SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018
Koessler Athletic Center - Tickets are required for all Undergraduate ceremonies.
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.
2018 Commencement Speakers
Norma Nowak '79, PhD
Norma J. Nowak ’79, PhD, executive director of the University at Buffalo’s Center for Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences, will address the Canisius College undergraduate Class of 2018 on Saturday, May 19 at 10:00 a.m., also in the Koessler Athletic Center.
Norma Nowak is an acclaimed researcher and renowned leader in the field of human genomics. Her research contributed directly to the Human Genome Project, which described the sequencing of the human genome.
It also resulted in genomic-based approaches to understanding heritable disorders and cancer. Nowak later founded Empire Genomics LLC (2006), which offers genetic tests for more than 200 ailments and diseases, enabling personalized medicine.
Nowak previously served as director of science and technology for UB’s New York State Center for Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (2003-2015). She is also the former director of the UB/Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center Genomics Facility (1999-2012), a collaborative research lab. Her efforts have been instrumental in obtaining more than $70 million in funding for research and infrastructure in the region.
Nowak holds a BS in biology from Canisius College, and an MS in natural sciences and a PhD in experimental pathology both from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in human genetics at Roswell Park.
2018 Student Commencement Speakers
Anne-Marie K. DeRusso
Student Commencement Speaker
School of Education and Human Services
Anne-Marie DeRusso ‘18 will speak on behalf of the School of Education and Human Services graduates. Anne-Marie is earning her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood-Childhood Education. She completed field experiences in Buffalo, Amherst, and Albany, working with children from birth up to sixth grade.
During her time at Canisius, Anne-Marie served as President of Phi Sigma Sigma, as a campus tour guide, and as a volunteer on a Campus Ministry service trip, teaching English to refugee women and children. She completed a three-week teaching internship in Oviedo, Spain in May 2016 and May 2017.
Connor J. Rosenecker
Student Commencement Speaker
Richard J. Wehle School of Business
The student speaker for the Richard J. Wehle School of Business is Connor Rosenecker, who will earn his bachelor’s degree in economics, finance, management, and psychology. Connor has worked as an intern with organizations such as Citigroup and 43North, LLC., and even co-founded International Micro-loans of Buffalo, Inc., a 501c (3) that distributes loans internationally to third-world business owners.
At Canisius, Connor was a member of the All-College Honors Program, the Golden Griffin Fund and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge team, which placed first among regional schools for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. He served as Vice President for Business and Finance of the Undergraduate Student Association, President of Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society, Vice President of the Commuter Student Association, President of the Canisius College Chorale, and Vice Student Master of DiGamma Honor Society. Connor held several executive board positions for Colleges Against Cancer, and he worked as a research assistant for the Institute for Autism Research during his freshman and sophomore years.
Because of his extensive involvement at Canisius, Connor was recognized with the Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities award and Commuter Student of the Year award.
Clayton M. Shanahan
Student Commencement Speaker
College of Arts & Sciences
Clayton Shanahan was selected to address the College of Arts and Sciences. Clayton is earning his bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in sociology. He is a member of the All-College Honors Program and spent a semester studying in Glasglow, Scotland.
Roswell Park Cancer Institute recognized Clayton with an “Outstanding Scientific Talk” in August 2017. In addition to a research internship with Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Clayton conducted research through the Canisius Earning Excellence Program.
Clayton earned the Who’s Who Among American Colleges & Universities award for his extensive involvement on campus. During his time at Canisius, he was involved with the Undergraduate Student Association as a senator and chair of the Sustainability Committee, with Campus Ministry as an intern and service trip participant, and with Unity as the Outreach Coordinator.