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.

2017 Commencement Speakers

Christine M. Licata-Culhane '67, MS '71, EdD
Graduate Commencement Address

Christine M. Licata-Culhane ’67, MS ’71, EdD, will deliver remarks to the graduate Class of 2017 on Wednesday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Christine Licata-Culhane is the senior associate provost and professor in the Division of Academic Affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).  She has worked in the field of education for more than 40 years.  In her current role, Licata-Culhane is responsible for providing oversight and support for academic program development, and advancing student academic success and retention initiatives.  She also serves as the university’s liaison with the State of New York Department of Education and oversees the accreditation process. 

Prior to her position as senior associate provost, Licata-Culhane served in various faculty and administrative positions at RIT including as department chair and associate dean.  She also has experience within both community college and K-12 settings.  Licata-Culhane is widely known for her research in the areas of faculty evaluation and, specifically, post-tenure review.  She is the author of one of the first national reports and three books on this topic. 

Licata-Culhane holds a BS in business administration management and an MS in education, both from Canisius College.  She earned an EdD in higher education from George Washington University.  Licata-Culhane is a member of her class reunion committee at Canisius and is past vice chair of the Board of Trustees.

Nasya Watson
Student Commencement Speaker
Graduate Commencement

Naysa Watson is a Master of Business Administration student with a focus on global supply chain management. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honor society. She also received her bachelor’s degree from Canisius in international business in 2014.  

Watson served as team captain of the club volleyball team at Canisius. In this role, she coordinated tournaments and fundraisers, budgeted the team spending account, and managed team travel and lodging arrangements.