Graduate Commencement

Stream Graduate Commencement Live

Wednesday May 15th- 7pm

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.


2019 Commencement Speakers

Lawrence VilardoUndergraduate Commencement Speaker

Hon. Lawrence J. Vilardo '77
U.S. District Court Judge 

Judge Vilardo earned a BA, summa cum laude, in history and political science from Canisius in 1977 and a JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1980. He was nominated to the U.S. District Court in 2015 by President Barack Obama.


Student Speaker

Mohamed Diyani MBA ’19 Mohamed Diyeni

Graduate ceremony

"Canisius College was the best thing that ever happened to me, I met some people that changed my life and they were willing to help me reach my goals even if they didn’t know anything about me or my background. I wasn’t just a number for them, and everywhere I went on campus people were receiving me with a huge smile and they did all what they could to help me not because I was a Canisius student but because I was a human being and that is what sets Canisius College apart from the rest of the school I have attended in my academic path."