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It’s Throwback Thursday (formerly Flashback Friday)!

Each Thursday, throughout the summer, the Office of College Communications will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  It’s all part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to May 1972 when Canisius senior Terrance R. McKnight was named the top debater in the country. McKnight placed first in a field of 108 debaters at the National Debate Tournament in Salt Lake City, UT.

He and his teammate, sophomore Mary Grace Diehl, also placed first in the National Debate Tournament of Champions held that same spring at Illinois State University. It was the fourth consecutive time the Canisius debate team finished among the top 10 in the National Tournament. In 1970, the debate team of David J. Goss ’70 and David L. Wagner ’71 took home first place in the tournament.

Submitted by: College Communications