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Convocation 2014

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Pace University cordially invites you to the Seventh Annual Convocation, which will be held on September 2, 2014, on both the New York City and Westchester campuses.

Pace University cordially invites you to the Seventh Annual Convocation, which will be held on September 2, 2014, on both the New York City and Westchester campuses. First-year students are invited to join the Pace Community for this important ceremony that sets the academic tone for the coming year. This year’s theme—which will be discussed by our keynote speakers and woven into the first-year curriculum—will be “Finding and Pursuing Your Passion.”

>Pre-Convocation: 10:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.

>Convocation Ceremony: 12:00 p.m.

>Lunch and Festivities: 1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.

Keynote Speakers:

Melissa Cardon, PhD

Professor of Management and Director of the Business Honors Program at the Lubin School of Business, Pace University Westchester Campus

Melissa Cardon has professional experience in human resources and a PhD from Columbia University’s School of Business. She has been at Pace since 2005 and is involved on campus in organizations such as Colleges Against Cancer, Relay for Life, the Setter’s Leadership Program, and the Pforzheimer Honors College. Professor Cardon conducts research on unleashing human potential within entrepreneurial firms, including a dual interest in HR practices that maximize employee potential, and the emotional, relational, and cognitive aspects of entrepreneurs that contribute to optimizing their behavior and performance. Her work has been published in a variety of journals, including: Academy of Management Review, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Management, Human Resource Management Review, and Human Resource Management. She is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management Studies, and Human Resource Management Review.

Recently Professor Cardon’s research has focused on entrepreneurial passion and how entrepreneurs, as individuals and within teams, can unleash their passion to get the best results for themselves and their organizations. She works with students in the same way, helping them to discover and unleash their passion so they can get the most out of their college experience and prepare themselves for future careers and lives where they will thrive.

Joseph F. Ryan, PhD

Professor and Chair of the MA in Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security Professionals at the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Pace University New York City Campus

Joseph Ryan, in addition to his role as a faculty member and department chair, is also a member of the University’s Board of Trustees. Professor Ryan received his PhD in Sociology from Fordham University. Professor Ryan is a 25-year veteran of the New York City Police Department and was their expert on evaluations of all levels of police management, and on community policing and violence, especially as it relates to spouse, child, and elder abuse. Professor Ryan was also a visiting fellow with the National Institute of Justice and is currently a visiting professor at the New York City and Westchester County Police Academies and a certified instructor authorized by the State of New York Municipal Police Training Council.

He chaired an Advisory Group for the U.S. Department of Justice that developed security strategies for the 1996 Summer Olympics, conducted the landmark National Evaluation of Title I of the 1994 Crime Act, and provided testimony before the U.S. Congress’ Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations on developing risk management and outcome-based performance measurement strategies. Professor Ryan has recently completed an impact evaluation of the master’s degree in Homeland Security and an Executive Leaders program offered at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

To learn more about this year’s Convocation festivities, our academic theme for the 2014-2015 school year, or our common reading selection, visit