NEWS RELEASE: Pace University 2011 graduates to hear NY State’s Chief Judge, 20-year referee of Yonkers school integration, President of New York Academy of Medicine, visionary creator of 9/11 “Rebirth” documentary


Pace University 2011 graduates to hear NY State’s Chief Judge, 20-year referee of Yonkers school integration, President of New York Academy of Medicine, visionary creator of 9/11 “Rebirth” documentary

Manhattan ceremonies move to Avery Fisher Hall

NEW YORK, NY, March 25, 2011 – Influential professionals in law, civil rights and business, medicine, and entertainment are this year’s commencement speakers at Pace University.

Media admission is by press pass.

Westchester Ceremonies

 Law School

 Sunday, May 8, 10:00 a.m.

 Pace University Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY

 Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York, will receive an honorary Doctorate of Laws.

 Lippman has played a central role in many far-reaching reforms of the judiciary and legal profession, including the introduction of problem-solving community courts, drug courts, and domestic violence courts throughout the state. He has been Chief Judge of the State of New York since his appointment by Governor David A. Paterson in January 2009. Before that he was Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Department, and for ten years from 1996 to 2007 served as Chief Administrative Judge of all New York State courts – the longest tenured service of anyone in that position.

A graduate of New York University who earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law, he began his career as an entry-level court attorney in the Supreme Court in Manhattan. He was first appointed to the bench in 1995 by Governor George Pataki as a Judge of the New York Court of Claims, and was later elected as a Justice of the Supreme Court for the Ninth Judicial District and served as an Associate Justice of the Appellate Term for the Ninth and Tenth Judicial Districts. He is a member of the Conference of Chief Justices, former President of the Conference of State Court Administrators, and former Vice-Chair of the Board of the National Center for State Courts.

 Westchester Undergraduate

 Friday, May 20, 11:00 a.m.

 Ann & Alfred Goldstein Health and Fitness Center, Pleasantville Campus, 861 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville, NY, entrance # 3

Joseph M. Pastore, Jr., PhD, Professor Emeritus (in Residence) at Pace’s Lubin School of Business, will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

Pastore, a much sought-after expert on business management, university administrator, and mediator, for twenty years from 1986-2006 was Monitor and Special Master overseeing the desegregation of the Yonkers, New York, public schools in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education. A graduate of St. Bonaventure University who earned his Ph.D. from Saint Louis University, he has authored, co-authored, or edited over forty articles, monographs, papers, and book chapters and has lectured in executive development programs for such organizations as Verizon Communications, British Telecommunications, AT&T, Swiss Re, Monsanto, IBM, Prudential-Bache Securities, Technicon, Corning, Reader’s Digest, and Dresser Industries.

In higher education, at St. Bonaventure University he served as Dean of the School of Business and Vice President and Provost before moving to Pace in 1973. There he has been Dean of the Lubin School of Business, Vice President and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, and from 1985 to 1991, University Provost. He served as Executive Vice President of Boston College from 1991 to 1993, before returning to Pace as a professor. 

New York City Ceremonies

This year, Pace’s Manhattan ceremonies will be held in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, with overflow seating in an air conditioned tent on the adjoining plaza. The University secured the hall after an exhaustive search for a replacement for its usual venue, Radio City Music Hall, which displaced the graduations of many institutions due to performances of Cirque du Soleil. Madison Square Garden, a larger possible alternative, also is closed due to renovations.

New York Undergraduate

Sunday, May 22, 10:30 a.m.

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center (northern end of the Lincoln Center Plaza, corner of Columbus Avenue and 65th Street.)

Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, President of The New York Academy of Medicine, will receive an honorary Doctorate of Science.

Boufford, a pediatrician, is a nationally-respected authority on health care. She served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in the US Department of Health and Human Services from November 1993 to January 1997, and as Acting Assistant Secretary from January 1997 to May 1997. Earlier, she served as President of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest municipal health system in the United States. In addition to heading the New York Academy of Medicine, she is Professor of Public Service, Health Policy, and Management at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she was dean from 1997 to 2002, and is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine.

A graduate of University of Michigan who earned her MD, with distinction, from the University of Michigan Medical School, her international experience includes service as the US representative on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO), and work as Director of the King’s Fund College in London, a royal charity dedicated to the support of health and social services throughout the United Kingdom. She is now Chair of the board for the Center for Health Care Strategies and serves on the boards of the United Hospital Fund, the Primary Care Development Corporation, and Public Health Solutions (formerly MHRA).

Westchester and New York City Graduate

Sunday, May 22, 4:00 p.m.

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center

Jim Whitaker, Chairman of Whitaker Entertainment, based at Walt Disney Pictures, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts.

Whitaker is the founder and director of “Rebirth,” a new feature-length documentary which reviewers called “both a work of art and of the heart” and “a real emotional powerhouse and a staggering achievement” after its premiere at the 2011 Sundance festival. Six months after 9/11, Whitaker’s Project Rebirth installed three time-lapse cameras (now increased to 14) in and around the site, recording a frame of film every five minutes, 24 hours a day. The resulting film combines that photography with the intimate stories of ten survivors of the attack who Whitaker has followed for the past nine years as they coped with grief and stress.

Whitaker, a Georgetown University graduate who earned his MFA from the University of Southern California, began his career at Imagine Entertainment as an intern assisting craft services on John Waters’ “Hairspray.” He became President of Motion Picture Production in 2004. He has executive produced such films as “The Changeling,” “American Gangster,” “Cinderella Man,” “Friday Night Lights,” “8 Mile,” and “Curious George.”

About Pace University

For 105 years, Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace University, 212-346-1597,

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