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Gannon University to celebrate 2021 Winter Commencement Ceremony

Published: 12/10/2021

Gannon University will celebrate its 2021 Winter Commencement on Dec. 12.

Gannon University will celebrate its 2021 Winter Commencement on Dec. 12.

One hundred sixty-seven graduates will be recognized during Gannon University’s 2021 Winter Commencement Ceremony at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12 at the Hammermill Center, 620 Peach Street.

Gannon University President Keith Taylor, Ph.D., will award degrees to graduates in attendance. This year’s graduating class of 167 students will receive 16 doctoral degrees, 96 master’s degrees, and 58 bachelor’s degrees.

Seven students will graduate summa cum laude. Students from 10 nations will earn degrees.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Michael J. Nunes ’01, senior vice president of current programming at NBC Universal Television and Streaming.

Gannon will award Nunes a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa, during the ceremony.

All families and guests must always wear masks indoors on Gannon’s campus.

A livestream of the events will be provided for additional family members and friends who are unable to attend in person. To attend virtually, visit the day of the ceremony. 

Commencement Events: 

Baccalaureate Mass
> 10 a.m. | Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel, 520 Peach St.

Commencement Interviews
> 12:30 p.m. | Hammermill Center, 620 Peach St.
> Available: The Most Reverend Lawrence T. Persico, J.C.L., Bishop of Diocese of Erie and chairperson of Gannon’s Board of Trustees; Keith Taylor, Ph.D., president of Gannon University; Michael Nunes, commencement speaker. 

Commencement Ceremony
1 p.m. | Hammermill Center, 620 Peach St.

About the Speaker:

Michael J. Nunes ’01 is a seventeen-year veteran of NBC, where he has most recently held titles of manager, vice president and now senior vice president of Current Programming.

Nunes has worked on some of the network’s biggest hits including This is Us, The Good Place, Superstore, New Amsterdam, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and upcoming Peacock shows, Field of Dreams and Ted.

During his NBC career in comedy and drama development, he has also handled several other shows including Community, Parenthood and Revolution.

Nunes is a native of Erie, Pa. and graduated from Strong Vincent High School in 1997.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in communication and media studies in 2001 from Gannon University, where he was a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity as well as vice president of marketing for the Student Government Association.

Nunes earned his master’s degree in television, radio and film from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 2002. 

In 2017, Variety Magazine named Nunes to its annual list of new leaders, featuring him among the profiles of “the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business.” All are forty years of age or younger.

In recognition of his distinguished career and dedicated service, Gannon is proud to proclaim Michael J. Nunes, Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

See more information about the 2021 Winter Commencement Ceremony and view the live stream at

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