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Haub Law School's 43rd Annual Commencement 2021


Congratulations, Class of 2021!

Haub Law will celebrate its 2021 graduation virtually on Sunday, May 16. The 2021 commencement speaker will be The Honorable Philip M. Halpern '80, U.S. District Judge, Southern District of New York.

This virtual celebration does not take the place of an in-person graduation ceremony, which will be scheduled at a later date when we are able to gather again. 

Last year's virtual celebration included a video of remarks from Dean Horace Anderson, Pace University President Marvin Krislov, U.S. District Judge Malachy Mannion and numerous faculty members. Pace University’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mark Besca, conferred degrees virtually. The video also includes a virtual yearbook with photos and information about graduating students. Click here

Click here to view the 2020 graduation celebration program.

Congratulations from the Dean for Students

Dear Members of the Graduating Class,

Congratulations on the completion of your legal education. You will be joining a distinguished group of alumni and we hope that you will continue your relationship with the Law School through the alumni association.

I have watched you work hard and persevere to become the best lawyers you can be. You have been given the tools you need to pursue the dreams that brought you here; how you choose to use those tools is now in your hands.

I look forward to seeing you at the commencement. This website will be your guide through the various steps leading to commencement and should answer most of your questions. The material on the following pages contains important information about the graduation process and procedures. Please read this information carefully so that we can ensure a successful graduation ceremony.

Best wishes for your continued success.


Angela M. D’Agostino, Esq.
Dean for Students

Important Graduate Information

Virtual Graduation will take place on Sunday, May 16, 2021. 

Graduates are asked to arrive at 9:00 a.m. Please report to the cafeteria with your cap and gown.  Your hood will be provided to you.

When you arrive at the Cafeteria, you will receive one yellow 4 x 7 card. You will carry this card in the procession and hand it to the reader, as you approach the stage.

You will note that the yellow 4 X 7 card has a number on it. You are to line up in numerical order – which automatically will put you in the correct alpha order for the ceremony. It is important that you maintain your proper place in line.

The yellow 4 X 7 card will be given to the photographer after your name is read.

You will form two lines to process. Dean D’Agostino will lead the processional.

Please remain standing until all of the graduates have processed and are at their seats.

The Dean will ask the LL.M./CLS, LL.M/EL candidates to proceed to the stage first. The LL.M./CLS, LL.M./EL candidates will be seated in the right hand section of seats (as you face the stage) and are to proceed to the stage. You will then present your card to Cecelia at the podium next to the stairs. After your name has been read, you proceed up the stairs and stop directly in front of the Professor who will be doing the hooding. Please face the audience and bend slightly backward so that the hood can be placed over your shoulders. Once you have been hooded, you will proceed to shake hands with President Krislov. You will then proceed across the stage to be greeted by the Dean who will present you with a diploma certificate case containing a congratulations letter. You will exit the stage by proceeding to the left ramp. Please stop for your photograph and proceed to walk around the entire section returning to your seat.


This routine will then be repeated with the J.D. candidates when the Dean asks them to approach the stage.

Those graduates seated in the right section of seats (as you face the stage) will proceed to the stairs on the right side of the stage first, to be followed by the left section of seats (as you face the stage). Both sections will proceed up the right side of the stage.

At the end of the program, please remain at your seat until the platform party members have left the stage and have led the recessional. Graduates will immediately follow the platform party out via the center aisle.

The gown and the hood are rentals and therefore must be returned immediately after the ceremony. You may keep your cap and tassel. A return area will be set up at the side entrance to Aloysia Hall. You will not receive your diploma until the apparel is returned. All graduates will be billed for academic apparel that is not returned.

You will receive a letter from the Registrar’s Office, sometime in mid-June, with instructions about picking up your diploma.

All cars must enter the grounds from North Broadway only and will be directed to make a right turn at the security booth and enter campus through the Good Counsel property. Tandem parking will be in place in the lower lots and shuttle service will be provided. At the conclusion of the ceremony, all cars will exit from the lower parking lot gate. Security officers will direct the flow of traffic.

If you have a guest with limited mobility due to a disability, we ask that you or the driver STOP AT THE SECURITY BOOTH for special instructions on parking or the discharging of passengers.

