On Monday, May 16, Pace will host the largest launch event in our history to celebrate the Classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York.
This will be our first full-fledged launch event in three years, and the new venue will give us the opportunity to create a truly memorable event for our entire community. We will begin the day with a formal, high-profile ceremony for all graduating students, followed by school and college ceremonies that will include the roll call and graduation. Between events, we will use the spacious tennis center grounds to celebrate our graduates, with food vendors and plenty of time and space for photos and gatherings.
Arthur Ashe Stadium
School ceremonies begin at noon and continue throughout the afternoon. To see the time and location of your school’s ceremony, visit the Start Schedule page.
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At this expanded venue, each graduating student can receive up to four full-day tickets for family and guests to attend both the main ceremony and the school and college ceremonies. Graduate students may receive up to two additional tickets for school and college ceremonies. Tickets will be shared digitally with graduates at the email address they used when registering for Commencement, so keep your eyes peeled for your inbox. For ticketing inquiries, please email [email protected]
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Food, photography and more
The USTA Grounds and Food Village will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Options will include snacks (think soda, popcorn, pretzels) and heartier fare like burgers, pizza, hot dogs and chicken fingers. Or, bring something from home—a graduation picnic? Yes please. Additionally, in the periods between ceremonies, graduates and their families are welcome to take photos and videos in front of our specially designed photo backdrops. Be on the lookout for our professional photographers – we’ll be sharing images from Commencement online later in the week. Before heading home for the day, be sure to stop by our Alumni Relations Table and Career Services Table. Don’t forget to share your photos on social media using #PaceGrad.
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Student Prize Winners
2022 Directors Awards
The Trustees Award is given to the graduate student or students whose positive contributions to university life and whose academic achievements exemplify the highest level of achievement attainable for an undergraduate student.
Maria Elisa Escobar | New York campuses
She will graduate Pace as one of his top student leaders. Throughout her undergraduate career, she has consistently demonstrated an exemplary dedication to improving the Pace community. Maria Elisa dedicated much of her undergraduate career to the anti-trafficking movement. After volunteering with World Without Exploitation, she co-founded WorldWE Youth Coalition, a national youth-led network that uses advocacy, education and awareness initiatives to end sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Human being. In her two years since co-founding the Youth Coalition, Maria Elisa has had the experience of hosting two virtual summits that have engaged over 1,000 youth across the country.
Naya J. Rivera | Pleasantville Campus
By earning a combined degree – a bachelor’s degree in adolescent education and biology as well as a master’s degree in special education – Naya was able to balance her outstanding academic pedigree with an unwavering commitment to leadership service outside of the classroom. Rivera, captain of the Pace women’s basketball team, led the team on a deep run in the NCAA Tournament, winning the Eastern Regional title en route to only the third Elite 8 appearance in history. from the program. During the pandemic, she was one of the first students to volunteer for a pilot program to provide online tutoring to students at a school in Ossining, NY. Based on her outstanding performance, she was hired in her senior year as a technology teacher for the college – a role she was able to thrive in alongside her many other obligations. When it comes to volunteering for campus events, Naya has often lend a hand, such as leading an implicit bias in-class workshop for Pace’s annual Social Justice Week. .
Community Service Award 2022
The Community Service Award is presented to the student or graduate students whose active contributions to the life of the University community and to the efforts of our neighbors in the surrounding community most admirably embody an appreciation of the value of social responsibility.
Alexandra Marie Kennedy | New York campuses
Through her academic interests, Alexandra Marie Kennedy was able to link her curricular and extracurricular involvements around the principles of social responsibility and justice. Perhaps Alex’s most profound impact was his role in co-founding Fare Trade, a sustainable self-help initiative to address food insecurity on the New York campus. She volunteered Vote Everywhere during the 2020-2021 school year with the Center for Community Action and Research, received training in voter education, and supported her peers in exercising the right to vote during the general elections of November 2020 and the spring 2021 primaries in New York. She is also involved with the NAACP student organization chapter at Pace and Circle K, a student group focused on organizing community service and leadership opportunities for fellow Pace students. Through his many engagements, Alex has modeled what social responsibility looks like for both his peers and professionals on campus.
Irach’e “Shea” Teague | Pleasantville Campus
Irach’e “Shea” Teague has impressively balanced his studies with a wide range of extracurricular accomplishments – demonstrating that a well-rounded Pace education isn’t just confined to the classroom. As Vice President of the Student Government Association, Shea has personally ensured that there is an organization for everyone, guiding individuals through the process of proposing and implementing new student organizations such as Active Minds, a new student group focused on student mental health. She also continued to advocate on behalf of students as a resident assistant, where she worked to create a safe and vibrant community for residents through targeted programs aimed at increasing student skills in areas ranging from multicultural understanding to personal finances and academic success. Additionally, Shea has always shown a strong penchant for being an impactful community leader. For example, she helped make possible the DJ Henry de Pleasantville mural, which honors the life of DJ Henry, a Pace student who was killed by a Pleasantville police officer in 2010.
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Honorary degree recipients
- Mayor of New York, Eric Adams | Main ceremony
- U.S. Representative Grace Meng | Haub Law Ceremony
- Baroness Ariane de Rothschild ’88, MBA ’90 | Lubin Ceremony
Learn more about this year’s speakers on our launch site.
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Location address and directions
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Flushing Meadow Corona Park
Rinse NY 11368
- Metro: The 7 train provides service from Grand Central Terminal to Mets-Willets Point station, including connections to all Metro-North trains in Westchester and Connecticut. The service is also available from the Port Authority Bus Station.
- Long Island Railroad: LIRR offers easy service to Mets-Willets Point Station from Woodside, and convenient connections from Penn Station for New Jersey Transit customers. For people with reduced mobility, get off the LIRR train at the 61st Street-Woodside station and take the 7 train. Take the 7 train to Mets-Willets Point station.
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You have questions and we have answers. Visit the Commencement website FAQs for information on transportation to and from Pace campuses, parking, ticketing, credentials, live streaming, and more. We are constantly expanding the FAQ, so check back often. If you have any questions that are not covered in the FAQ, please email [email protected]
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