Convocation Kickoff

Join the Pace Community on September 3 as we kick off the school year at our 6th Annual Convocation on the PLV Campus and enjoy a talk by Pace Associate Professor and keynote speaker Susan Herman. >>Read More

On Tuesday, September 3 at 3:00 p.m. the entire first-year class, faculty, and staff are invited and urged to attend this year’s Convocation in the Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health, Fitness, and Recreation Center on the Pleasantville Campus, marking the start of the 2013-2014 academic year.

Keynote speaker and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Susan Herman, winner of the 2013 U.S. Department of Justice National Crime Victim Service Award, is best known for her groundbreaking work on parallel justice for victims of crime. She believes that “we must meet our obligation to victims, not just because we are a compassionate society, but because helping victims rebuild their lives is an essential component of justice.” Her presentation at this year’s Convocation with the continued focus upon the theme of Justice.

Pre-convocation activities will take place on each campus prior to the University-wide event. Students will meet in small groups with faculty, staff, and student facilitators to engage in a discussion of justice and to prepare for Professor Herman’s remarks. The students will have read Class Matters, a book that explores how class (a combination of income, education, wealth, and occupation) influences American society.

On the NYC Campus, pre-Convocation activities will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with travel to the Westchester Campus immediately following. Westchester’s pre-Convocation activities will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  On the Westchester Campus, lunch and festivities will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., with Convocation beginning promptly at 3:00 p.m. Buses will return to the NYC Campus after the ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

For more information about Professor Susan Herman and this year’s Convocation, please visit the website:

Kick Off the School Year with Convocation

First-year students kick off their college years on September 4 at the 5th Annual Convocation, featuring food, festivities, and a keynote address on justice from Harvard Professor and bestselling author Michael J. Sandel. >>Read More

Is it moral to steal food for the benefit of the hungry? Is violence ever necessary? What is the value of one human life?

On September 4, 2012, students, faculty, and staff will gather on the Westchester Campus for an exciting address from Harvard University professor and bestselling author Michael J. Sandel, where he will discuss these and other quandaries related to justice, equality, democracy, and citizenship at Pace’s 5th Annual Convocation.

Ina ddition to the keynote address and ceremony, Convocation festivities include a giant obstacle course, photo booth, tarot card reader, balloon artist, spin art stunner shades, sign shop, DJ, a huge lunch, popcorn, cotton candy, and more!

The theme of this year’s Convocation “The Quest for a Just Society” was inspired by Michael J. Sandel’s bestselling book Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?, which explores  issues of morality, politics, and personal convictions. This year’s Convocation handbook, which was developed by Joseph Pastore, PhD, and the Justice Curricular Integration Committee, states that:The search for justice impacts our daily lives as we seek to do what is right for ourselves and for others. This agenda is crucial in a university setting where the search for learning is premised upon the development of a ‘good society’ where human development, rights, virtues and character are critical…We hope the academic year, 2012‐2013, will be a time when the entire Pace University community unites in a search for the meaning of a just society.”

“Interestingly, we decided to experiment with a different approach to the common reading this year,” says Susan Maxam, university director of Student Success. “Rather than have the incoming students read Sandel’s book, we are providing them with a comprehensive, thought-provoking handbook and asking them to view Sandel’s videos.”

“Additionally, we have two University-wide committees working tirelessly to integrate the theme into the student experience from both a curricular and co-curricular perspective,” she says. “This theme has garnered more excitement than any past theme; in fact, the enthusiasm from the faculty, students, and staff is palpable!”

Maxam emphasizes that this year’s Convocation and common reading theme is not about telling students what to think, but rather how to think. The efforts, she hopes, will get students engaged in dialogues that facilitate critical thinking. “We want them to see that there are many perspectives to each justice-related issue,” says Maxam. “And that it is important to consider them all before deciding for themselves what is ‘right.’”

Buses to the Pleasantville Campus will depart from the Schimmel Theater between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and the Convocation Ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. For more information about Convocation and this year’s common reading selection, please visit

Batman Begins

Food, festivities, and best-selling author Chris Cleave discussing international refugees, global citizenship, and Batman in his keynote address are all part of the 4th Annual Convocation for first-year students on September 6.

On September 6, the PLV Campus will be alive with the sounds of first-year students kicking off their college experience! Join students, faculty, and staff at the 4th Annual Convocation, an afternoon of festivities, food, and keynote address from international best-selling author, Chris Cleave.

The theme of this year’s Convocation is “Global Citizenship: Humanity through Action.” Global citizens are people who are not only aware of issues in the wider world, but also willing to act to upon them to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place—a topic that is covered in the most dramatic of ways in this year’s common reading, Little Bee, by keynote speaker Cleave. Little Bee is told from the alternating perspectives of a Nigerian refugee and a British magazine editor and takes the reader on a journey of morality, compassion, and friendship as a traumatic event inextricably links these two women from two very different worlds.

A pre-Convocation fair will include more than 20 interactive, informative, and fun booths (many with giveaways!) and lunch. Following the ceremony and keynote address, stop by the festivities which include a mini-carnival with food, inflatable games, a tarot card reader, caricature artist, performance by acclaimed musician Jason LeVasseur, and much more!

For those of you on the NYC Campus, buses will be provided between 11:00 a.m. and noon.

For a sneak peek of what may be in store, check out this YouTube video from last year’s Convocation and make sure to check out the video Chris Cleave made specifically for Pace students!

Convocation 2010

From food and inflatable velcro walls to an address from keynote speaker Temple Grandin, whose life inspired the Emmy-award winning film starring Claire Danes, there shouldn’t be anything keeping you from Convocation on September 7.
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On September 7, join us for an afternoon of food, fun, and discovery at the Third Annual Convocation on the PLV campus.

Celebrate the start of your college career with a Pre-Convocation Fair, featuring clue passports to more than 20 interactive, informative, and fun discovery booths (many with giveaways), followed by an address from our keynote speaker Temple Grandin, PhD, whose inspirational life was recently brought to screen in the seven time Emmy-award winning film “Temple Grandin” starring Claire Danes.

Grandin’s appearance at Pace dovetails with this year’s Common Reading, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” a bestselling novel that imaginatively takes readers inside the brave and funny perceptions of a brilliant 15-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Afterwards, join us for a BBQ and festivities with some of our favorite inflatable games: velcro walls, bungees, and plenty of other fun games, and meet some new friends!

Free transportation (and snacks) will be provided from NYC, so no excuses for you new Manhattanites.

If that’s not enough, a 10% discount will be offered to the Pace community on September 5-7  at more than 25  businesses, including bakeries, restaurants, salons, and bookstores. Click here to view the participating businesses and print out the form, and make sure to keep an eye out for future discount programs in the coming months. You can also view a map of PLV here.