More than 300 Trocaire Students to Graduate on May 15

Leadership Buffalo CEO Althea Luehrsen to Speak at 59th Commencement Ceremony

A total of 307 students are set to receive diplomas at Trocaire College’s 59th Commencement ceremony later this month. The event will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 at the SUNY University at Buffalo Center for the Arts.

New this year is Trocaire’s Golden Jubilee, an alumni event for members of the 50th reunion graduating class held in conjunction with Commencement. This year, members of the Class of 1968 and a guest are invited to attend the event and will be recognized during the Class of 2018’s graduation exercises.

Channel 2 WGRZ anchor Maryalice Demler will also be in attendance at the event, reading the names of the Trocaire graduates as they cross the stage. Graduating Radiologic Technology student Catherine Becker will serve as student speaker.

Leadership Buffalo CEO and lifelong Western New York resident Althea E. Luehrsen will serve as guest speaker for the event. A longtime champion of Buffalo and its potential, she has held her post at Leadership Buffalo since January 2012.

Prior to that, she was at the University at Buffalo for more than ten years, holding the positions of the executive director of UB’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and assistant vice president for Corporate and Foundation Relations. A 2010 graduate of Leadership Buffalo, she is also a graduate of SUNY Empire State College, where she received both her BA and MA and where she is an adjunct faculty member.

Luehrsen is the recipient of number awards throughout her career, but most recently, she was recognized as one of the 100 Top Powerful Women of Buffalo by Business First in 2016 and 2017. In addition, she was a finalist in the Buffalo Niagara Partnership Athena Awards and was named Women of Influence for Nonprofit Leadership in 2015 by Business First.

Luehrsen holds several community positions, including being co-chair of United Way’s Women United and a member of the board of directors for Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo, The Olmsted Center for Sight and the Eric Wood Foundation Executive Board.

The proud mother of two adult children who are also successful professionals in Buffalo, she believes that continuing to give back to her community is key to the success of our region.

“Althea’s commitment to service, community and the philosophy that ‘a rising tide lifts all boats’ speaks to the college’s mission of meeting the unmet need through education,” said Chief Student Affairs Officer Kathleen Saunders. “We are honored to have her deliver the Spring 2018 Commencement message to our graduates and can’t wait to hear what wisdom she has to impart to our students.”

About Trocaire College
Founded in 1958 in the Buffalo, NY by the Sisters of Mercy, Trocaire College is a private, career-oriented Catholic college that strives to empower students toward personal enrichment, dignity and self-worth through education. A career-oriented institution, Trocaire offers three bachelor’s degrees, 12 associate degrees and eight certificate programs in healthcare, business and technology. Recognizing the individual needs of a diverse student body, Trocaire College provides life learning and development within a community-based environment, preparing students for service in the universal community. Visit for more information and follow Trocaire on Facebook and Twitter.