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Town Hall Recap

For those of you who were unable to ‘tune in’ to yesterday’s virtual Town Hall with President Hurley and the senior leadership team, a recording of the session is now available.

Click here to watch the webinar in full. The video is also available on the MyCanisius portal. Viewers must first sign in and the video will appear in the right-hand column.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Commencement Ceremonies

Commencement ceremonies for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 are quickly approaching, with the first hybrid event set for Friday, May 21. This year’s commencement includes a fully-virtual graduation ceremony and multiple, in-person, graduation walks. Influential leaders in government, banking, philanthropy and humanitarian efforts will address the graduates and also receive honorary doctorate degrees.

The Hon. Eugene Fahey, a retired judge with the New York State Court of Appeals, is the virtual commencement speaker for the Canisius graduate Classes of 2020 and 2021. Rev. Peter Neeley, SJ, director of high school and university educational programs for the Kino Border Initiative will deliver the virtual commencement address for the undergraduate Classes of 2020 and 2021.

Click here to read more about this year’s commencement ceremonies.

Submitted by: College Communications

Society of Jesus Celebrates Ignatian Year

On May 20, the Society of Jesus and the entire Ignatian family will begin a worldwide celebration of Ignatian Year.

On this date, 500 years ago, St Ignatius was wounded by a cannonball while defending the city of Pamplona. For him, it was a major failure and forced a change of plans from the riches and worldly exploits he envisioned for his future. However, this failure also started a process of conversion, which led Ignatius to bigger dreams, no longer centered on himself,but rather on God. It helped him to see all things new in Christ.

As announced by Jesuit Father General Arturo Sosa in a letter announcing the Ignatian Year, we celebrate this year to remind us of the daily opportunity to experience a new conversion. It is a call to allow the Lord to reveal to us new ways of following Christ.

The Ignatian Year will conclude on July 31, 2022.

Submitted by: Rev. Jack Mattimore, SJ, Office of Campus Ministry

Valerie Diamond Performs Senior Student Recital

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The Fine Arts Department invites you to sit back and enjoy the recording of a senior student recital performed by Valerie Diamond ’21 in Montante Cultural Center. It is available by clicking here.

As part of her requirements for her bachelors of arts in music degree, Valerie performed works by Bach, Brahms, Schumann, Chopin, Clementi, Schoenmehl and Heller, and  was accompanied for part of her recital by Adjunct Professor Ellen Barnum, bassoon. Valerie is a student from the studio of Karen Schmid.

While she may not hear echoes of “Bravissima!” and “Encore!” from us, we celebrate Valerie’s achievements and wish her every success.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director, Art History, Fine Arts Department;  director and studio art galleries Director, ArtsCanisius


Diversity & Inclusion Symposium

The Human Resources Department has purchased a corporate symposium pass for this year’s Buffalo Niagara Partnership 2021 Diversity & Inclusion Symposium: DE&I at Work. This means that all employees can attend the symposium for free! The full event will take place on Tuesday, June 8 from 11:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., however, you are welcome to attend as few or as many individual sessions of the symposium as you would like. For a complete listing of the day’s events, please view the agenda here.

To register for the event under the Canisius corporate pass, please follow the link below and select the “D&I Symposium Corporate Pass RSVP” option. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Braun, Human Resources Generalist, at

Submitted by: Mary Braun, generalist, Human Resources