Goodlad, who is engaged in a five-year study of how teachers are trained in the United States, also is president of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and a former dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of California at Los Angeles.
He will receive an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Niagara. A total of 211 graduate degrees in education, business and biology will be awarded during Saturday's ceremony.
Undergraduate degrees will be presented to 518 students during a separate ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the center.
The Very Rev. Donald J. Harrington, president of Niagara University for the last five years, will deliver the main address during that ceremony.
He will leave Niagara in August to become president of St. John's University in New York City.
The President's Medal will be presented to Mr. and Mrs. William P. Leary Jr. of Franklin Lakes, N.J., who have donated $1 million to the Campaign for Niagara, the university's recent capital fund-raising campaign. At their request, the university's new recreation center has been named in memory of the Rev. Edward J. Kiernan, who was Leary's friend and adviser.
Honorary degrees will be awarded to:
Luiz F. Kahl, president of Carborundum Co.
Thomas A. Sugalski, senior vice president for chemicals at Canadian Occidental Ltd. in Calgary, Alberta, and former head of Western New York operations for Occidental Chemical Corp.
Sister Edmunette Paczesny, president of Hilbert College in Hamburg.
Dr. Harold P. Freeman, president of the American Cancer Society.
Bernard J. Kennedy, a 1953 graduate of Niagara who is president and chief executive officer of National Fuel.
Thomas E. Taylor, a 1956 graduate of Niagara who is company group chairman of Johnson & Johnson.
The annual baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Costello of Syracuse at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the convention center.