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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.

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Visit Day & Homecoming, 2019

Alumni, students, staff and neighbors visited us for the Fall Festival, which took place Sept. 20 and 21. Overall, the event was fun for the whole family, with presentations, games, reunions, gaming tables, festival food and beverages.

Visit Day

Visit Day is an opportunity for prospective students and their families to see and hear about life at Detroit Mercy. Call the admissions office for more details: 313-993-1245.

Congratulations, Arlyce Seibert '71 - Spirit of Detroit Mercy Recipient 

Arlyce Seibert

Each 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.

Arlyce Seibert is, for generations of students, the face and heart of Cranbrook Schools. She began a 47-year career as a history teacher in 1971, became department chair, adviser, then moved into administration first as head of Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School and, in 1986, director of Cranbrook Schools. She retired in July.

During her tenure she spearheaded many initiatives for which the private educational community is known — building a separate girls middle school, new locker facilities for student-athletes and an ice arena to accommodate girls hockey. Under her leadership, Cranbrook Schools became a testing site for curriculum ideas from the Edgerton Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the only such partnership in the Midwest. She was named an outstanding head of school for her transformative leadership by the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Education at Columbia University and is a past chair of the board of directors for the Independent Schools Association of the Central States.

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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
  • 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