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Canisius in the News

Men’s basketball coach Jim Christian sat down with The Buffalo News earlier this week to talk about his game plan for the Griffs, how he’s utilizing the transfer portal to craft a winning roster and what has him loving Buffalo already.

Click here to read the full story.  

Submitted by: University Communications

Changes to Chapel Services

Christ the King Chapel will be closed on Memorial Day, May 27. There will be no confessions or 12:05 Mass on that day.

Regular 12:05 Masses will resume on Tuesday, May 28 and continue through the summer unless noted.

Wednesday evening confessions at 4:45 p.m. and Mass and 5:15 p.m. will be discontinued through the summer.

We thank Rev. Ben Fiore, SJ, for providing this ministry during the academic year.

Submitted by: Rev. Fred Betti, SJ, chaplain, Mission and Ministry

Canisius in the News

Buffalo News columnist Sean Kirst penned an in-depth feature on the newly-graduated Jayseana Jackson ’24 for the Sunday, May 19 edition.

Jackson was the student speaker at this year’s undergraduate ceremony for the College of Arts & Sciences. In the story, she speaks at length about her challenges in getting to college and the support system she received once attending. Also quoted in the story, Yvonne Widenor, assistant vice president for academic affiars and assistant professor of art history, and Mike Taheri ’82, a Buffalo lawyer and education volunteer at St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy. Click here to read the story.

Also publishing stories about Canisius’ commencement: USA Today, Yahoo Sports, Touchdown Wire and WGRZ-TV Channel 2, all of which reported on the university conferring an honorary degree upon Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin HON ’24.

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Commencement 2024

The Golden Griffin family grew even greater on Saturday, May 18, when the university conferred degrees upon more than 600 undergraduate and graduate students from the Canisius Class of 2024.   The day marked a cherished milestone for students, culminating four years of hard work and dedication.  It also etched a significant moment in the institution’s history, as the Class of 2024 proudly became the inaugural graduating class of Canisius University.  

“You will forever carry a unique distinction in our Canisius history,” said President Steve K. Stoute in addressing the graduates during commencement ceremonies.  “Know that I am grateful to have accompanied you on the last two years of this journey.” 

Commencement day was divided into two separate ceremonies: The first featured graduates from the College of Arts & Sciences.  The second included graduates from the School of Education and Human Services and the Richard J. Wehle School of Business.  

Leading the procession of graduates for both ceremonies was Professor Sue Margulis, PhD (above).  An assistant professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation (ABEC) and biology, Margulis is the 2024 recipient of the Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award.  Nominated by students and alumni, the award recognizes a Canisius professor for teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to the academic world.  

Those same themes of excellence and outstanding contributions were echoed by former U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins, who delivered the commencement address at both of Saturday’s ceremonies. 

Those same themes of excellence and outstanding contributions were echoed by former U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins, who delivered the commencement address at both of Saturday’s ceremonies.  Higgins shared anecdotes from his own journey to encourage students to “live a life of courage and leadership” and emphasized “the limitless potential of the human heart.”  Drawing inspiration from Pope Francis, Higgins underscored the importance of unity amidst diversity, reminding the collective audience that “hearts and minds can meet in the love of Jesus.” 

For his long career in Congress and commitment to public service, Canisius conferred an honorary degree upon Brian Higgins.  The university also conferred honorary degrees upon Mary McLean Wilson, a life trustee of the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, which is committed to improving the quality of life in Western New York and Buffalo Bills’ safety Damar R. Hamlin, who inspired people around the country – and the world – when he suffered cardiac arrest during a Monday Night Football game.  Hamlin not only recovered from his injury and returned to the team, he also leveraged the experience to help others. 

In addition to the conferral of honorary and formal degrees, each ceremony included an address from a student speaker.  

Jayseana Jackson ’24, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and minors in studio art and art history, delivered an optimistic message about shared possibility to her peers from the College of Arts and Sciences.   

Hannah Rose Hamilton MSEd ’24, delivered an important message about leadership within our shared community to graduates from the School of Education and Human Services and the Richard J. Wehle School Business.  

Click here to watch the full commencement ceremony for the College of Arts & Sciences. 

Click here to watch the full ceremony for the School of Education and Human Services and Richard J. Wehle School of Business.  

Submitted by: University Communications

The Dome Switches to Summer Schedule

Your favorite employee E-letter will soon switch to its summer schedule.

Beginning the week of May 27, The Dome will publish once a week, on Wednesdays. This schedule will continue until the first week of classes for the fall 2024 semester. At that time, The Dome will return to its regular publishing schedule of Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The deadline for summer submissions is 2:00 p.m. on the Tuesday prior.

Submitted by: University Communications