making the Commencement 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.

President's Corner

Dear Colleagues,

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.

Sincerely yours,

Stephen J. Friedman
President

Commencement 2011

Next week, faculty, staff, students, and alumni come together to celebrate, and congratulate, the graduating class of 2011.

Pace is proud to present the next wave of leaders, thinkers, teachers, and innovators as we celebrate Commencement 2011 on our three campuses.

On May 8, we kicked off our Commencement season as the Law School ushered in the next generation of attorneys at the 33rd Annual Commencement. Chief State Judge Jonathan Lippman, an influential figure in the New York State judicial system for the past four decades, was awarded a Doctor of Laws. Lippman has played a central role in many far-reaching reforms including the introduction of problem-solving community courts, drug courts, and domestic violence courts throughout the state.

On May 20, Westchester undergraduates will celebrate Commencement at the Goldstein Fitness Center on the PLV Campus. And both our NYC undergraduate students and our Westchester and New York graduate students will celebrate at the iconic Avery Fisher Hall, one of Lincoln Center’s most prestigious venue, located a block from Central Park, on Sunday, May 22. (See dates and times for Commencement here.)

Honorary degrees will be awarded at the three ceremonies to individuals who have had a profound impact in the fields of academia, medicine, business, and entertainment, while also contributing to society at large.

Joseph M. Pastore Jr., PhD, Professor Emeritus in Residence at Pace’s Lubin School of Business, will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at the Westchester Undergraduate Ceremony. Pastore is not only a beloved professor, but also a sought-after expert on business management and a mediator, who was in charge of overseeing the desegregation of Yonkers’ public schools in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

At our New York City Undergraduate ceremony, Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, president of the New York Academy of Medicine, will receive an honorary Doctorate of Science. An influential leader in health care, Boufford is a national authority on public health issues, including health care for minorities and underserved communities, and has been active in local, national, and global health care reform. As “NYC’s doctor,” she leads the charge to protect and advance the health of people through interdisciplinary approaches to policy, leadership, education, community engagement, and innovative research.

Jim Whitaker, chairman and producer of Whitaker Entertainment at Walt Disney Studios, will receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at the combined NYC and Westchester Graduate Ceremony.  Whitaker, who rose from intern to president of motion picture production at Imagine Entertainment, has executive produced Changeling, American Gangster, Friday Night Lights, Cinderella Man, Curious George, 8 Mile, and various other notable films. Most recently, Whitaker founded Project Rebirth, a nonprofit that for the past nine years has used time-lapse photography to chronicle the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site.  Rebirth, the powerful feature-length documentary which Whitaker directed and co-produced, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and will soon be part of a permanent exhibit at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

For more information about each of the honorary degree recipients, view the press release. To read more about each ceremony, visit the Commencement website.