Niagara University Commencement Honorees and Guest Speakers

2011 - Graduate Exercises

Urban Theorist and Author, Doctor of Humane Letters

Astronaut and Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars (Washington, D.C.), Doctor of Laws

President, Sanderson & Company Investment Consultants LLC, Doctor of Commercial Science

2011 - Undergraduate Exercises

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Doctor of Humane Letters

2008 Winner of Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Professor, Columbia University, Doctor of Science

Retired Executive Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer, First Niagara Financial Group and First Niagara Bank, Doctor of Commercial Science

2010 - Graduate Exercises

Former Anchor (and his wife), ABC World News Tonight, Doctor of Humane Letters

Retired National Chief, First Nations Assembly of Canada, Doctor of Laws

Retired President, Continental Securities Corp., Doctor of Commercial Science

2010 - Undergraduate Exercises

CNN anchor, Doctor of Humane Letters

Retired Head Coach and General Manager, National Football League, Doctor of Humane Letters

Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton (Ont.), Doctor of Humane Letters

Author, Doctor of Humane Letters

2009 - Graduate Exercises

Anchor, Canadian Broadcasting Co.'s "The National," Doctor of Humane Letters

Retired Chief Executive Officer, Tim Hortons, Doctor of Humane Letters

President and Chief Executive Officer, State Bank of Long Island and State Bancorp Inc., Doctor of Commercial Science

Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn, N.Y., Doctor of Sacred Theology

2009 - Undergraduate Exercises

Chairman of the Special Olympics Inc., Doctor of Humane Letters

Retired Head Coach, Senior Advisor, National Hockey League, Doctor of Pedagogy

President and Chief Executive Officer, Vila d'Este (Como, Italy), Doctor of Commercial Science

President, Nardin Academy, Doctor of Humane Letters

2008 - Graduate Exercises

Founding director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Institute at Stanford University, Doctor of Humane Letters

Archbishop of Toronto, Doctor of Humane Letters

2008 - Undergraduate Exercises

President, The Catholic University of America, Doctor of Laws

  • D’Youville College, Sister Denise Roche, GNSH, Ph.D., president
  • St. Bonaventure University, Sister Margaret Carney, OSF, S.T.D., president (Sesquicentennial Anniversary)
  • Christ the King Seminary, The Rev. W. Siepka, M.A., S.T.L., president/rector (Sesquicentennial Anniversary)

2007 - Graduate Exercises

President, DePaul University, Doctor of Pedagogy

President, Chief Executive Officer, National Property Management Associates Inc., Doctor of Commercial Science

Art Collector, Doctor of Fine Arts

  • Jeanne C. Finn, ‘71
  • Lawrence Jacobs, M.D.,’61 (posthumous)
  • John B. Stranges, Ph.D., ’59,
  • Niagara University professor and former academic vice president

2007 - Undergraduate Exercises

President, Niagara University

President and Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Health Association, Doctor of Laws

  • Concetta A. Dwyer, ‘65
  • Barbara A. Malinowski, ‘59
  • Cathy Falcone Ray, ‘76
  • Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott,’71
  • James M. Schermerhorn, J.D., MPP, PA-C, ‘64

2006 - Graduate Exercises

Executive Director, War Child Canada, Doctor of Humane Letters

President, War Child Canada, Doctor of Humane Letters

Senior Vice President for Development and Public Affairs, University of Virginia, Doctor of Commercial Science

Musician, Doctor of Music

2006 - Undergraduate Exercises

Liberal Member of Parliament, Canadian House of Commons, Doctor of Humane Letters

Executive Director of the National Tekakwitha Conference, Great Fall, Mont., Doctor of Pedagogy

President, Chief Operating Officer, CoBank, Doctor of Commercial Science

2005 - Graduate Exercises

CBS News Chief White House Correspondent, Doctor of Humane Letters

Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y., Doctor of Sacred Theology 

