President Hurley’s final convocation address
President John J. Hurley delivered his final convocation address last Thursday. The address was held in a hybrid format.
Hurley said that Canisius met its enrollment goal for the fall for freshman and transfer students, which he said was the most ethnically and geographically diverse class in years.
He also discussed three projects within the Facilities Master Plan: one of the projects is the demolition of the parking garage and the construction of a surface parking lot. Another project is the sale of the Health Science Building, and the final project discussed was the renovation of the second floor in Science Hall.
Hurley addressed the implementation of the mandatory vaccination policy for Canisius College. The policy will require faculty and staff to be vaccinated by mid-November, and also requires that students be vaccinated by the start of the spring semester.
Another initiative Hurley addressed was the Strategic Planning Committee that will assist the next president and identify Canisius’s current challenges that will be outlined in a report.
“I’m grateful for the contributions of so many dedicated professionals of the college who’ve made so many things possible, even as we grappled with declining demographics, fundamental changes in student preferences and concerns, free tuition, and — of course — now the pandemic,” Hurley said.