Baccalaureate-email-inviteOn the eve of Undergraduate Commencement, Canisius College will uphold an annual tradition known as Baccalaureate Mass. The Baccalaureate Mass is a centuries-old tradition that may be found in some form at almost every college and university in the United States, but is uniquely tailored each year for Canisius students and guests. It is an inclusive celebration for the entire Canisius community to pray together in recognition of the collective accomplishments of our graduating seniors at their final campus liturgy.

This year’s Baccalaureate Mass will take place on Friday, May 19th at 4:30 pm in the Koessler Athletic Center. Doors open at 4:00 pm. There is NO ticket requirement which allows graduating seniors to invite as many family members, friends and guests as they wish.

Parents can expect a public moment of thanksgiving from their sons and daughters. All selected readings, songs and reflections are arranged solely by fellow graduating seniors.

The Mass will be presided over by Bishop Richard Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo.  He will be joined by Bishop Emeritus Matthew Clark of the Diocese of Rochester; who will receive an honorary degree at commencement exercises the following day. The Jesuit Community at Canisius College will show their support and concelebrate Mass as well.

For more information, please contact Paul Stage in Campus Ministry by email at or phone at 716-888-2423.