Graduate Commencement


Graduate Ceremony - Koessler Athletic Center
7pm (doors open at 5:30pm)

During this ceremony, the president will confer the degrees for our honorary degree recipient.  The commencement speaker will address the student body. Our students will walk across the stage to celebrate their accomplishments. Tickets are not required for the Graduate ceremony.

2018 Commencement Speaker

Allegra C. Jaros '93, MBA '96


Allegra C. Jaros ’93, MBA ’96, president of the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, will deliver remarks to the graduate Class of 2018 on Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Koessler Athletic Center.

Appointed president in May 2014, Allegra Jaros most recently oversaw the relocation of Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo on Bryant Street to its new facility on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.  The John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital is now the regional center for comprehensive and state-of-the-art pediatric trauma, surgical and medical care. 

In addition to planning and executing the historic and successful move, which saw 125 patients transferred, Jaros’ leadership played an instrumental role in the evolution of the hospital’s operational and business development strategies.  This resulted in physician recruitment, improvements in quality care delivery, the overall experience for patients, physicians and staff, successful clinical outcomes, as well as increased market share and revenue generation. 

Jaros earned a BS in finance from Canisius in 1993 and an MBA from the college in 1996. 


2018 Commencement Student Speaker

Neil T. M. Savoy '15
Student Commencement Speaker
Graduate Commencement

Neil Savoy ‘15 will address the Graduate Class of 2018. Neil will earn his master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration. As a graduate student at Canisius, Neil was heavily involved in campus life as the Student Engagement Coordinator and as a resident assistant in the Office of Student Life. In 2017, Neil was the President of the Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration Graduate Association. He also served as the lead mentor on a Winter Service Week trip to Rural & Migrant Ministries in Lyons, New York.

In addition to his experience at Canisius, Neil completed internships at the State University of New York at Buffalo as an Academic Performance Specialist and at the State University of New York at Stony Brook as the Youth Conferences Intern.

As an undergraduate at Canisius College, Neil earned the Distinguished Senior Award, studied abroad in Oviedo and Madrid, Spain, and was involved with organizations such as the Undergraduate Student Association, Student Programming Board, Unity, Alpha Sigma Nu, and the Department of Modern Languages.