The Journal News: Pace University graduation Photo Gallery, classmates honor Danroy Henry

Several media outlets in Westchester covered Pace’s undergraduate commencement ceremony in Pleasantville and the Law School commencement in White Plains. The Journal News, The Examiner, News 12, The Daily Pleasantville and Patch.com were on hand to celebrate the 2012 graduations.

Several media outlets in Westchester covered Pace’s undergraduate commencement ceremony in Pleasantville and the Law School commencement in White Plains. The Journal News, The Examiner, News 12, The Daily Pleasantville and Patch.com were on hand to celebrate the 2012 graduations.

Patch.com‘s coverage included photos and video:

“Stories are not static, but dynamic. They continue to evolve in ways we can anticipate and in ways we can’t.”

In his commencement speech to the Pace University Class of 2012, Jacob Burns Film Center Executive Director Stephen Apkon (a Pace alumnus) encouraged the graduates to use their knowledge and experience to shape their own stories as they continue their journeys, yet be open to “uncommon sense.”

“So, what will your story be?” he asked.

For Alison Lee Goshgarian—a Dyson College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate and one of the 433 students who walked across the Goldstein Fitness Center stage in Pleasantville Friday—her story started off with an unexpected turn of events.

“When I was a senior in high school, I was rejected from every college I applied to,” she revealed to the crowd of 3,200 attendees. “That damper on my self-esteem is what turned my life into a complete different direction.”

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) also shared a personal anecdote that changed his life. As a young man, he was offered an all-expenses paid opportunity to travel around the world, but chose to stay home with a girl he loved…who ended up leaving him shortly after.

“There I was—no scholarship, no trip around the world…no girl,” he said. “I said to myself, ‘What a loser you are.'”

After moping around “for several months” and then attending law school, Schumer decided to change courses again and run for office.

“Don’t forget—go for it!” he told the graduates.

From the Pleasantville Examiner:

Stephen Apkon, founder and executive director of the Jacob Burns Film Center, was awarded an honorary degree and delivered the commencement address at Pace University’s May 11 graduation at its Pleasantville campus.

The ceremonies, which also featured U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, drew more than 3,000 people who watched the 443 graduates receive their degrees.

“Today is not just a marking of classes taken or credits earned, of tests passed or majors fulfilled, it is neither beginning nor end, but rather a place to stop, to celebrate your accomplishments and to look toward the future,” Apkon said. “It is a turning of the page.”

Apkon spoke to graduates about the importance of stories in their lives and how that has evolved over the years.

“I have pinned above my desk a quote from the great American documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles who said, ‘The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them. If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away when they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. That is why we put these stories in each other’s memory. This is how people care for themselves.”

Despite the steep challenges facing graduates, Apkon pointed out how the world is more interconnected than it has ever been and how much easier it is to bring stories and information to the masses.

“Over four billion videos are viewed [on youtube] by more than 800 million people,” Apkon said. “More video is uploaded each month than our networks produced collectively, in their more than 60 years of existence. Videos can be created and shared by each of us as a result of hitting send.”

In his parting words to the Class of 2012, Apkon told them to write their own story, occupy their life and listen deeply.

“Foster the seeds that have been planted in your time here at Pace University,” Apkon said. “I congratulate you and wish you continued success. I wish you happiness, fulfillment and deep connection. And I wish you uncommon sense.”

Schumer congratulated the graduates and told them and their families to cherish a special moment such as this.

“One of the greatest days of the life of my wife and me was seeing our daughter graduate college,” Schumer said. “Congratulations to your moms and dads.”

From The Daily Pleasantville:

Undergraduate students at Pace University‘s Pleasantville campus walked the onto the stage and into a new phase of life during Friday morning’s graduation ceremony.

“Commencement is a beginning; not an end,” said Harriet Feldman, interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “We know that this commencement ceremony not only marks great achievement, in your Pace University degree, but it also marks an achievement that will continue throughout your lifetimes.”

Degrees were given to 433 students, who arrived in the Goldstein Fitness Center on a blue carpet, where they were greeted by more than 3,200 cheering friends, relatives and parents.

“Is this really happening?” said Alison Lee Goshgarian, the class speaker. Goshgarian, a graduate of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, said she was rejected by every college she applied to out of high school.

“As we all know, life isn’t easy. But I chose to overcome adversity,” Goshgarian said. “That morning when I woke up I told myself, ‘You’re going to go to junior college for one year, and one year only. You gotta get straight A’s; you’re going to go to a place where you can start and design your life.’ And I did. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to get to your next step. Sometimes you need to take those baby steps in order for you to achieve your goal.”

