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Two Canisius College alumni will address the undergraduate and graduate classes of 2017, during commencement ceremonies in May.

Christine M. Licata-Culhane ’67, MS ’71, EdD, will deliver remarks to the graduate Class of 2017 on Wednesday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. Nelson D. Civello ’67 will address the Canisius College undergraduate Class of 2017 on Saturday, May 20 at 10:00 a.m.

christine-licataChristine Licata-Culhane is the senior associate provost and professor in the Division of Academic Affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). She has worked in the field of education for more than 40 years. In her current role, Licata Culhane is responsible for providing oversight and support for academic program development, and advancing student academic success and retention initiatives. She also serves as the university’s liaison with the State of New York Department of Education and oversees the accreditation process. Licata-Culhane is past vice chair of the Canisius Board of Trustees.

Nelson Civello PictureNelson D. Civello is the former president of the Fixed Income Capital Markets Group for Dain Rauscher Corp and past chair of The Bond Market Association. He 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.

Canisius will confer honorary degrees upon Civello and Licata-Culhane during commencement ceremonies. Also receiving honorary degrees are Bishop Matthew H. Clark, Michael “Mitch” Flynn, Amy J. Habib MS ’63, and L. Nelson “Nick” Hopkins, MD.

Click here to read much more about this year’s commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients.

Submitted by: College Communications