University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Commencement 2016

BACCALAUREATE MASS:  Thursday, May 12 at 5:00 p.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church in Detroit, Michigan

The Class of 2016 and their families are invited to join their fellow graduates and the Detroit Mercy Law faculty and administration for the Law School Baccalaureate Mass.  Held at Sts. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church, adjacent to the law school, 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.  Rev. Gilbert Sunghera, S.J. will preside.

Graduates attending Baccalaureate wear their graduation academic regalia, including their hoods, and gather by 4:30 p.m. at the law school in the first-floor hall opposite the SBA office.  Graduates and guests may park in the Larned and Christ Church parking lots.

COMMENCEMENT: Friday, May 13 at 5:00 p.m. in Calihan Hall in Detroit, Michigan

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will celebrate the graduating class of 2016 at the Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 13 at 5pm in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus of the University of Detroit Mercy.  Graduates, dignitaries, and faculty are expected to arrive at Calihan no later than 4:00 p.m.  Guests may begin to be seated in Calihan Hall by 4:00 p.m., and should be seated by 4:50 p.m. as the ushers stop seating guests at that time to make way for the academic procession.  The Graduation ceremony lasts approximately two and one-half hours. 

PREPARATION FOR COMMENCEMENT

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 cap and gown online is Sunday, April 3, 2016.   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. 

Accommodations for guests with disabilities

Graduates who will have guests requiring accommodated seating should contact Stephanie Wheeler (wheelersm@udmercy or 313-596-0212) to request accommodations.  One family member is permitted to sit with those who require disabled seating.  Please ask an usher for assistance upon arriving at Calihan Hall. 

Handicapped parking, in front of Calihan Hall, is limited and restricted to those guests with valid handicapped stickers or license plates. 

Requests for alumni hooders

Graduates may request to be hooded by a family member who is a School of Law alumnus or alumna.  Please submit your request to Shamaila Khan by March 27th at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Metropolitan Detroit Motels and Hotels

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

Baccalaureate and Commencement Participating Restaurants - list as a PDF

       Must make reservation and identify as a Detroit Mercy Law graduate to receive a 15% discount on food only.

       Must make reservation for Thursday, May 12 (walk-in dining only on Friday, May 13) and show Law
       School I.D. to receive a 10% discount.

       Must make reservation to receive a 10% discount on total bill.

       Must make online reservation by May 10 at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and identify as a Detroit
       Mercy Law graduate to receive a 20% discount.

  • Union Street Detroit
    4145 Woodward
    (313) 831-3965                      

       Must make online reservation at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to receive a 15% discount on food
       only.

       Must make reservation to receive a 15% discount.

Commencement Day

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.

Guest seating

Calihan will open for guests at 4:00 p.m.  No tickets are required for the ceremony, and seating is on a first come, first served basis.  All guests are asked to be seated by 4:50 p.m. to allow for the academic procession to begin.

Graduate Check-in

All graduates must check in at the Calihan Hall northwest entrance by 4:00 p.m.  Please wear your academic regalia.

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. 

Reciting the Prayer Inspired by St. Thomas More

All graduates stand and recite the prayer with the Graduate Prayer Reader selected during the Graduation Fair. 

Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremony Protocol

Graduates are asked not to not chew gum or use any electronic devices during the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies.

Given the solemnity of the occasion, please ask your guests to observe the following courtesies during Baccalaureate and Commencement:

  • Turn off all electronic devices, cell phones, and pagers.
  • Please do not bring food into 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.

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.

Recommended Directions to Calihan Hall
4001 West McNichols Road
Detroit, MI 48221

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.