Goshgarian also paid tribute to a fallen classmate, D.J. Henry, who was fatally shot in 2010. He had been on schedule to graduate in 2012.

“We are not just students; we are a community,” Goshgarian said. “Together we have experienced happiness, stress, tears, laughter, love and tragedy. Tragedy struck our class, and we honor the spirit of those not with us today. And we can safely say that Pace has turned us into a family.”

Stephen Apkon, founder and executive director of the Jacob Burns Film Center, received an honorary degree and addressed the students during the ceremony.

“Each of you, the Pace University class of 2012, stand here today, poised to change the world, to make it a little healthier, a little more just, a little more connected,” Apkon said. “You will no doubt experience unforeseen challenges and unanticipated joys. You will suffer unexpected setbacks and unimagined successes. In short, you will experience life in its fullest.”

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NEWS RELEASE: Pace Law School Announces Distinguished Federal Judge as 2012 Commencement Speaker

At its 34th commencement ceremonies to be held on May 20, 2012 at 10:00am, Pace Law School will confer an honorary degree on The Honorable Andrew L. Carter, Jr., US District Judge for the Southern District of New York (SDNY).

Pace Law School Announces Distinguished Federal Judge as 2012 Commencement Speaker

WHITE PLAINS, NY – At its 34th commencement ceremonies to be held on May 20, 2012 at 10:00am, Pace Law School will confer an honorary degree on The Honorable Andrew L. Carter, Jr., US District Judge for the Southern District of New York (SDNY).

Judge Carter, the youngest sitting judge in the Southern District of New York, was nominated by President Barack Obama in May 2011 and confirmed by the United States Senate in December 2011. Previously, he served as United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York beginning in July 2009.

Early in his career, Judge Carter worked for 13 years as a public defender, representing those who could not afford legal counsel. He was with the Federal Defenders of New York from 2005-2009, first as a staff attorney and the last three years as a supervising attorney. From 1996-2005, he was with the Legal Aid Society of New York, serving in the criminal defense division and then in the federal defenders division. Prior to his work as a public defender, he fulfilled a two-year fellowship with the Ford Foundation
where he conducted legal research and supported the Foundation’s grant making efforts.

From Albany, Georgia, Judge Carter graduated from the University of Texas in 1991 and earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1994. While a law student, Carter co-founded the BELL Foundation, an organization that provides educational summer and after school activities for students from low-income communities. He continues to serve on the Foundation’s board of directors.

“We are pleased to have Judge Carter as our commencement speaker. I believe his distinguished record of public service will be an
inspiration for our graduates,” said Pace Law School Dean Michelle S. Simon.

Pace Law School has over 7,000 alumni throughout the country and the world, and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top three programs in environmental law. On its White Plains, NY, campus, it offers JD programs and the Master of Laws degree in Environmental Law, including the nation’s first graduate level programs in Climate Change and Land Use and Sustainable Development, and Comparative Legal Studies, and a Doctor of Laws in Environmental Law. The School of Law is part of Pace University, a comprehensive, independent, and diversified university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. www.law.pace.edu

NEWS RELEASE: University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala to Receive Honorary Degree at 2012 Pace Graduate Commencement ceremony

Donna E. Shalala, Professor of Political Science and President of the University of Miami, will receive an honorary degree at Pace University’s graduate commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 16 at Radio City
Music Hall in New York City, 4:00 p.m.

Pace University announces University of Miami president Donna E. Shalala to receive honorary degree and speak at 2012 graduate commencement ceremony

NEW YORK, NY, April 24, 2012 – Donna E. Shalala, Professor of Political Science and President of the University of Miami, will receive an honorary degree at Pace University’s graduate commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 16 at Radio City
Music Hall in New York City, 4:00 p.m.

“We are delighted to have Donna Shalala as a speaker and honorary degree recipient at our commencement ceremony for graduate students this year,” said Stephen J. Friedman, President of Pace. “Dr. Shalala’s career is an outstanding example of public service, scholarship and academic leadership, all at the highest levels. She is sure to inspire our graduates.”

Shalala became Professor of Political Science and President of the University of Miami on June 1, 2001.  She has more than 30 years of experience as an accomplished scholar, teacher, and administrator. During her tenure, UM has solidified its position among top U.S. research universities. Momentum: The Campaign for the University of Miami, one of the first billion-dollar capital campaigns completed in the United States, raised $1.4 billion in private support for the university’s endowment, academic and research programs and facilities. In February 2012, the University publicly launched its second billion-dollar
campaign, Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami, which has raised more than $906
million to date.

