Undergraduate Commencement

Ceremony Information

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019

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

Commencement Ticket Information

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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.

School of Education and Human Services &
the Wehle School of Business Ceremony - 12:30pm

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 11:30am to prepare for their ceremony.
Guest seating begins at 11:45am for this ceremony.

College of Arts and Sciences - 3:00pm

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 & Sciences 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 College of Arts & Sciences ceremony.

**Schedule is subject to change.


2019 Commencement Speakers

David campbell canisiusUndergraduate Commencement Speaker 

David N. Campbell
Co-Founder and chairman of All Hands and Hearts - Smart Response

David Campbell, a former technology executive and investment banker, used his humanitarian endeavors to form All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response, a non-profit natural disaster response organization of which he is founder and chairman. Beginning his career in 1963 at IBM, Campbell has held such positions as president and CEO of Computer Task Group, CEO of Xpedior and president of BBN Technologies.


Student Speakers:

Thomas Karins ’19Thomas Karins

School of Education

"So what does it mean to graduate from Canisius College? It means being comfortable in your skin and doing what makes you happy, not others. It means listening to Ariana Grande or Demi Lovato and realizing that they make excellent music. It means doing what you want because you are the one living your life. Not your parents, not your siblings, not your friends. Finally and most importantly it means finding the lost confidence in yourself."


Cameron T. Rosenecker ’19Cameron Rosenecker

School of Business

"Canisius College is a place, like few others I have experienced in life, where I have not only seen a constant striving to do more and to be more, but it is also a place where I have found that breaking the status quo is accepted and encouraged."


Caravan Josh canisiusJoshua Canavan ’19

College of Arts & Sciences

"Upon graduating, it would be my goal to live my life in a way that is consistent with the values demonstrated here on a daily basis so that others can experience the benefit of a Canisius education through me. I know I will falter, but I will continue to strive to be a worthy representative of this college and the countless people whose lives it has benefitted."