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Come Together for Convocation!

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On Tuesday, September 6, the University will roll out the blue and gold carpet to welcome the Class of 2020 to the Pace Community at Convocation 2016!

Join us in kicking off the academic year and welcoming first-year students to the Pace Community at the ninth annual Convocation, which will be held on September 6, 2016, on both the New York City and Westchester campuses. The theme, which will be discussed by our keynote speakers and woven into the first-year curriculum, is “Get Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and Motivation.”

Westchester Campus:

Pre-Convocation

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Convocation

12:00 p.m.

Lunch and Festivities

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Campus Involvement Fair

2:30 p.m.


NYC Campus:

Pre-Convocation

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Convocation

12:00 p.m.

Lunch and Festivities

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Westchester Campus: Hillary Knepper, PhD
Assistant Professor, Public Administration, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Hillary Knepper, PhD, took the long road in getting to Pace University. First, she worked her way through her undergraduate degree at Hunter College in NYC—flitting from interesting course to interesting course. She didn’t declare a major until the registrar barred her enrollment. Forced to commit, Knepper declared as an urban studies major. After a move to Florida to enjoy the outdoors for a few years, she ended up working as a practitioner in the nonprofit and public sectors for 20 years. During that work, she realized it was time for a change and so she went back for both her master’s degree and her PhD—only this time, Knepper was a working mother. Family, patience, perseverance, and a sense of humor helped her finish her graduate education, culminating in her doctorate in public affairs from the University of Central Florida. Now, Knepper is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration at Pace University in Westchester, where she teaches health policy and public administration courses. Her research focuses predominantly on the intersection of public and private services that deal with safety-net issues such as health policy and social equity. Her theory is: we can do better.

NYC Campus: Neil Braun, JD
Dean, Lubin School of Business

Neil Braun is the Dean of Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. He has been President of the NBC Television Network, and Chairman and CEO of Viacom Entertainment. He has also been an internet and environmental entrepreneur, a film producer, and a corporate attorney. Dean Braun serves on the board of directors of IMAX Corporation and its Audit and Governance committees. He is also on the board and Chair of the Audit committee of a national anti-hunger organization, Share Our Strength. Dean Braun is President of the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. He has taught an MBA course in economic models of media and entertainment at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and the capstone course in Lubin’s Arts and Entertainment Management program. He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School.

To learn more about this year’s Convocation festivities, our academic theme for the 20162017 school year, or to register to attend, visit www.pace.edu/convocation.

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