Commencement Speakers

Niagara University will hold three commencement events during commencement week — two for undergraduates — as well as a special liturgy and  ROTC  commissioning, all of which will take place on the upper level of the Gallagher Center. Admission will be granted to ticketed guests only.

Graduate Commencement

  • George F. Will

    George F. Will, a syndicated columnist for the The Washington Post and former contributing editor of Newsweek, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1977 for commentary in his newspaper columns. He is also well known for publishing books on political theory and baseball, as well as for his work on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos and FOX News.

Undergraduate Commencement - Colleges of Business and Hospitality/Tourism

  • Paul M. McManus, '65, HON'02

    Paul M. McManus achieved world-class distinction in the hospitality industry with the Leading Hotels of the World after graduating from NU in 1965. McManus, as president and CEO of The Leading Hotels of the World, transformed the company into a prestigious luxury marketing organization representing more than 450 five-star hotels, resorts and spas worldwide. He also spearheaded the international expansion of Niagara University’s hospitality and tourism management programs.

Undergraduate Commencement - Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education

  • Andrea Elliott

    Andrea Elliott is The New York Times’ investigative reporter whose three-part series, “An Imam in America,” was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. Elliott’s other notable projects for The Times include “Invisible Child,” a five-part series in 2013 that chronicled the life of an 11-year-old homeless girl, winning the George Polk award for local reporting and the Scripps Howard award for human interest reporting.