Pace Celebrates 99th Annual Commencement Ceremonies

Nearing its 100th anniversary in 2006, Pace University will confer more than 3,000 graduate and undergraduate degrees at its 99th commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 22, Monday, May 23, and Wednesday, May 25.

Chris Cory, 212-346-1117, 917-608-8164
Rosemary Mercedes, 212-346-1637, 914-424-3845,
Bill Caldwell, 212-346-1567,
Cara Halstead, 914-773-3312, 914-906-9680
Jennifer Riekert (Law School), 914-422-4128,


Empire State Development Corporation Chairman Charles A. Gargano,
Former World Bank Official Mark Malloch Brown,
JP Morgan Treasury and Securities CEO Chase Heidi Miller,
WCBS-TV Anchor and Reporter Roz Abrams, and
Tribeca Film Festival Co Founder Jane Rosenthal
To be among honorary degree recipients at

99th annual Commencement Ceremonies, May 22, 23 and 25

New York, NY – May 19, 2005 – Nearing its 100th anniversary in 2006, Pace University will confer more than 3,000 graduate and undergraduate degrees at its 99th commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 22, Monday, May 23, and Wednesday, May 25.

The ceremonies will acknowledge the special qualities of students who enrolled four years ago just before the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. Pace’s downtown New York City campus is the closest university to Ground Zero, and its Pleasantville campus temporarily housed New York City students when the downtown campus had to be temporarily closed.

All honorary degree recipients will briefly address the audience.

Media admission is by press pass. Please notify Rosemary Mercedes (above) if you will cover.


Sunday, May 22

10 a.m.
Pace Law School Commencement
Chapel Green, White Plains Campus
76 Broadway
Whiteplains, New York

•Mark Malloch Brown, Administrator, United Nations Development Program
Doctor of Laws
A journalist, political adviser, and former World Bank official, Brown has worked with politicians and executives from across the globe to address the needs of people in developing countries. As administrator of the United Nations Development Program, he raised $1 billion a year for programs to promote democracy, fight poverty, and aid refugees.

2:30 p.m.
Pace Westchester Graduate Ceremony (masters and doctorates)
Goldstein Fitness Center and Recreation Center, Pleasantville Campus
861 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, New York

•Jose Luis Castro, Director, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Doctor of Humane Letters
An international educator and humanitarian, Castro passionately works to educate and provide medication to those with tuberculosis in a worldwide effort to stem the tide of this curable disease. As a student at Pace, he received the Pace Trustees’ Award for his service to the University, and as a faculty member he was presented the Dyson College Distinguished Achievement Award.

Monday, May 23

11 a.m.
Westchester Undergraduate Ceremony
Goldstein Fitness Center and Recreation Center, Pleasantville Campus
861 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, New York

•Roz Abrams, News Anchor and Reporter, WCBS-TV
Doctor of Humane Letters
WCBS-TV news anchor and reporter, Abrams may be best known for her almost 20 years on WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News. She has been part of award-winning coverage of some of the biggest stories of our time, including the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001; the blackout of 2003; the end of apartheid in South Africa; the Chernobyl nuclear disaster; and the worldwide AIDS epidemic.

•Dorothy Orr, Vice Chair, African American Leadership Forum for Education and Economic Policy
Doctor of Humane Letters
A pioneer who has devoted her life to building interracial coalitions among the elderly, youth, educators, corporate leaders, government officials, legislators, and community service executives, Orr was instrumental in helping found the Westchester County African American Leadership Forum/Pace University Institute for Advancement of Equal Opportunity in Education.

Wednesday, May 25

New York City Ceremonies
Radio City Music Hall
Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets)
New York City

10:30 a.m.
Undergraduate Commencement

• Charles A, Gargano, Chairman, Empire State Development Corporation
Doctor of Commercial Science
The former ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Gargano was appointed by Governor George Pataki in 1995 as chairman and CEO of Empire State Development Corporation and vice chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He has been part of the efforts to revitalize Times Square, lower Manhattan, Pennsylvania Station, and Niagara Falls.

• Jane Rosenthal, President, Tribeca Productions and Co-Founder, Tribeca Film Festival
Doctor of Fine Arts
Rosenthal, film producer and Manhattan resident, works toward the continued recovery of lower Manhattan after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Her company, Tribeca Productions, produces the Tribeca Film Festival, which has infused the regions’ economy with a reported $125 million. In the aftermath of 9/11, the festival encourages residents to return to normal activities by providing them with a range of unique film-oriented experiences while creating film and business opportunities for lower Manhattan.

• Jean Fagan Yellin, Distinguished Professor, Scholar and Civil Rights Activist; 2004 Frederick Douglas Book Prize winner.
Doctor of Fine Arts
Historian and scholar Yellin’s significant contributions to the research of African-American women’s heritage and the subject of slavery in the United States, and her authentication of a young slave girl’s manuscript, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, earned her a bounty of awards including the prestigious, $25,000 Frederick Douglass Book Prize for 2004.

4 p.m.
Graduate Ceremony

• Heidi Miller, CEO, Treasury and Security Services, JP Morgan Chase
Doctor of Commercial Science
One of the country’s most prominent women in banking and finance, Miller is an outspoken advocate for women in business. In 2003, for example, Miller sponsored a program that led to Bank One providing the seed funding to help create the Executive Leadership Institute of Women of Color.

A private university in the New York Metropolitan area, Pace has a growing national reputation for offering students opportunity, teaching and learning based on research, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. Pace has seven campuses, including downtown and midtown New York City, Pleasantville, Briarcliff, White Plains (a graduate center and law school), and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, N.Y. Approximately 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School. For inquiries about the nursing programs at Pace, email, or call (914) 773-3552.

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