Commencement

Graduates at commencement
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ELISABETH HAUB SCHOOL OF LAW 45TH ANNUAL COMMENCEMENT 2023

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law 2023 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 15, 2023 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York, and be part of a university-wide celebration.

For more information, including graduate registration deadlines, please visit: www.pace.edu/commencement

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 - Important Dates!
Monday, March 13, 2023
Apply for Graduation

Monday, March 13, 2023
Register to Attend and Request Tickets for Commencement

Friday, April 14, 2023
Order Graduation Regalia (cap and gown)

Renting Your Cap & Gown
To order your cap & gown, visit at www.herffjones.com/college and enter “Pace University School of Law” in the school search field. All student graduates, faculty, and staff will rent apparel for $111.35 per person. Your rental attire includes the cap and tassel, the gown, and the J.D. hood. The cap and tassel are yours to keep.  

Except for those students residing in Dannat Hall, all orders will be shipped directly to your home address specified.

Graduation Portraits
Graduation portraits will be taken by Island Photography on December 1st from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and December 2nd from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge, Preston Hall. If weather permits, photos may be taken outside. There will be a $10 sitting fee for the portraits. Students will be charged only for their individual picture order if they choose to purchase the portraits. Please come in business attire. Graduation attire will be available for the photos. SIGN UP HERE>

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

Commencement Activities

Please save the date for these commencement activities celebrating the Class of 2023. This page will be updated as events are confirmed. Details regarding tickets and registration will be provided to students.

 

Monday, May 15, 2023
Commencement 2023

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Flushing Meadows - Corona Park, Flushing, NY 11368
Time TBD – Main Ceremony
Time TBD – Law School Ceremony