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Pace Announces NYC Commencements, Award Recipients

Pace University has announced dates for commencement for its New York City and graduate students.
Pace University has announced dates for commencement for its New York City and graduate students. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Pace University has announced its commencement ceremonies and honorary degree recipients that will take place in New York City. 

The New York City undergraduate commencement will be held on Wednesday, May 21, at 10:30 a.m., at The Theater in Madison Square Garden. 

Emily Kernan Rafferty, president of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. 

As president of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the United States, Rafferty oversees 1,500 employees and serves ex officio on its board of trustees. Rafferty joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art 37 years ago and became its president in 2005.

Michael Dezer, founder and owner of Dezer Properties Inc., will receive an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science. 

Dezer has become an enormously successful real estate developer in New York and southern Florida. He is founder, owner and developer at Dezer Properties Inc., a commercial real estate firm. Dezer is credited as a major contributor in the rebirth of Chelsea, as well as Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.

Graduate commencement will be held on Wednesday, May 21, at 4 p.m., at The Theater in Madison Square Garden. 

George Rupp, former president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee and former president of Columbia and Rice, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

As president of the International Rescue Committee from July 2002 through August 2013, Rupp led the agency’s lifesaving work on behalf of people uprooted by war and conflict in countries around the world. Before joining the IRC, Rupp was president of Columbia University.

During his nine-year tenure, he focused on enhancing undergraduate education, on strengthening the relationship of the campus to surrounding communities and New York City, and on increasing the university’s international orientation. He also completed both a financial restructuring of the university and a $2.84 billion fundraising campaign.