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ELISABETH HAUB SCHOOL of LAW 44TH ANNUAL COMMENCEMENT 2022

Congratulations, Class of 2022! We are counting down the days until commencement and look forward to celebrating your achievements on this momentous day. Please check this webpage for important information and updates on Commencement 2022 as they become available.

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law will join Pace University at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York on Monday, May 16, 2022 for a university-wide celebration. The main ceremony will begin at 10:15 a.m. with the law school commencement ceremony to immediately follow at 12:00 p.m.

This is the first year that the Law School will join Pace University for a university-wide commencement celebration of all of its graduates. Additionally, this large venue will enable us to recognize members of the Classes of 2020 and 2021 who were unable to have a traditional celebration due to the pandemic.

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The live-stream of the 2022 Pace University Commencement Ceremony will begin at 10:15 a.m. EST on Monday, May 16, 2022 and the Law School Commencement Ceremony will begin at 12:00 p.m. 

Honorary Degree Recipients

Honorary degrees are awarded to prominent individuals whose accomplishments symbolize Pace's values and serve as inspirations for current students. Recipients become honorary members of the Pace alumni body. In this listing, the position or office indicated for the honorary degree recipient is the one held at the time of the conferring of the degree.

2022
Congresswoman Grace Meng

Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2021
The Honorable Philip M. Halpern '80, U.S. District Judge, Southern District of New York

Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2019
First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker, New York City Police Department (NYPD) 

Doctor of Laws (LLD)

Liliane Haub 
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2018
Judge Robert Keating

Doctor of Laws (LLD)

Eric Gonzalez
Distict Attorney, Kings County  
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2017
Roberta Kaplan
Partner, Litigation, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison 
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2016
Eric Schneiderman
Attorney General, State of New York 
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2015
Preet Bharara
United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2014
Honorable Robert A. Katzmann
Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2013
Honorable Malachy E. Mannion
Chief United States Magistrate Judge in the Middle District of Pennsylvania
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2012
Andrew L. Carter, Jr.
US District Judge for the Southern District of New York (SDNY)
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2011
Jonathan Lippman
State of New York Chief Judge
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2010
Lisa P. Jackson
Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2009
Nina Totenberg
Legal Affairs Correspondent, National Public Radio (NPR)
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2008
Hon. Theodore T. Jones, Jr.
Associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2007
Hon. Margaret A. Ryan
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2006
Larry D. Thompson, Esq.
Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary, PepsiCo Inc.
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2005
Mark Malloch Brown
Chief of Staff to the Secretary General, United Nations (UN)
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2004
Raymond W. Kelly
Police Commissioner, City of New York
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2003
Hon. Sonia Sotomayor
Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals-Second Circuit
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2002
Hon. Mary Jo White
United States Attorney, Southern District of New York
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2001
Jay C. Carlisle II
Professor of Law, Pace Law School

2000
Janet Reno
United States Attorney General
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1999
Anthony Kronman
Dean, Yale Law School
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1998
Hon. Guido Calabresi
Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals-Second Circuit
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1997
Drew S. Days III
Alfred M. Rankin Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1997
Peter Basil Carter
QC, Emeritus Fellow, Wadham College, Oxford
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1996
Derrick A. Bell Jr.
Visiting Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1995
The Right Honourable Gordon Slynn, Baron Slynn of Hadley, GBE, PC, QC
Member of the House of Lords, Parliament of the United Kingdom
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1994
Hon. Joseph W. Bellacosa
Associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1994
John Joseph Cronin
Hudson Riverkeeper
Juris Doctor (JD)

1993
Bernie Grant
Member of the House of Commons, Parliament of the United Kingdom
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1992
Hon. Sol Wachtler
Chief Judge, State of New York
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1991
Hon. Robert Abrams
Attorney General of the State of New York
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1990
Hon. Daniel Patrick Moynihan
United States Senator for New York
Medal of Honor

