Commencement 2022

To view Commencements from the previous years, visit our Graduation Events page.

 

Grad Fair: Tuesday, March 29 at 12:00 - 3:00 p.m., Law School Atrium

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    About the Grad Fair

    Graduates will have the opportunity to meet with a Herff Jones representative to learn more about ordering regalia and other graduation products. Commercial bar prep companies will also be onsite. Graduates will also be able to confirm name and photo for the class composite photo.

Baccalaureate Mass: Saturday, May 14 at 11:15 a.m. (EST), Gesu Catholic Church

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    Baccalaureate Mass Information

    The Class of 2022 and their families are invited to join their fellow graduates and the Detroit Mercy faculty and administration for Baccalaureate Mass. This mass offers a moment of quiet reflection and thanksgiving for your educational journey at Detroit Mercy Law and an opportunity to ask for God’s blessing as you begin your legal career. Members of all faiths and traditions are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

    Mass for all three campuses — Dental, Law and McNichols — begins at 11:15 a.m. at Gesu Catholic Church, located one block north of the McNichols Campus on Santa Maria between Quincy and Oak Drive (see campus map). All Professional, Graduate and Undergraduate candidates should meet outside of the church's main entrance at 10:45 a.m. wearing cap and gown for the processional into church. 

    Registration for students. Registration for faculty/staff.

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    Baccalaureate Ceremony Protocol

    Graduates are asked not to chew gum or use any electronic devices during the Baccalaureate ceremony. Given the solemnity of the occasion, please ask your guests to observe the following courtesies during Baccalaureate:

    • Turn off all electronic devices, cell phones, and pagers.
    • Please do not bring food into the Church or Calihan Hall.
    • No horns or balloons are allowed in Church or Calihan Hall.

Commencement: Friday, May 13 at 4:00 p.m. (EST), Calihan Hall, McNichols Campus

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will celebrate the graduating class of 2022 at the Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 13 at 4:00 p.m. in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus of University of Detroit Mercy. Graduates, dignitaries, and faculty are expected to arrive at Calihan no later than 3:00 p.m. Guests may begin to be seated in Calihan Hall at 3:00 p.m. and should be seated by 3:45 p.m. to make way for the academic procession. Currently, there are no limit to the number of guests allowed per graduate for the School of Law ceremony. No tickets are required. Masking is required for all.

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    Commencement Details

    The School of Law Commencement Ceremony will begin with members of the Class of 1970-1972 leading the Commencement procession as golden jubilee anniversary graduates. The Motor City Brass Quintet will accompany a singer performing the national anthems of Canada and the United States. Detroit Mercy Law Dean Jelani Jefferson Exum, University President Antoine M. Garibaldi will offer remarks, in addition to a graduate, who is selected by classmates to speak on their behalf. A special Commencement Speaker will also share remarks. A graduate will lead the prayer inspired by St. Thomas More. The president of the Detroit Mercy Law Alumni Association will close the ceremony by welcoming the Class of 2022 to the Alumni Association. The ceremony lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

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    Ordering Academic Regalia

    Academic attire is restricted to University-approved tams, hoods, tassels, and gowns for professional schools. Graduates may order their academic regalia from Herff Jones. The last day to order a cap and gown online is Monday, April 18, 2022. Online late orders after April 18, 2022 will incur an expedited shipping cost.

    Last day to place an online LATE ORDER is Sunday, April 24, 2022. Academic attire is mailed to the address graduates list on their Herff Jones web order. International students should have their academic attire sent in care of the Student Service Center, Detroit Mercy Law, 651 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48226.

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    Request for Alumni Hooders

    Graduates may request to be hooded by a family member who is a Detroit Mercy Law alumnus or alumna. Please submit your request to April Ellison at ellisoal@udmercy.edu by Friday, April 1, 2022.

