Commencement

Congratulations, Titan Class of 2021!

Student gather for Detroit Mercy Commencement and cheer to the camera.

On behalf of the entire Detroit Mercy community, we look forward to celebrating your extraordinary achievements at the 2021 Commencement Ceremonies. Detroit Mercy Class of 2021 graduates will find updated information below on graduation times, locations, on-campus celebrations, and more. Graduates from the School of Law and School of Dentistry can also visit their respective School's websites for more information.

Commencement Celebration Schedule

Thursday, May 13

Friday, May 14

  • 10 a.m. – McNichols Undergraduate/Graduate Baccalaureate Mass (livestream)
  • Noon – School of Law Virtual Commencement Ceremony
  • 2:30 p.m. – School of Dentistry Virtual Commencement Ceremony
  • 4 to 5:30 p.m. – School of Law Hooding Celebration (Riverfront Campus, registration required)
  • 6 to 7 p.m. – School of Architecture Graduation Recognition Ceremony (McNichols Campus)

Saturday, May 15

  • 10 a.m. to noon – Detroit Mercy Dental Hygiene Class Celebration (livestream)
  • 11 a.m. – McNichols Undergraduate, Graduate and Aquinas Nursing Students’ Virtual Ceremonies
    • 11 a.m. – College of Liberal Arts & Education
    • 11:30 a.m. – College of Engineering & Science
    • Noon – College of Business Administration
    • 12:30 p.m. – College of Health Professions/McAuley School of Nursing
    • 1 p.m. – School of Architecture

Sunday, May 16

  • McNichols Graduation Celebrations (McNichols Campus, registration required)
  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – College of Liberal Arts & Education
  • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – College of Business Administration
  • 1:30 to 4 p.m. – College of Health Professions/McAuley School of Nursing
  • 4 to 4:30 p.m. – School of Architecture
  • 4:30 to 6 p.m. – College of Engineering & Science

Saturday, June 5

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Detroit Mercy Dental Class Hooding Celebration (Corktown Campus)

While we wish we could celebrate your Commencement in Calihan Hall as we usually do, the current state guidelines prohibit large in-person gatherings. Nevertheless, we are committed to celebrating your outstanding accomplishments and your degree. The Commencement Planning Committee, which includes representatives from all campuses, is preparing to honor you with an exceptional virtual commencement experience.

We will keep you informed about the Commencement ceremonies and what you will need to do to participate in this joyful —and safe — 2021 Commencement.

Baccalaureate Masses

McNichols Campus Baccalaureate Mass

As part of graduation, University Ministry will be livestreaming the Baccalaureate Mass on Friday, May 14 at 10 a.m. from St. Ignatius Chapel. Presider: Fr. Gilbert Sunghera, S.J. (School of Architecture and Rector of the Jesuit Community at Detroit Mercy). More details will be provided closer to the event.

School of Law and School of Dentistry Baccalaureate Mass

The Law and Dental Baccalaureate Mass will be live streamed from Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church on Thursday May 13 at 5 p.m. The Class of 2021 and their families and friends are invited to view the live streamed service with their fellow graduates and Detroit Mercy Law and Dental faculty and administration.

The Baccalaureate Mass, celebrating the 2021 Law and Dental graduates, offers a moment of quiet reflection and thanksgiving for your educational journey at University of Detroit Mercy, and an opportunity to ask for God’s blessing as you begin your career. Members of all faiths and traditions are welcomed. Graduation Mass is celebrated in conjunction with Detroit Mercy graduation and is considered an integral part of the commencement activities. Rev. Gilbert Sunghera, S.J. will preside. No tickets or reservations are required.

Virtual Commencement Ceremonies

Virtual ceremonies will be added to view on the Commencement website at their announced times (see schedule above). Ceremonies will remain on the website for the remainder of 2021.

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Decorative stamp for Detroit Mercy Law Virtual Ceremony
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Decorative stamp for Detroit Mercy College of Liberal Arts & Education Virtual Ceremony
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Decorative stamp for Detroit Mercy College of Business Administration Virtual Ceremony
Decorative stamp for Detroit Mercy College of Health Professions/McAuley School of Nursing Virtual Ceremony
Decorative stamp for Detroit Mercy School of Architecture Virtual Ceremony

On-Campus Graduation Celebration

Following the virtual commencement ceremonies on May 15, we are inviting graduates and two guests to an On-Campus Graduation Celebration at the McNichols Campus on Sunday, May 16.