1990
Oleg Stephanovich Kolbasov
Deputy Director, Institute of State and Law of the USSR Academy of Sciences
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1989
Mario M. Cuomo
Governor of the State of New York
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1988
Elliot L. Richardson
Partner, Milbank Tweed Hadley and McCloy LLP
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1988
Wolfgang Burhenne
Chairman of the Commission on Environmental Policy, Law, and Administration of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (Bonn)
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1987
Hon. Charles L. Brieant
Chief Judge, United States District Court, Southern District of New York
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1986
Hon. Fritz W. Alexander III
Associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1985
Hon. Judith S. Kaye
Associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1985
Michael L. Rovello
Supervisor, Town of Mount Pleasant, Westchester County, New York
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1985
Hon. Edward D. Re
Chief Judge, United States Court of International Trade
Doctor of Humane Letters (LHD)

1984
Edward J. Mortola
President of Pace University
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1984
John C. Haley
Executive Vice President, Chase Manhattan Bank; and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Pace University
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1983
Hon. Warren E. Burger
Chief Justice of the United States
Doctor of Humane Letters (LHD)

1982
Orville H. Schell, Jr., Esq.
Hughes Hubbard and Reed LLP
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1982
Hon. James D. Hopkins

Acting Dean, Pace Law School
Justice, New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division-Second Judicial Deptartment
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1981
Robert B. McKay, Esq.
Director, Institute of Judicial Administration and Senior Fellow, Aspen Institute of Humanistic Studies
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1980
Hon. Lawrence H. Cooke
Chief Judge, New York State Court of Appeals
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1979
Hon. William H. Mulligan
Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals-Second Circuit
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

Information for Graduates

Registration
The March 25th deadline for Commencemet 2022 registration and ticket requests on has passed. Please direct questions regarding late registration or any changes to tickets or registration to: commencement@pace.edu

Renting Your Cap & Gown
The original March 25th deadline for ordering your regalia has passed. However, we have extended the order deadline to April 12th for those students who have already registered for commencement but did not place their orders for regalia in time. Please note that late orders will be charged a direct shipping fee since the deadline for onsite distribution has passed.

To order your cap & gown, visit at www.herffjones.com/college then click on “Cap & Gown” and enter “Pace Law” as the law school name. All student graduates, faculty, and staff will rent apparel for $109.35 per person. Your rental attire includes the cap and tassel, the gown, and the J.D. hood. 

Cap and Gown pick-up day is scheduled for April 28, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge,  Preston Hall.  A drop-off location (TBD) will be available on the day of commencement and all students are asked to return the gowns and hoods immediately after the ceremony. The cap and tassel are yours to keep.  

Graduation Portraits
Graduation portraits will be taken on the Law School campus by Thornton Studios on April 28th and 29th, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge, Preston Hall. If weather permits, photos may be taken outside. There is no sitting fee for the portraits. Students will be charged only for their individual picture order if they choose to purchase the portraits. If you are unable to make it on either of those days, Thornton Studios will provide days and times you could visit their studio in NYC to take the photos. Check back for sign-up dates.

If you have any questions, please contact Christie Wisecarver, Law School Events Manager at: cwisecarver@law.pace.edu

Commencement Weekend Activities

Please save the date for these commencement weekend activities celebrating the Class of 2022. Details regarding tickets and registration will be provided to students.
 

Friday, May 13, 2022
Law School Awards Ceremony for the Class of 2022

Mansion on Broadway, 139 N. Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Graduates and up to one family member or guest are invited to a dinner celebrating student achievement.

Saturday, May 14, 2022
Law School Family Day for the Class of 2022

Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Preston Quad, 78 N. Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Graduates and up to two family members or guests are invited to visit the campus for a BBQ and chance to meet and mingle with faculty, staff and fellow graduates.

Monday, May 16, 2022
Commencement 2022

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Flushing Meadows - Corona Park, Flushing, NY 11368
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. – Main Ceremony
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Law School Ceremony