Join us for our Commencement Celebration this May with a little singing, a dash of Bills Mafia, and moments of inspiration. Come together as we celebrate the amazing achievements of our students.
Hear the inspiring words of university leaders, invited speakers, and your fellow students as we celebrate how far our students have come and how much we are honored by their accomplishments. Watch graduates walk across the stage at Highmark Stadium through our Youtube.
Location: Highmark Stadium
Mask Protocol: Every person in attendance is required to wear a mask
Testing Protocol: Each person in attendance requires:
- A negative test within 72 hours before event or;
- Proof of full vaccination 2 weeks before event
Learn more about testing, vaccination proof, and COVID-19 policies in our Rules & Directions page.
Tickets: 5 tickets per student.
Speaker Shari McDonough ’16
Shari McDonough has spent more than 30 years helping organizations in Western New York reach their goals. A passionate and motivated leader, her career demonstrates her dedication to causes that help others, whether in healthcare, community service, or the arts.
McDonough is currently chief executive officer of both the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo, serving more than 3,000 inner-city youth each year at 11 clubhouses in Buffalo, and the Western New York Collaborative of Boys & Girls Clubs, which coordinates the efforts of 12 different nonprofit organizations throughout the region to provide academic support and high-quality after-school and summer services to those who need them most.
Prior to her position at the Boys and Girls Club, McDonough served in executive positions at Catholic Health, one of D’Youville’s partners in our new Health Professions Hub. As executive director for the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation and then, the Kenmore Mercy Foundation, she led successful campaigns to build and equip new Emergency Departments at each hospital.
During her tenure at Catholic Health, McDonough decided to pursue a dream she had held for many years – to receive her college degree. She chose D’Youville for this journey, enrolling in the Advance program for adults to study business management and somehow managing to attend school for three years, full-time at night, while also working full-time during the day. Not only that, but she held a 4.0 average for the majority of the program and received the OWL Award – for “Older, Wiser Learners” – in recognition of her academic success.
Other Western New York institutions which have benefited from McDonough’s leadership include the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Aquarium of Niagara, March of Dimes, and American Heart Association. At this year’s Commencement, we recognize Shari McDonough for her commitment to her community, her visionary leadership, and her dedication to serving others.
Celebration Week Events
|Monday, May 10||
Sips n Strokes
|Tuesday, May 11||
Caps n Taps
|Wednesday, May 12||
Axes n Eats
|Thursday, May 13||
|Friday, May 14||
Party on the Miss Buffalo!
|Saturday, May 15||
The Morning After Brunch