Graduate Commencement

Canisius will host commencement as a hybrid event, to include a fully-virtual commencement ceremony and multiple in-person “Graduation Walk” ceremonies for the master's graduates of 2020 and 2021.  Please scroll down to learn more about the events for your class.

CLASS OF 2020 COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION

2020 Virtual Graduate Ceremony - Friday, May 21, 2021 ~ 6pm

The virtual ceremony will include all of the segments of a traditional in-person ceremony including the Commencement speaker and student speaker, honorary degree recipients, completion of degree statement and student roll call.

Click here to watch the Class of 2020 Graduate Virtual Ceremony.

2020 Graduate Graduation Walk - Friday, May 21, 2021 ~ Montante Cultural Center ~ 4pm

The Graduation Walk events will allow graduates to celebrate with their classmates in an intimate setting. During the Grad Walk the graduate will cross the stage, have their name read, as well as have a professionl photo taken by GradImages

Students who have checked out for graduation, have been notified of the date and time of their assigned Graduation Walk.  At this time, graduates from the master's class of 2020 that are still interested in participating in the Graduation Walk on May 21 must contact the office of Student Records and Financial Services at studentservices@canisius.edu. Walk-ups cannot be accommodated.

With new CDC guidance enacted in New York State this week, we are pleased to announce that we will allow two of your guests to join the graduates in the venue of their Graduation Walk.  Groups of guests will be socially distanced and face coverings are required for all in attendance. Tickets are not required. Volunteers will be stationed at the entrance to check-in guests. Space is limited and, if necessary, guests may be directed to a screening room with socially-distanced seating in the Student Center where they can watch a live-stream of the event.  

This event will be livestreamed. The link to the Graduation Walk will be available here on the day of your event.

For questions about applying for graduation contact Student Records and Financial Services at studentservices@canisius.edu. For questions regarding the Virtual Ceremony or the Graduation Walk, please email commencement@canisius.edu.

CLASS OF 2021 COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION

2021 Virtual Graduate Ceremony - Wednesday, May 26, 2021

The virtual ceremony will include all of the segments of a traditional in-person ceremony including the Commencement speaker and student speaker, honorary degree recipients, conferral of degrees and student roll call.

Click here to watch the Class of 2021 Graduate Virtual Ceremony.

2021 Graduate Graduation Walk - Tuesday, May 25, 2021 and Wednesday, May 26, 2021 ~ Koessler Athletic Center ~ See schedule below

The Graduation Walk events will allow graduates to celebrate with their classmates in an intimate setting. During the Grad Walk the graduate will cross the stage, have their name read, as well as have a professionl photo taken by GradImages.  To accommodate the graduates there will be multiple Graduation Walk events throughout the day.

Below is a schedule of the Graduation Walk events for the Master's class of 2021:

Tuesday, May 25 - 4pm
  • Graduate - School of Education – All programs
Wednesday, May 26 – 4pm
  • Graduate - College of Arts & Sciences – All Programs
  • Graduate - Wehle School of Business – All Programs

Students who have checked out for graduation, have been notified of the date and time of their assigned Graduation Walk.  At this time, graduates from the master's class of 2021 that are still interested in participating in the Graduation Walk on May 21 must contact the office of Student Records and Financial Services at studentservices@canisius.edu. Walk-ups cannot be accommodated.

With new CDC guidance enacted in New York State this week, we are pleased to announce that we will allow two of your guests to join the graduates in the venue of their Graduation Walk.  Groups of guests will be socially distanced and face coverings are required for all in attendance. Tickets are not required. Volunteers will be stationed at the entrance to check-in guests. Space is limited and, if necessary, guests may be directed to a screening room with socially-distanced seating in the Student Center where they can watch a live-stream of the event.  

This event will be livestreamed. The link to the Graduation Walk will be available here on the day of your event.

Speaker and Honorees fahey

Hon. Eugene Fahey, a judge of the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, will deliver the commencement address for the graduate Classes of 2020 and 2021. Judge Fahey was nominated by Governor Andrew Cuomo and unanimously confirmed by the New York State Senate, one of 10 judges from Western New York to sit on the preeminent state court in the nation.  Judge Fahey will receive an honorary degree from the college. 
 
The following will also receive honorary degrees: 

  • David G. Bellavia, awarded the Medal of Honor in 2019 in recognition of his courageous service during the Battle of Fallujah in Operation Iraqi Freedom;
  • Shelley C. Drake, Western New York regional president of M&T Bank and president of the M&T Charitable Foundation;
  • Angelo M. Fatta ’66, PhD, civic leader, business leader and philanthropist;
  • George W. Scott ’80, president of the Colored Musicians Club in Buffalo.

The LaSalle Medal, the highest award for service to the college, will be presented to Thomas R. Emmerling ’75, partner, Dopkins & Company  and the Hon. Robin L. Schimminger ’69, HON ’07, retired New York State Assemblyman.

Student Comencement Speakers:
Emily Watkins '20
Ursula Jean G. Magsayo MS '20 will address the graduate class of 2020 on May 21, 2021

Rebecca Praetzel '21
Cliff-Simon Vital MS '21 will address the graduate class of 2021 on May 26, 2021

 

 

For questions about applying for graduation contact Student Records and Financial Services at studentservices@canisius.edu. For questions regarding the Virtual Ceremony or the Graduation Walk, please email commencement@canisius.edu.