In 1993 President Clinton appointed her U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) where she served for eight years, becoming the longest serving HHS Secretary in U.S. history. At the end of her tenure as HHS Secretary, The Washington Post described her as “one of the most successful government managers of modern times.”

She served in the Carter administration from 1977-80 as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In 2007, President George W. Bush handpicked Shalala to co-chair with Senator Bob Dole the Commission on Care for Returning Wounded Warriors, to evaluate how wounded service members transition from active duty to civilian society. In 2009 she was appointed chair of the Committee on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

She has been elected to the Council on Foreign Relations; National Academy of Education; the National Academy of Public Administration; the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the American Philosophical Society; the National Academy
of Social Insurance; the American Academy of Political and Social Science; and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Shalala received her A.B. degree in history from Western College for Women.  One of the country’s
first Peace Corps Volunteers, she served in Iran from 1962 to 1964. She earned her Ph.D. degree from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.  She has held tenured professorships at Columbia University, the City University of New York (CUNY), and the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She served as President of Hunter College of the City University of New York from 1980 to 1987 and as Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1987 to 1993.

About Pace

For 105 years, Pace University has educated 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. www.pace.edu.

Media admission is by press pass. Contact: Bill Caldwell, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

NEWS RELEASE: Pace to Bestow Honorary Degree on Film and Education Visionary Stephen Apkon, Founder/Executive Director of the Jacob Burns Film Center

As Founder and Executive Director of the Jacob Burns Film Center, Stephen Apkon has combined a lifelong passion for film with his desire to revitalize Pleasantville, NY. Apkon will address members of Pace University’s Undergraduate Class of 2012, Pleasantville Campus, their families and friends when Pace holds Commencement on Friday, May 11 at 11:00 am at the Goldstein Fitness Center.

Pace University to Bestow Honorary Degree on  Film and Education Visionary Stephen Apkon,  Founder/Executive Director of the Jacob Burns Film Center

Pace University’s 2012 Westchester Undergraduate Commencement will be held on Friday, May 11

NEW YORK, NY, April 26, 2012 – As Founder and Executive Director of the Jacob Burns Film Center, Stephen Apkon has combined a lifelong passion for film with his desire to revitalize Pleasantville, NY. Apkon will address members of Pace University’s Undergraduate Class of 2012, Pleasantville Campus, their families and friends when Pace holds  Commencement on Friday, May 11 at 11:00 am at the Goldstein Fitness Center.

Named one of Westchester’s most influential residents by Westchester Magazine in 2008, Apkon is best known locally for leading the transformation of The Rome Theater, which was built in 1925 during the golden age of cinema and shuttered in 1987 due to competition from neighboring multiplexes.  Together with a group of like-minded individuals, he formed the Friends of the Rome Theater, a nonprofit organization that purchased the 11,000-square foot landmark movie house for $1 million in 1998 and ambitiously set out to resurrect it and expand it by 6,000 square feet. The Rome Theater was renamed the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC), in honor of Jacob Burns, a local lawyer who died in 1993 and whose family foundation gave $1.5 million to the venture. The Media Arts Lab, 27,000 square foot 21st century education facility opened under Apkon’s leadership in 2009.

Pace President Stephen J. Friedman said:  “Steve Apkon is a former Wall Street merchant banker who left the world of finance to follow his passion for film and education and brought leadership, vision and direction to a burgeoning arts organization. In the past ten years, over one million people have seen more than 4,000 films at the JBFC, whose mission is to bring a diversity of film and educational programs to Westchester County and its surrounding communities.  The JBFC is recognized nationally as a model for effective arts and education programming and management. Steve’s story is a powerful example to our graduates that one can achieve great things by following one’s passions.”

Apkon is committed not only to presenting a wide array of films but also to hosting a range of related experiences, including art exhibitions, book signings, live performances, and a wealth of after-screening interviews and discussions with filmmakers, scholars, critics, and authors. In addition to its extensive film programming offerings, JBFC designed and has been a national leader in the development of film and visual literacy education programs for teachers and students of all ages through curriculum-based programs, after-school enrichment, curriculum-enhancing film programming, and film production experiences.

Members of JBFC’s Board of Directors include Academy Award-winning Directors Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Jonathan Demme. Janet Maslin, the former New York Times Film Critic, serves as Board President.

