Speak Up for a Speaker!

Hillary Clinton, Jackie Robinson, Gloria Steinem, Christopher Reeve. These are just a few of the unique Commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients that have addressed Pace graduates in years past. Got a suggestion or nomination for 2014? Get it in by September 9!

Commencement 2013 was barely three months ago, but we’re already looking forward as we begin the nomination process for speaker and honorary degree candidates for the University’s 2014 Commencement ceremonies.

 An honorary doctorate is one of the highest honors Pace can bestow on an individual. Criteria for consideration:

  • A positive role model and outstanding individual who publicly demonstrates thoughtfulness and deeds worthy of honor in a regional, national, or global context;
  • A creative writer or artist; a shaper of ideas and opinions in today’s society; a significant contributor to an academic discipline; or an entrepreneur, whose voice, through any medium, is aligned with the role of higher education in today’s society;
  • An individual with professional or personal accomplishment that reflects Pace’s mission of Opportunitas; or
  • Alumni and others who have contributed to the civic, cultural, or philanthropic life of Pace or the community in a significant way.

If you have a candidate who meets any one of these criteria and you would like to hear them speak at Commencement 2014, complete the nomination form by Monday, September 9, 2013. Nominations will be reviewed by the Honorary Degree Recipient Committee chaired by Sue Maxam, EdD, Interim Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Education. If you have any questions, please contact Sue Maxam directly at smaxam@pace.edu.