Canisius Sesquicentennial


Celebrating 150 Years of Excellence

It’s our biggest birthday bash ever—and you’re invited to join the celebration and learn some Canisius history along the way. From our first cohort of 35 Griffs studying at a downtown campus to our strong alumni network of more than 49,000 worldwide, the story of Canisius College is one of scholarship, values and lifelong connections. 

150 Years ...in 150 seconds


From our humble start in a two-story brick building to our point of pride as Buffalo’s premier Jesuit college, we’ve got a lot of history. Here’s a video that will give you a quick recap—literally.

Our History


While some things have endured, much has changed throughout our 150-year history. Learn about the people, traditions and major milestones that have shaped Canisius into the college community we know today.

  • 1870-1940
  • 1941-1965
  • 1966-1990
  • 1991-2019
  • "The connections you make here will follow you the rest of your life"- Lauren Shine '19

    Griffs young and old reflect on how Canisius has shaped them. After enjoying their stories, why not share your own?

    Share A Memory

    Celebrate With Us


    Purchase some sesquicentennial swag. Attend one (or more) of our celebratory events. Help us toast the next 150 years by making a gift to the Canisius Fund. Whatever way you choose to celebrate, we’re grateful for your support.

  • Canisius Fund 150
    Canisius Fund 150

    Canisius Fund 150 is your opportunity to celebrate and help pave the way for current and future Griffins.

  • Canisius 150 Merchandise
    Canisius 150 Merchandise

    Celebrate the 150 with shirts, pens, hats and much more. All featuring the Sesquicentennial logo.