From 1992 to 1999, Apkon was a General Partner in Crossroads Partners, LLC, a private merchant banking partnership based in Westchester. Before then, from 1988 to 1992, he was a Principal at Odyssey Partners, LP, a private Manhattan-based investment partnership primarily involved in management buyouts in diverse industries. From 1986 to 1988, he was an Associate in the Merger and Acquisitions Department of Goldman Sachs & Co. in Manhattan.

Apkon graduated from Georgetown University in 1983 and in 1986 received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with distinction. He serves on the Board of Directors of Advancing Human Rights, the World Cinema Foundation and Evermore Funds, LLC. Apkon is also President of Big 20 Productions, and has several films in production, including The Patron, which he is co-directing and producing with Ido Haar, and Recruitment Day, a look into the ways nations recruit their military, which he is producing. He is the author of the upcoming book The Age of the Image: A Call to Redefine Literacy in a Visually Driven World to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2012.

About Pace University For over 100 years, Pace 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. www.pace.edu

Media Contact: Cara Cea, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

NEWS RELEASE: New York Restaurateur, Entrepreneur, Humanitarian and Hospitality Leader Danny Meyer as Honorary Degree Recipient and Speaker at 2012 Pace New York Undergraduate Commencement

Danny Meyer, an icon in the restaurant industry, will address graduates of Pace University’s Class of 2012, New York City campus, their families and friends when Pace holds its Commencement on Wednesday, May 16 at 10:30am at Radio City Music Hall.

Pace University Announces New York Restaurateur, Entrepreneur, Humanitarian and Hospitality Leader Danny Meyer as Honorary Degree Recipient and Speaker at 2012 New York Undergraduate Commencement 

Commencement to be Held on Wednesday, May 16 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City

NEW YORK, NY, April 26 2012 – Danny Meyer, an icon in the restaurant industry, will address graduates of Pace University’s Class of 2012, New York City campus, their families and friends when Pace holds its  Commencement on Wednesday, May 16 at 10:30am at Radio City Music Hall.

“Danny Meyer is a ‘transforming power in the restaurant business,’” said Stephen J. Friedman, Pace’s President, who will bestow on Meyer an honorary doctorate at the ceremonies. “As our graduates take the first steps in applying their education in the world, they will be motivated by Danny’s remarkable entrepreneurial success and service to society.”

In October 1985, at age 27, Meyer launched his career as a restaurateur by opening his first restaurant. Union Square Cafe pioneered a new breed of American eatery pairing imaginative food and wine with caring hospitality. A critical success from the start, Union Square Cafe has been voted Zagat Survey’s Most Popular Restaurant in New York City an unprecedented nine times. His second restaurant, Gramercy Tavern, has earned that same top rating six times. In addition to redefining the casual fine
dining restaurant, the “Union Square Greenmarket/farm-to-table concept” restaurant is widely credited as having sparked the dramatic resurgence of the Union Square neighborhood over the past 20 years.

Now 27 years later, at the age of 54, Meyer is the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group.  His business employs over 2,400 people and includes his flagship Union Square Cafe, as well as unique dining destinations Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke, Jazz
Standard, Shake Shack, The Modern, Café 2 and Terrace 5 (at the Museum of Modern Art), Maialino, Untitled (at the Whitney Museum of American Art) and North End Grill in Battery Park City, plus Union Square Events and Hospitality Quotient (HQ). The latter is a learning business of interactive classes and training programs focused on helping individuals, companies and even college students understand the power of hospitality.

Meyer, his restaurants and chefs have earned an unprecedented 24 James Beard Awards, including: Outstanding Restaurant of the Year; Outstanding Service; Outstanding Wine Service; Humanitarian of the Year; Who’s Who of Food & Beverage; Best Restaurant Design; and Best Restaurant Graphic Design. Four of USHG’s restaurants have earned three stars from The New York Times; in 2009, Eleven Madison Park was upgraded to four stars. Three of the five “Most Popular” restaurants in the 2011 New York Zagat Survey are part of Union Square Hospitality Group.

Meyer co-authored The Union Square Cafe Cookbook (HarperCollins, 1994) with his business partner, Chef Michael Romano. The book earned the IACP Julia Child Award for the best new cookbook by a first-time author, and was followed up with the highly acclaimed Second Helpings from Union Square Cafe (HarperCollins, 2001). He has also authored the New York Times bestseller Setting the Table (HarperCollins, 2006), which examines the power of hospitality in restaurants, business, and life.

For more information on Pace’s Commencement ceremonies in Manhattan, Pleasantville and White Plains, please visit: www.pace.edu/commencement

About Pace University For over 100 years, Pace 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. www.pace.edu

Media contact: Cara Cea, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu