Undergraduate Commencement

Ceremony Information

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018

Koessler Athletic Center - Tickets are required for all Undergraduate ceremonies.

Commencement Ticket Information

General Ceremony - 10:00am

During this ceremony, the president will confirm the degrees for our honorary degree recipients.  The chosen commencement speaker will address the students.

Students are to report to the Patrick Lee Center (Koessler Athletic Center) by 9:00am to prepare for the first ceremony.
Guest seating begins at 9am for the General ceremony.

College of Arts and Sciences - 12:30pm

President John Hurley will confer the degrees for the students in the College of Arts & Sciences during this ceremony. Each student will cross the stage and receive their diploma.  Students will also hear from the chosen student speaker from the College of Arts & Sciences.

Students graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences are to report to the Patrick Lee Center (Koessler Athletic Center) by 11:30am to prepare for their ceremony.
Guest seating begins at 11:45am for the College of Arts and Sciences ceremony.

School of Education and Human Services & the Wehle School of Business Ceremony  - 3:00pm

Students from the School of Education and Human Services & School of Business will cross the stage and receive their diplomas from President John Hurley. A student from the School of Education and a student from the School of Business will address their peers at this ceremony.

Students graduating from the Schools of Education and Business are to report to the Patrick Lee Center (Koessler Athletic Center) by 2:00pm to prepare for their ceremony.
Guest seating begins at 2:15pm for the School of Education and Human Services & the Wehle School of Business ceremony.


**Schedule is subject to change.

2017 Commencement Speakers

Nelson D. Civello '67
Undergraduate Commencement Address

Nelson D. Civello ’67 will address the Canisius College undergraduate Class of 2017 on Saturday, May 20 at 10:00 a.m.

Nelson D. Civello is the retired president of the Fixed Income Capital Markets Group for Dain Rauscher Corp and past chair of The Bond Market Association.  In these roles, Civello doubled the fixed income business for the full-service brokerage and investment banking firm, at a time when others were experiencing declining revenue or abandoning the business.  He similarly grew the fixed income capital markets group for The Bond Market Association to employ 350 people in 20 U.S. locations and generated revenues of approximately $100 million per year.

Civello returned to alma mater following his retirement to launch the Golden Griffin Fund (GGF) and establish the Financial Markets Lab, from which the GGF operates.  The GGF is a student-run investment management program that allows students to make real investments using real money.  Civello was a visiting professor in the program until his retirement in 2008.  He now works to raise awareness of and resources for stomach cancer patients through Debbie’s Dream Foundation and the DeGregorio Foundation: Finding a Cure for Stomach Cancer. 

Civello holds a BS in economics from Canisius.  He is a past member of the college’s Board of Trustees, a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award and an inductee to the DiGamma Honor Society. 

Emily Baker
Student Commencement Speaker
School of Education and Human Services

A human services major, Emily Baker is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG), which promotes the professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. Baker received the DKG Alpha Lambda Chapter Ida M. Lautz Award in 2016.

Baker connects community members to available services as a member of the West Seneca Stakeholders Coalition. She also is an associate member of the West Seneca Environmental Commission which is charged with the preservation and improvement of the quality of the natural and man-made environment. Baker also traveled to Oviedo, Spain where she taught elementary students for three weeks.

Baker currently works for the Town of West Seneca Recreation Department as a youth service coordinator and guard supervisor at the local ice rink.

Dilpreet Kaur
Student Commencement Speaker
College of Arts and Sciences

A biology major, Dilpreet Kaur is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Honor Society, vice president of the Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society and secretary of Di Gamma Honor Society. 
Kaur served as a senator in the Undergraduate Student Association (USA) since 2015, volunteered as a New Student Orientation Leader in the Griff Center for Academic Engagement and was a resident assistant during the National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference. 

Kaur is currently a lab manager and research assistant with Elizabeth A. Hogan, PhD, co-chair and associate professor of the Biology Department. Their research is on the effects of microtubule acetylation on microtubule dynamics in helisoma trivolvis neurons. 

Kaur gives back to the community in many ways. She is a student volunteer at the Pediatric & Adolescent Urgent Care of WNY, the New Hope Education Center, Harvest House and St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy. 

Matthew Tanchick
Student Commencement Speaker
Wehle School of Business

A business economics major, Matthew Tanchick is president of Enactus Canisius, CEO of QuadGear, the on-campus screen printing company, and manager of the equipment room in the Koessler Athletic Center. He spent time at the University of Berlin’s School of Economics and Law taking an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management course, which allowed him to visit companies and institutions and take German language classes.

Tanchick is also an avid volunteer. He assists local refugees assimilate into the American culture through Sew REDI Buffalo. Tanchick helps refugees create their own financial assets and serves as a sales representative for the products that the refugees make for an income.

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