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    Accommodations for Guests with Disabilities

    Handicapped parking, in front of Calihan Hall, is limited and restricted to those guests with valid handicapped stickers or license plates. A limited number of seats for disabled persons are available on the main floor. Only one family member is permitted to sit with those who require accommodated seating. Strollers will not be accommodated in the disabled seating area. If accommodated seating is requested, a member of the Commencement Planning Committee will contact you will further details.

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    Metropolitan Detroit Motels and Hotels

    Visit the Detroit Mercy Law website for information about hotels in downtown Detroit.
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    Parking

    There is free parking for graduates and their guests in the lots accessible from the McNichols entrance to the University. Vehicles may not drop off graduates and guests at the front door of Calihan Hall. Parking will be crowded. Please plan to carpool and allow for extra time to park. Handicapped parking, in front of Calihan Hall, is limited to those with valid handicapped license plates or stickers.

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    Guest Seating

    Calihan Hall will open for guests at 3:00 p.m. Currently, there is no limit to the number of guests allowed per graduate for the School of Law ceremony. No tickets are required, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. All guests are asked to be seated by 3:45 p.m. to allow for the academic procession to begin.

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    Graduate Check-in

    All graduates must check in at the Calihan Hall northwest entrance by 3:00 p.m. Please wear your academic regalia.

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    Graduation Attire

    Commencement is a formal academic ceremony. Academic attire is restricted to University-approved tams, hoods, tassels, and gowns for professional schools. Since you will be standing in line and processing, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Academic attire is mailed to the address graduates list on their Herff Jones web order. International students have their academic attire sent in care of the Student Service Center, Detroit Mercy Law, 651 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48226.

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    Reciting the Prayer Inspired by St. Thomas More

    All graduates stand and recite the prayer with the Graduate Prayer Reader selected by the graduating class.

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    Commencement Ceremony Protocol

    Graduates are asked not to chew gum or use any electronic devices during the Commencement ceremony. Given the solemnity of the occasion, please ask your guests to observe the following courtesies during Commencement:

    • Turn off all electronic devices, cell phones, and pagers.
    • Please do not bring food into the Church or Calihan Hall.
    • No horns or balloons are allowed in Church or Calihan Hall.
    • Guests who wish to check a stroller during Commencement may do so by stopping at the Alumni and VIP check-in in the northeast lobby of Calihan Hall.
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    Commencement Photography

    Detroit Mercy Law’s Commencement photography company is GradImages. During the ceremony, GradImages takes three photographs of each graduate: a photo with the President and two additional photos as the graduate crosses the stage. GradImages contacts each graduate after the ceremony with information about ordering Commencement photos.

    During Commencement, guests on the main floor may take pictures from their places, but they may not move into the aisles, around the Hall, or into the upper sections. Guests seated in the upper sections may use cameras and recorders; they may not go down to the main floor to take photos. Graduates may return to the Hall after the Recessional for photographs as well.

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    Recommended Directions to Calihan Hall

    Calihan Hall

    4001 West McNichols Road Detroit, MI 48221

    Campus & Parking Map

    From Metro Airport

    Take I-94 East to the Lodge Freeway (M-10). Take the Lodge North to the Livernois exit. At the top of the ramp, turn right onto Livernois and proceed three-quarters of a mile North to W. McNichols (third traffic light). Turn right onto W. McNichols. The entrance is one quarter of a mile on the right.

    From Downtown Detroit

    Take the Lodge Freeway North out of downtown and follow the above directions from Metro Airport.

    From Northwest on M-10

    Driving South on the Lodge Freeway, take the Livernois exit. At the traffic light, turn left onto Livernois and proceed three-quarters of a mile North to W. McNichols (third traffic light). Turn right on W. McNichols and the entrance is one quarter of a mile on the right.

    From the North on I-75

    Driving South on I-75, exit Eight Mile Road and turn right off the ramp. Take Eight Mile Road West and proceed 2.5 miles to Livernois. Turn left (South) onto Livernois and proceed 2.0 miles to W. McNichols. Head East (left) onto W. McNichols and entrance is one-quarter of a mile on the right.

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