Commencement 2020

Dear Class of 2020,

It is my great honor to stand, virtually, as it may be, with your family, friends, and classmates and congratulate you on your graduation from Canisius College!  

I know this is not the commencement you or I envisioned, but all of your hard work and achievements can never be diminished by the challenges we faced during this pandemic.  

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and Jesuit Community of Canisius, we are thrilled to celebrate your degree as one of the most important accomplishments of your life.  Your hard work and dedication have brought you to this pivotal point, and I am certain the lessons and experiences of Canisius will remain with you throughout your life. 

Although we cannot be together, I hope that you will enjoy the degree conferral videos below as part of your personal celebrations. We look forward to the time when we can gather together again and host a grand celebration for you later this fall.

View Graduate Degree Conferral

View Undergraduate Degree Conferral 

With your graduation from Canisius, you have become part of the distinguished legacy of Catholic, Jesuit education that finds its roots in the liberal arts, a commitment to a faith that does justice, and an abiding belief in God’s presence in all things.   For 150 years, these pillars have been at the heart of Canisius’ educational mission. We are proud to celebrate these qualities and all that they mean for you.  With grateful hearts, we also extend our thanks to the dedicated faculty, staff, and mentors who brought you to this achievement. 

Throughout life’s journey, I know you will draw upon the knowledge, experiences and friendships you have developed at Canisius to guide you along the way.  Thank you for making Canisius a part of your life story. You now join the ranks of more than 50,000 individuals worldwide who are proud to call themselves Canisius alumni.  It is my sincere hope that your Canisius education and the bonds of friendships forged here serve as an enduring source of inspiration and pride in your life.   

May God bless the great Canisius College Sesquicentennial Class of 2020 today and always!

Very truly yours,

John J. Hurley

Canisius College has made the difficult decision to postpone our 2020 Commencement Exercises, originally scheduled for May 13 and May 16.

Despite this disappointing news, you will not be denied your celebration.

Commencement 2020 has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 10. We invite you back to campus then to celebrate with family, friends and faculty who have been part of your Canisius journey. More details will emerge as we get closer.