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Commencement 2023

This year, all three commencement ceremonies will occur on the same day, May 20, 2023, and this will be President Stoute’s first Canisius commencement.  Please consider participating!

  • Undergraduate Ceremony – College of Arts & Science – 10:00 am
  • Undergraduate Ceremony – School of Education and Wehle School of Business – 12:30 pm
  • Graduate Ceremony – All schools – 3:00 pm

Additional Events will take place on Friday, May 19, 2023:

  • Awards Ceremony  – 2:00 pm in Montante Cultural Center 
  • Baccalaureate Mass – 4:30 pm in Christ the King Chapel

FACULTY who wish to process at any of these events should click HERE.

STAFF who wish to volunteer for Commencement, click HERE.  If you have a special graduate – space will be provided on this form to include their name and ceremony.

Please see detailed information on these events as well as volunteer guidelines HERE.

These events celebrate the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and the perseverance of our students who are filled with pride, hope and the promise of a bright future.   We have all played a part in the transformation of these students and it is our hope that you want to be part of the excitement of their special day. Watching our graduates and their families is a great reminder of what we work for each day.

We hope that you will be able to join us in creating special memories for our graduating students and their families!

Submitted by: Maggie Burkard, Academic Affairs

The Spark Bird Project Virtual Program

Please join Jenn Lodi-Smith, PhD, on Friday, May 5, from 12:00 -1:00 p.m., for a discussion about The Spark Bird Project, hosted virtually by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. She will be joined by artists featured in the current exhibition, “Hope is the Thing with Feathers: Contemporary Women Nature Artists.”
This program is free to all but registration is required. Call 716-665-2473 or click here to register.
The Spark Bird Project is designed to help better understand who birders are and who potential birders may be. Learn more and participate at
Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, AVPAA & Professor, Psychology