Dear Members of the Canisius Community, Graduates of the Class of 2020 and 2021 and Families,

We are pleased to announce that we will be able to celebrate members of both the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021.  Our Undergraduate Student Association has been very clear about the desire of students to see the college do whatever possible to host some form of in-person ceremony to mark this special milestone.

Canisius will host commencement as a hybrid event, to include a fully-virtual commencement ceremony and multiple in-person “Graduation Walk” events for the graduates of 2020 and 2021. 

For the pre-recorded virtual component, we will produce an event that truly honors the mission and traditions of Canisius, and of course, appropriately celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of our graduates and honorees.  This includes commencement and student speakers, conferral of honorary degrees and awards, and formal degree conferral.  It will also include a photo tribute to each graduate, who has applied and checked-out for graduation.  For a list of dates for the 2020 and 2021 virtual ceremonies, please click on the Graduate Commencement and Undergraduate Commencement links.

We will also offer our master’s and bachelor’s degree recipients the opportunity to cross the commencement stage in smaller “Graduation Walk” events in the company of their classmates.  The live “Graduation Walk” events will be streamed on the college’s website and professional photos by GradImages will be made available.  Photos of the graduate will be available for purchase on the GradImages website at

If you have any questions, please email

We look forward to celebrating with you!