In the event of rain:
The parking behind Dannat Hall will be reserved for passengers or drivers with wheel chairs. A security guard will be stationed at that parking lot to direct guests to the designated seating areas under the tent.

Rain or Sun:
It is important that guests who require wheel chairs NOT BE DISCHARGED FROM THEIR VEHICLES IN THE LOWER LOTS. Our security staff will assist you in assuring the safety of our guests with special needs, but they cannot do so if you attempt to bring these guests from the lower lots.

The ceremony will last approximately two hours.

After the ceremony, there will be light refreshments for graduates and their guests held on the lawn between Preston Hall and Aloysia Hall. In the event of rain, refreshments will be served in the Tudor room and the Preston Student Lounge.

It is a violation of University policy for anyone to possess or consume any alcoholic beverage, including beer, during any part of the commencement program from the moment of arrival on campus. A violation of this policy may disqualify the violator from participation in the commencement program. Anyone who appears to be intoxicated will also be disqualified from participation.

Please note that we do not have facilities to check personal items. Women should not bring handbags. If you must, we suggest leaving it with one of your guests. If men prefer not to wear their suit jacket under the gown we suggest that it be left with one of your guests.

The facilities staff will be cleaning the cafeteria soon after the processional begins. We are not responsible for valuables left behind.

Christopher's Studio, a local video company, will record the event and sell DVD copies. You must place your order directly with them using this Order Form.

All graduates must complete the Required Exit Form from the Center for Professional and Career Development (CCPD). The form will be emailed by the CCPD and will be available at Cap & Gown pick up.

Academic Attire

Academic attire consisting of a cap, gown and hood will be distributed to all graduates participating in the ceremony. Graduating students must order the cap and gown online. Instructions on ordering will be e-mailed to students.



These listings do not constitute an endorsement of these establishments by Pace University School of Law.

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Crowne Plaza, White Plains - (914) 682-0050

Sheraton - (914) 332-7900

Renaissance Westchester Hotel - (800) 891-2696

Ritz Carlton, White Plains, NY - (914) 946-5500

Residence Inn Marriott, White Plains, NY - (914) 761-7700

Guest Seating and Tickets

The graduation ceremony is a special occasion for family and friends of the graduates and seating is designated primarily for them. Except for the graduates, there are no reserved seating areas. Graduates requiring special arrangements regarding the seating or line of march should contact Kay Longworth (914) 422-4360 or by e-mail at

In the event of rain, the ceremony will still take place on the Good Counsel Lawn. Space under the tent will be limited to the graduates only.

It is the responsibility of the graduates to inform us if a guest requires special arrangements regarding parking or seating. Our disabled parking is limited but Security will keep a list of those people that will need to be discharged at the Security booth so that they may easily navigate onto the lawn. The driver of the vehicle will then be instructed to follow the traffic flow to the parking areas.

Photographs will also be taken by a photographer during the commencement ceremony. The photographer will take individual photos of graduates as graduating students leave the stage. Proofs will be mailed with an order form and pricing information.

Commencement Speaker

The commencement speaker for the 2021 ceremony will be The Honorable Philip M. Halpern '80, U.S. District Judge, Southern District of New York.


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.


First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker, New York City Police Department (NYPD) 
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

Liliane Haub 
Doctor of Laws (LLD)


Judge Robert Keating
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

John Joseph Cronin
Hudson Riverkeeper
Juris Doctor (JD)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hon. James D. Hopkins

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

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

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

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

Graduation Eligibility

Students who expect to receive degrees in January, May, and September 2017 are welcome to participate in the May 2017 commencement ceremony. All University “financial obligations” must be removed on or before May 1, 2017. If any academic requirements (with the exception of final grades) or financial obligations have not been met by this date, you will not be eligible to graduate. Inquiries regarding degree completion may be directed to the Registrar’s Office, Aloysia Hall, first floor.


The Registrar’s Office will be notifying degree candidates about the dates for diploma distribution. Candidates must have completed all academic requirements and have no outstanding University “holds” to receive their diplomas. For additional information about diplomas, please contact the Registrar’s Office.