Pace Announces 101st commencements and honorary degrees

Pace University will confer more than 3,500 graduate and undergraduate degrees at its five commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 20, Monday, May 21, and Wednesday, May 23.

Contacts:
Chris Cory, 212-346-1117, cell 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu
Sammie Becker, 212-346-1637, cell 917-734-5172, sbecker2@pace.edu
Bill Caldwell, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu
Cara Halstead, 914-773-3312, cell 914-906 9680, chalstead@pace.edu
Regina Pappalardo (Law), 914-422-4268, cell 914-422-4039 rpappalardo@law.pace.edu

For Immediate Release

PACE UNIVERSITY 101st COMMENCEMENTS TO HONOR LEADERS
INCLUDING DEIRDRE IMUS, ENVIRONMENTAL AND CHILD ADVOCATE,
WILLIAM THOMPSON, NEW YORK CITY COMPTROLLER

New York, NY – May 17, 2007 – Pace University will confer more than 3,500 graduate and undergraduate degrees at its five commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 20, Monday, May 21, and Wednesday, May 23.

Honorary degree recipients, all of whom will briefly address the audiences, are
• Deirdre Imus, a crusader for the use of environmentally-friendly cleanup compounds in homes and institutions and for several children’s causes;
• Eugene Lang, the philanthropist founder of the “I Have a Dream” program and of Project Pericles, which encourages citizenship in college students;
• James Lipton, the host of Bravo network’s “Inside the Actors Studio” and dean emeritus of the Actors Studio MFA program in theater, which is now at Pace;
• Andrew Revkin, an environment reporter for The New York Times who was one of the first journalists to write about global warming;
• Margaret Ryan, a lawyer and former US Marine who was recently appointed a judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces;
• William C. Thompson, the New York City Comptroller who is openly exploring a run for mayor;
• Jean Fagan Yellin, scholar and editor of the forthcoming papers of the escaped slave Harriet Jacobs.

Media admission is by press pass.

SCHEDULE FOLLOWS:

Sunday, May 20
10 a.m.
Pace Law School
78 North Broadway
White Plains, New York

• Honorable Margaret A. Ryan, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
Doctor of Laws
An experienced Marine and outstanding lawyer, Ryan was confirmed in 2006 as a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces after being nominated by President George W. Bush. The court exercises worldwide appellate jurisdiction over members of the U.S. military on active duty and other persons subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

2:30 p.m.
Graduate degrees for Westchester campuses
Goldstein Health, Fitness, and Recreation Center, Pleasantville Campus
861 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, New York

• Andrew C. Revkin Environmental Writer, The New York Times
Doctor of Humane Letters
Revkin is one of America’s most respected and influential science journalists, having covered global warming before the topic was widely recognized and explained the science and politics of the environment via journalism, books and films.

Monday, May 21
11 a.m.
Undergraduate degrees for Westchester campuses
Goldstein Health, Fitness, and Recreation Center, Pleasantville Campus
861 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, New York

• Deirdre Imus, founder and president, Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology
Doctor of Humane Letters
Imus is an advocate for children’s health and a significant campaigner against the negative impact of environmental toxins.

Wednesday, May 23
10:30 a.m.
Radio City Music Hall
Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets)
New York City

Undergraduate degrees for New York City campuses
• Eugene M. Lang, Founder and President, Project Pericles
Doctor of Humane Letters
Lang created the “I Have a Dream Foundation” in 1981 and the program’s success inspired federal and state legislation that now benefits millions of children. In 1981 he established Project Pericles, an organization that engages colleges and universities to encourage and facilitate the participation of American youth in democracy. Pace University was among the first 10 colleges and universities committed to become Periclean.

• William C. Thompson Jr., New York City Comptroller
Doctor of Humane Letters
A lifelong resident of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and proud product of the New York City public school system, Thompson has devoted his career to working as advocate for the people and an example of integrity and sincerity in government.

• Jean Fagan Yellin, Distinguished Professor of English Emerita, Pace University, Author
Doctor of Humane Letters
Yellin is one of the United States’ most distinguished scholars of the literature of slavery, author of Harriet Jacobs: A Life, a biography revealing Jacobs’ inspiring roles in the movements for women’s suffrage and the education of former slaves, and editor of the forthcoming Harriet Jacobs Papers.

4 p.m.
Radio City Music Hall
Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets)
New York City
Graduate degrees for New York City campuses

• James Lipton, Host, Inside the Actors Studio
Doctor of Humane Letters
Though renowned as the host of the television program Inside the Actors Studio, Lipton also is that program’s creator, executive producer, and writer, not to mention a multi-gifted actor, director, choreographer, producer, poet, and writer. He is also dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School, which last year relocated to Pace University as the Actors Studio MFA Program.

About Pace University. For 101 years Pace University has been preparing students to become leaders in their fields by providing an education that combines exceptional academics with professional experience and the New York advantage. Pace has three campuses, in New York City, Westchester, and White Plains. A private metropolitan university, Pace enrolls nearly 13,500 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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