Please visit the following website to sign up for a time to arrive at campus during one of your college/school time blocks: https://signup.com/go/peaXiOk. Graduates must have an appointment to come on campus.

During your time on-campus, you can visit Titan Field to obtain your diploma and commencement program, have your photograph taken by Grad Images, visit with Alumni Relations, Center for Career and Professional Education, see some of your professors, and more! After you leave the track, there are photo opportunities around campus such as the tower, the fountain, Sacred Heart Square and your academic buildings. The Barnes and Noble bookstore in the Student Union will be open as well.

The event requires graduates and guests to wear masks and maintain social distance.

Diplomas

If you are attending the May 16 celebration, have completed your degree requirements and have no holds, your diploma can be picked up; please bring picture ID. 

If you do not attend the celebration, diplomas can be picked up in your College/School office the week of May 17-21.

If diplomas are not picked up by Friday, May 21, they will be mailed to you. 

Graduating Student Spotlights

Bonanza Cummings

Bonanza Cummings Bonanza Cummings’ favorite memory from his time at University of Detroit Mercy is one Michiganders may take for granted: The first time he saw snow. Growing up in the tropical climate of Jamaica, Cummings’ only exposure to snow was through a screen. He watched people having fun and playing in it on television and couldn’t wait to experience that feeling as well.

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Taylor Kile

Taylor Kile Taylor Kile came to University of Detroit Mercy wanting to become an architect. After four years, she completes her undergraduate career knowing exactly how she can impact the world. Kile, who is graduating this May with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a minor in Leadership, discovered her passion for inadequate housing in developing countries while studying at Detroit Mercy.

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Dalonzo Curges

Dalonzo Curges Dalonzo Curges knew he belonged at University of Detroit Mercy from the moment he stepped foot on the McNichols Campus. “I loved the environment, people and faculty and staff, and I immediately felt welcomed when I came onto campus,” he said. “I also admired and enjoyed the small class sizes and the one-on-one personal connection that I could get with my professors.”

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Socials and Staying Connected

Share photos and videos on social media by tagging @detmercy on Twitter or Instagram and using #DetroitMercy2021

ForeverTitanslogo-circle400px.jpgRemember to update your email and mailing address at udmercy.edu/alumni for access to event invitations, monthly alumni e-newsletters, our alumni magazine Spiritus twice a year and other important University updates and opportunities. Stay connected with your classmates with Forever Titans.

Congratulations, Class of 2021 and GO TITANS!

Titans Together against COVID-19

Students should be reassured that after their degree requirements are completed, their degrees will be conferred, diplomas will be mailed and transcripts will be available. Thank you for your understanding and for the most current information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit udmercy.edu/coronavirus.

Caps, Gowns and Academic Regalia

Visit Herff Jones for information on class rings, graduation announcements, diploma frames and other academic regalia.

Please note: the deadline has already passed for getting a cap and gown in time to submit a photo to Full Measure for the virtual ceremony.

Ceremony Personalized Slide

We have partnered with Full Measure, a company that creates virtual commencement ceremonies. Full Measure will work with you to create a personalized slide shown as part of the ceremony as your name is called.

Graduates should have recently received a text message from Full Measure to upload your photo and quote for your personalized slide in the virtual commencement ceremony. If not, please go to Full Measure to do so by no later than April 16.

Students who do not send in a picture and/or quote will still have a personal slide in the virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 15th for their college/school with their name and degree/major information. Photo can be in cap & gown or professional attire.

There will also be a mobile-first interactive social media celebration delivered to you that you can share with your family and friends. More information will be provided by the Commencement Planning Committee and our partner, Full Measure, throughout the term. Please continue to look for email correspondences from both the Committee and Full Measure.

Detroit Mercy graduates strike a pose while walking to Commencement ceremony.
Detroit Mercy graduates gather and cheer in Calihan Hall as they walk during Commencement ceremonies.