Gibson, McAskill & Crosby LLP, Buffalo, N.Y., Doctor of Laws

Trustee Emeritus, President's Medal

2005 - Undergraduate Exercises

Olympic Gold Medalist, Doctor of Humane Letters

Lab fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, N.M., Doctor of Science

Pastor, St. Joseph University Church, Buffalo, N.Y., Doctor of Fine Arts

New York City Police Officer, Caritas Medal (posthumous)

2004 - Graduate Exercises

Canadian Author, Educator and Media Consultant, Toronto, Ontario, Doctor of Humane Letters

Founder and President, National Center for Family Literacy, Louisville, KY, Doctor of Pedagogy

President, Congressional Black Caucus, Washington, DC, Doctor of Humane Letters

2004 - Undergraduate Exercises

Award-Winning Journalist, Co-host of “Living it Up with Ali and Jack,” Spring Lake, NJ, Doctor of Laws

Financial Columnist and Author, North Salem, NY, Doctor of Humane Letters

Founder, The New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund, President, Rusty Staub Foundation, New York, NY, Doctor of Humane Letters

Provincial Vocation Director, Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Mission, Princeton, NJ, Doctor of Pedagogy

2003 - Graduate Exercises

United States Ambassador to Canada, United States Embassy, Ottawa, Ontario, Doctor of Pedagogy

President, Niagara College – Welland Campus, Welland, Ontario, Doctor of Pedagogy

2003 - Undergraduate Exercises

Professor and Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, Doctor of Humane Letters

Head Chaplain, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York, New York, NY, Doctor of Humane Letters

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Niagara University, NY, Medal of Honor

2002 - Graduate Exercises

Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Doctor of Humane Letters

Author and Illustrator of Children’s Book, Doctor of Humane Letters

President and CEO, Gas Technology Institute, Doctor of Commercial Science

Chancellor of New York, State Board of Regents, Doctor of Laws

2002 - Undergraduate Exercises

President, National Theatre, Workshop of the Handicapped, New York, NY, Doctor of Humane Letters

President and CEO, Carlson Hospitality Worldwide, Minneapolis, MN, Doctor of Commercial Science

Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC, Doctor of Pedagogy

Assistant to the President for Alumni Relations, Niagara University, NY, President’s Medal

2001 - Graduate Exercises

Professor of History and American Culture, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, Doctor of Humane Letters

Music Director, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Buffalo, NY, Doctor of Fine Arts

Professor of Theology, St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY, Doctor of Pedagogy

2001 - Undergraduate Exercises

Television Journalist and Newspaper Columnist, CNBC and San Francisco Chronicle, Washington, D.C., Doctor of Humane Letters

President, Major League Baseball, New York, NY, Doctor of Commercial Science

Vice President Emeritus, Niagara University, NY, President’s Medal

Founders Award

2000 - Graduate Exercises

President and CEO, Ford Motor Company of Canada, Oakville, Ontario, Doctor of Commercial Science

Auxiliary Bishop, Diocese of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, Doctor of Sacred Theology

Volunteer Administrator for the Native American/St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, Caritas Medal

2000 - Undergraduate Exercises

Senior Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief, NBC News, Doctor of Humane Letters

Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Member, Board of Trustees, Doctor of Commercial Science

Retired Employee, Niagara University, NY, Medal of Honor

Assistant Commissioner,Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities, New York State Department of Education, Caritas Medal

1999 - Graduate Exercises

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ottawa, Ontario, Doctor of Laws

Dean, School of Nursing, Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo, NY, Doctor of Pedagogy

1999 - Undergraduate Exercises

Department of History, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, Author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Award and the Peabody Award, Doctor of Humane Letters

Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University, New York, NY, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Doctor of Humane Letters

Provincial Eastern Province, Vincentian Fathers and Brothers, Philadelphia, PA, President’s Medal

1998 - Graduate Exercises

Doctor of Humane Letters

Doctor of Pedagogy

Doctor of Commercial Science

1998 - Undergraduate Exercises

Doctor of Fine Arts

Doctor of Humane Letters

Doctor of Laws

1997 - Graduate Exercises

Host and Editor-In-Chief “Sunday Edition” BBS and CTV Canadian Television, Doctor of Letters

