Commencement 2011

More than 1,250 individuals became Niagara University alumni on the weekend of May 21 and 22 at commencement exercises held in the university’s Gallagher Center and the University at Buffalo’s Alumni Arena. Pulitzer Prize-winner Isabel Wilkerson gave the address to the undergraduates, while best-selling author Richard Florida gave the graduate commencement address. Both speakers received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Niagara.

Also honored during the weekend were alumni John R. Sanderson, ’75, president of Sanderson & Company Investment Consultants LLC, and Kathleen Barry Monti, ’70, MBA’85, retired executive vice president/ chief administrative officer for First Niagara Financial Group and First Niagara Bank, who received honorary doctor of commercial science degrees; Julie Payette, an astronaut and public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C., who received an honorary doctor of laws degree; and Martin Chalfie, Ph.D., a professor in Columbia University’s Department of Biological Sciences and winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, who received an honorary doctor of science degree.

Read more about Niagara Univesity's Commencement here.