Staff Assistance

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Dear Pace Colleagues:

No doubt one of the most joyful times for the Pace University community is Commencement. Students, friends, and family celebrate students’ achievements, which many of you have fostered. To be a part of Commencement is a unique experience for you and for students. Students are happy to see you at these special occasions!

Commencement provides us one more opportunity to connect with students and their families and to leave a positive lasting impression upon them. Additionally, Commencement cannot be achieved without your help. Therefore,we ask that you please volunteer to help at the Westchester Undergraduate, New York Undergraduate and/or Graduate Level Commencement ceremonies.

To assist at one or more of the ceremonies, please complete the Commencement Staff Assistance Form (Note – you will be prompted to log in by using your Portal username and password to access this form.) Department heads must give permission for each staff member to assist at Commencement. An e-mail confirmation will be sent to the department heads for their approval. Once you have been assigned to a job responsibility, we will conduct meetings with group leaders to review specific tasks.

Here are some ways we thank you for your service:

  • ½ day flextime for those who work both NYC Ceremonies (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Breakfast and/or lunch will provided
  • $10 gift card for Barnes & Noble’s for every ceremony you work
  • Entry into a $100 raffle (5 drawn per ceremony) for every ceremony you work; and
  • Thank you Brunch with Provost

Please see the compensation information on this link:


The New York Campus Commencement ceremonies will be held Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The Undergraduate Commencement begins at 10:30 a.m. and the Graduate Level Commencement begins at 4:00 pm.

The approximate work hours at the Theater at Madison Square Garden will be from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for the Undergraduate Ceremony and 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for the Graduate Level ceremony; however, some staff hours may vary.

For staff members who volunteer for both undergraduate and graduate NYC ceremonies on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014, a half-day of flex leave will be granted during the week of May 26th to the 30th. The flex leave must be taken on during this week only and with prior approval from your supervisor.

Information regarding the work assignments for each ceremony will be sent during the first or second week in May.


The Westchester Undergraduate Commencement will be held on Friday, May 23, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health, Fitness, and Recreation Center on the Westchester campus in Pleasantville.

The approximate work hours will be from 8:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. for the majority of the staff; however, some staff hours may vary.          

Information regarding the work assignments for commencement will be sent during the first or second week in May.

I look forward to your assistance at these very important ceremonies for our graduates and the Pace community!

With gratitude,

Sue Maxam, Ed.D.

Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Education