Canadian Astronaut “Discovery”, 1992, Distinguished Professor – University of Western Ontario, Doctor of Science

Director, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Buffalo, Doctor of Humane Letters

1997 - Undergraduate Exercises

Director, Joblessness and Urban Poverty Research Center, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Doctor of Letters

Founding member of Niagara Hospice and the Niagara Oncology Association, President, Health Association of Niagara County, Inc., Member, Board of Directors, Niagara County Unit, American Cancer Society, Caritas Medal

Senior Vice President, ITT Corporation, President and Chief Executive Office, ITT Sheraton Corporation, Doctor of Commercial Science

1996 - Graduate Exercises

President/CEO, Occidental Chemical Corporation, Doctor of Commercial Science

Research Scholar, The Catholic University of America, Doctor of Pedagogy

Jazz Pianist, Composer, Doctor of Fine Arts

President, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, Doctor of Science

1996 - Undergraduate Exercises

President, Teachers College, Columbia University, Doctor of Pedagogy

Bishop of Buffalo, Doctor of Humane Letters

Physician, Doctor of Humane Letters

Professor of Physics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Doctor of Pedagogy

Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Supreme Court, Fourth Judicial Department, Doctor of Laws

1995 - Graduate Exercises

Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada, Doctor of Laws

President and CEO, Key Bank of New York, Doctor of Commercial Sciences

Cultural Education Teacher, Tuscarora Indian School, Caritas Medal

1995 - Undergraduate Exercises

Former Governor of New York State, Executive Vice President and Director, Government Relations Division of W. R. Grace & Co., Doctor of Laws

Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration, Doctor of Laws

Assistant to the President for Planning, Niagara University, NY, Medal of Honor

1994 - Graduate Exercises

Dean, School of Education, DePaul University, Doctor of Pedagogy

Attorney at Law, Doctor of Humane Letters

1994 - Undergraduate Exercises

Academy Award-Winning Actress, Doctor of Fine Arts

Executive Vice President, Manufacturers & Traders Trust Co., Buffalo, NY, Doctor of Commercial Science

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Niagara University, NY, President’s Medal

1993 - Graduate Exercises

Counsel, Davidoff & Malito, President’s Medal

Chairman and Founder, Evaluation Associates Capital Markets, Inc., Doctor of Commercial Science

Principal, St. John the Baptist School, Brooklyn, NY, Doctor of Humane Letters

1993 - Undergraduate Exercises

Author and Co-Founder, Institute for the Arts of Democracy, Doctor of Humane Letters

Coordinator, Hispanic Evangelization Project, Eastern Province, Congregation of the Mission, Founders Award

Academic Vice President, Niagara University, NY, Medal of Honor

1992 - Graduate Exercises

Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry, Yale University Child Study Center, Doctor of Pedagogy

Vice President-Western New York Operations, Occidental Chemical Corporation, Doctor of Commercial Science

Co-Director of the Emulsion Polymers Institute, Lehigh University, Doctor of Science

1992 - Undergraduate Exercises

Director, Peace Corps of the United States, Doctor of Humane Letters

Chairman and President, Foremost Group, Doctor of Laws

Dean Emeritus, Boston College School of Nursing, Doctor of Pedagogy

Provincial/Visitor of the Eastern Province, Congregation of the Mission, Doctor of Humane Letters

1991 - Graduate Exercises

Doctor of Pedagogy

Doctor of Laws

Doctor of Commercial Science

1991 - Undergraduate Exercises

Doctor of Humane Letters

Doctor of Letters

Doctor of Fine Arts

Doctor of Commercial Science

1990 - Graduate Exercises

Doctor of Commercial Science

Caritas Medal

Doctor of Humane Letters

1990 - Undergraduate Exercises

Doctor of Humane Letters

Doctor of Commercial Science

Doctor of Humane Letters

Doctor of Pedagogy