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    How to Obtain a Copy of Your Transcript

    The University defines an official transcript as including all aspects of the student's academic coursework at Detroit Mercy.  Undergraduate, graduate and professional level coursework is included on the official University transcript.  The University does not release portions of the student's transcript and releases the full and complete document only.

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    Did you know you can audit courses without paying tuition

    Alumni/alumnae may audit classes at or below the level of the degree awarded to them by the University (bachelor's, master's or doctorate). Registration and course fees apply, but the tuition is waived; no course credit is awarded. The class schedule is found here. Alumni audit requests are coordinated through the academic advisors in each college.

Homecoming 2018: Uptown, Downtown, Corktown!

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Visit the Detroit Mercy Homecoming webpage to check out photos from our 2018 Homecoming!

Also during Homecoming Weekend, The Varsity News celebrated Its 100th Anniversary with a special reunion of staffers through the decades.

Congratulations, Class of 2018!

See more on our Commencement page!

Alumni Achievements

Tom Page '71, '76 Alumni Achievement Award Honoree

Detroit Mercy Alumni Achievement Spirit Award

Page began his law enforcement career with the Detroit Police Department but it was while he was with the Los Angeles Police Department that he helped create the curriculum and standards now used by officers in all 50 states and many other countries to enable them to detect and apprehend alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers. He was the first chair of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Drug Recognition Expert Section, and chaired the first International Alcohol, Drugs and Driving Training Conference. He has been recognized as an expert by courts in 21 states, has presented internationally on law enforcement issues and continues to serve the law enforcement community as a consultant and expert witness.

After retiring from the LAPD, Page returned to his hometown of Detroit, to promote urban bicycling and the resurgence of the city. He received the Sierra Club's Green Cruiser of the Year Award in 2017, given to the person who has done the most to promote bicycling in southeast Michigan. Page has been the recipient of numerous commendations during his law enforcement career and his community service earned him the City of Detroit’s Distinguished Achievement Award and the Detroit City Council’s Spirit of Detroit Award.

“In ways I couldn't have anticipated, my liberal arts education at the University of Detroit/Detroit Mercy provided me with the knowledge, the skills, and the passion to develop a law enforcement program that actually saves lives. My professors inculcated in me the understanding that ethics, that character, that morality do count, and are the keys for living a worthwhile life.”

Alumni Achievement & the CLAE Hall of Honor


    About the CLAE Hall of Honor

    Since 2009, the College of Liberal Arts & Education has formally honored the the civic and professional achievements of individuals who also have given of their valuable time and resources to the College and the University in many different ways. Photos honoring these individuals hang on a wall of honor in the main hallway of the Jane and Walter O. Briggs Building.

    Honorees Past and Present

    Joseph A. Berkowski, '51, university registrar and director of admissions
    Catherine A.Caraher, Ph.D., '53, '62, professor of history, University of Detroit Mercy
    Reverend Malcolm T. Carron, S.J., '39, president, University of Detroit
    Michael A. Carter, Sr. ’72, ’78, managing partner of Pinnacle Construction Partners, LLC
    Brian D. Cloyd, '73, '76, vice president, Global Corporate Relations, Steelcase Inc
    Beuline Alexander Crawford, '65, social worker, community activist and philanthropist
    Gretchen Elliott, '66, senior vice president, mission integration, Trinity Health
    Thomas A.Emmet, Ph.D., '54, consultant, Higher Education Executive Associates
    Margaret A.Farley, RSM, '57,'60
    John P. Hayes '71, president/owner of Third Avenue Media, LLC
    Tom Page, '71, '76, community activist
    Jerome P.Horwitz, '42,'44, professor emeritus, School of Medicine, Wayne State University
    Charles S.Kassab, '54, chairman, CEO and president, Huntington Bankshares of Michigan
    K. Noreen Keating, '63, president, Enhancing Your Nonprofit
    Elmore (Dutch) J.Leonard, Jr., '50, novelist
    Charles E.Lucas, M.D., '59, professor of surgery, Wayne State University
    Marilyn Fisher Lundy, '46, president and CEO, Matrix Human Services
    Jean Mayday, '62, director of scholarship and grants, Department of Education, State of Michigan
    Susanne B.McMillan, '58, community activist
    John R.Mulroy, '39, vice president of community relations, University of Detroit
    Peter B.Neydon, '65, president,
    USF Holland Geraldine A.O'Grady-Pershing, '55, educator, community activist and philanthropist
    L. Brooks Patterson, '61, '67, county executive, Oakland County, Michigan
    Most Reverend Ricardo Ramirez, C.S.B, D.D., 68, Bishop, Las Cruces, New Mexico
    Reverend Robert J.Scullin, S.J., 68, former provincial, Detroit Province Society of Jesus
    Frederick M. Seibert '69, '73, owner and president, Preece, Inc.
    Neal Shine, '52, former managing editor and publisher, Detroit Free Press
    Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics, Yale
    Ronald J.Thayer, '62, consultant, Continental Dining Services
    Michael D.Ware, '67, managing director, Advance Capital Markets
    Milford E.Woodbeck, Sr. '33,'38, chairman, Overhead Conveyer Co., Inc.
    Dr. James Woodruff, former president, University of Detroit

Notable Alumni

Notable Alumni

• Michael Martinez, ’12, Reporter, Crain's Detroit Business
• Patrick Parsons, '98, Information Technologies Consultant, Deloitte & Touche
• David Sampson, ’96, CEO of Mariners Inn
• Keegan-Michael Key, ’93, Actor, Emmy winner, Comedy Central, Key & Peel Show
• Ryan Irwin, '90, District Sales Manager, Dun & Bradstreet Corporation
• Amy Merrill Salowitz, '89, National Advertising Manager, Domino's Pizza
• Alison Payne, '85, News Anchor, WGN-TV, Chicago
• Terry Tyler, '78, Former Detroit Pistons Basketball Player
• Isiah McKinnon, ’75, ’78, Former Deputy Mayor, City of Detroit
• John Smyntek, '72, Editor, Special Features, Knight Ridder Inc.
• Thomas Page, ’71, ’76, Community Activist
• John P. Hayes, ’71, President/Owner Third Avenue Media LLC
• Michael Cavanagh, LA '62, LW '66, Justice, Michigan Supreme Court
• Neal Shine, '62, Retired Publisher, Detroit Free Press
• Rick Sylvain, ’69, Publicity and Public Relations, Walt Disney World Resort, Florida
• Ed McNamara, '59, Wayne County Executive
• Elmore "Dutch" Leonard, '50, Author/Screenplay writer
• Jerome Horwitz, LA '42, GR '44, Scientist (discovered AZT)