Undergraduate 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 graduates of 2020 and 2021.  Please scroll down to learn more about the events for your class.

CLASS OF 2020 UNDERGRADUATE COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION

2020 Virtual Undergraduate Ceremony - Saturday, May 22, 2021 ~ The link will be available at 12pm

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, and student roll call. In order to be included in the 2020 virtual ceremony, you must submit your application for graduation no later than April 30.

2020 Undergraduate Graduation Walk - Saturday, May 22, 2021 ~ Montante Cultural Center ~ 10am for all undergraduate majors

The Graduation Walk events will allow the Bachelor degree recipients from the class of 2020 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 professional photo taken by GradImages.  Graduates from the undergraduate class of 2020 that are interested in participating in the Graduation Walk on May 22, 2021 must apply for graduation via the myCanisius portal no later than April 30. Walk-ups will not be permitted.

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

Students who have checked out for graduation, have been notified of the date and time of their assigned Graduation Walk. Graduates from the undergraduate class of 2020 that are interested in participating in the Graduation Walk on May 22 must contact the office of Student Records and Financial Services at studentservices@canisius.edu. Walk-ups will not be permitted.

Please note that we cannot accommodate family members, friends, or other guests inside the Montante Cultural Center to watch the Graduation Walk ceremony. However, each graduate is allowed to invite up to 2 guests on-campus to watch the livestream of the Grad Walk from the Richard E. Winter '42 Student Center.  Tickets are not required. 

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 UNDERGRADUATE COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION

2021 Virtual Undergraduate Ceremony - Saturday, May 29, 2021 ~ The link will be available at 12pm

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. In order to be included in the 2021 virtual ceremony, you must submit your application for graduation no later than April 30.

2021 Undergraduate Graduation Walk - Friday, May 28, 2021 & Saturday, May 29, 2021 ~ Montante Cultural Center ~ See schedule below

The Graduation Walk events will allow Bachelor's degree recipients from the class of 2021 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 professional 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 Undergraduate class of 2021:

Friday, May 28, 2021

10am – All-College Honors Program students

12pm – For the following majors:

  • ABEC
  • BCH
  • BIO
  • CHM
  • COM
  • DMA
  • ENV
  • IMC
  • JRN

3pm – For the following majors:

  • CRJ
  • CSC
  • ENG
  • EVST
  • HIS
  • INT
  • MAT
  • MUSP
  • PHI
  • PHY
  • PSC
  • PSY
  • SOC
Saturday, May 29, 2021

10 am – School of Education – all majors

12 pm – Wehle School of Business – all majors

Students who have applied and checked out for graduation, have been notified of their assigned Graduation Walk date and time. Graduates from the undergraduate class of 2021 that are interested in participating in the Graduation Walk (May 28 or May 29) must contact the office of Student Records and Financial Services at studentservices@canisius.edu. Walk-ups will not be permitted.

Please note that we cannot accommodate family members, friends, or other guests inside the Montante Cultural Center to watch the Graduation Walk ceremony. However, each graduate is allowed to invite up to 2 guests on-campus to watch the livestream of the Grad Walk from the Richard E. Winter '42 Student Center.  Tickets are not required. 

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

Comencement Speaker and Honorees rev neeley

Rev. Peter Neeley, S.J., director of high school and university educational programs for the Kino Border Initiative, will give the commencement address for the undergraduate Classes of 2020 and 2021. The Kino Border Initiative, a binational border initiative founded by Jesuits in 2009, ministers to migrants newly deported from the U.S and fosters solidarity through humanitarian assistance, education, research and advocacy.  Father Neeley will receive an honorary degree from Canisius. 
 
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
Emyle Watkins '20 will address the undergraduate class of 2020 on May 22, 2021

Rebecca Praetzel '21
Rebecca Praetzel '21 will address the undergraduate class of 2021 on May 29, 2021