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2023 Commencement

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

Campus Forum Today at 2:00 p.m.

The first of three Strategic Planning and Prioritization Committee (SPPC) Forums will take place today, February 3rd from 2:00 -3:30 in the Science Hall Commons. Open to all members of the Canisius College community, this forum will solicit campus input on goals and key objectives that will help frame the pillars of our strategic plan. Those individuals that are not able to attend the in-person forum are encouraged to complete a survey that will be available immediately following the forum

Two additional forums are scheduled for March 2 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in the Science Hall Commons and Monday, April 3 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Regis Room. These forums will provide the opportunity to fine tune the strategic plan and review survey results.

Please consider joining us for as many of these events that you are able and contributing to the strategic planning process.

Submitted by: Academic Affairs


Copernicus work on display in February

In celebration of the 550th anniversary of the birth of Mikolaj Kopernik (Nicolaus Copernicus), 1473-1543, in Torun, Poland, The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College will host a number of events celebrating “the father of modern astronomy.”

Click HERE for more information

The kick-off event and reception will take place at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library in the Ring of Knowledge just outside the Grosvenor Room on the Main Floor of the Downtown Library, One Lafayette Square on Sunday, February 5, 2023 at 2:30 p.m.

The program opening and reception will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2023 – 2:30 p.m. Please RSVP to by Feb. 1

Copernicus work will remain on display from February 1 – 28, 2023

Submitted by: Academic Affairs

Foster Youth Program Funding

Canisius College has been awarded funding from the New York State Department of Education to support foster youth.  The Foster Youth College Success Initiative (FYCSI) provides direct aid to students for tuition and fees, books, transportation, summer college prep programs, tutoring, supplemental housing and meals or medical expenses not otherwise covered by a student health plan.

Click here for more information. 

Who is an eligible foster youth?

  • Students adopted from foster care after their 13th birthday;
  • Students living with a relative or kin under a kinship foster care agreement;
  • Students who have spent at least one night in foster care after their 13th birthday;
  • Students with foster care experience outside of New York State, additional verification is required to confer “Foster Youth” eligibility;
  • Students must reside in New York State.

FYCSI funds are available to all students, please note students are not required to be enrolled in the HEOP program in order to be eligible.

If you know of a student who may qualify for this additional funding, please direct them to complete this FORM and return it to Fatima Rodriguez Johnson at

Submitted by: Academic Affairs

Change is Possible Because of You.


Congratulations to Shannon Lyons ’07, coordinator for annual giving and stewardship and Ryan Grimmer, collection and discovery services coordinator in the Library.  They are the latest winners in the United Way campaign prize drawing.  We are grateful for their pledge to help break a cycle of hardship for families across Erie County. Change starts at United Way and change is possible because of you!.

With a pledge of $1 per week you can still qualify to win the United Way’s grand prize, a pair of 2023 Buffalo Bills Season Tickets!  The drawing will take place next week!

You can make your gift online. Your Login is your Canisius College Email address.

Here’s how:
Go to
2. Type in your Work Email
3. Check the box marked [I’m not a robot]
4. Click [E-MAIL MY INFORMATION] (only make one request)
5. Check your Work Email inbox for an email from
6. Click the reset password e-Pledge link in the email (will expire within 24 hours)
7. Create a new password and click [Save]
8. Click the [Continue] button

Please know that you do have the ability to designate your favorite charity as the recipient of all or part of your donation.

Submitted by: The United Way Committee