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Congratulations, Henry G. (Hank) Durkin ’73 - Spirit of Detroit Mercy Recipient 

Hank DurkinEach year, University of Detroit Mercy chooses an alumnus of each of its Colleges or Schools to honor as someone who has excelled in his or her profession, demonstrated outstanding leadership in work and devoted himself or herself in service to the larger community. Award recipients reflect the University’s mission of excellence and service and bring pride to their alma mater.

On Oct 1, 2021, the College of Liberal Arts & Education will honor Henry G. (Hank) Durkin who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 1973.

In his senior year he served as editor of the Varsity News and was named the Dean Lawrence Canjar Award for Man of the Year. He spent seven years in newsrooms, including the Palm Beach (Fla.) Post and the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer before entering the computer world when he began managing the first computer system used by The Observer newsroom and, eventually, all business systems at the paper.

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Class of 2021 Commencement and on campus celebration event

College of Liberal Arts & Education celebrates the achievements of our recent graduates.

 Collage of students and faculty on 2021 on campus event for College of Liberal Arts & Education

Collage of students and faculty on 2021 on campus event for College of Liberal Arts & Education

University of Detroit Mercy recognizes the 138th Commencement and Class of 2021. This year Detroit Mercy held a virtual commencement May 15 and on-campus event May 16, 2021. Congratulations, Titans!


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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.
  • Arlyce Seibert '71,Director of Cranbrook Schools (retired)
  • 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)

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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.

Please note that transcripts mailed directly to you will say "Issued to Student" and may not be considered as official by a third party. Find all the information here:

Audit Detroit Mercy Courses

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.

The Wall of Honor

Honorees Past & 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
  • Henry G. (Hank) Durkin ’73, technical account manager (ret.), Microsoft Corp
  • 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
  • Arlyce Seibert '71, director of Cranbrook Schools (retired)
  • 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

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