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Preparation to Graduate

Students at graduation.

Commencement is a day to remember for graduates, parents, friends and the entire Detroit Mercy community. To make the day go as planned, it’s important to have the right preparation for you and your guests.

To help you prepare, be sure to check out the information here on caps and gowns, guest ticketing, parking, the Graduate Salute and local hotels.

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    Caps and gowns

    Caps, gowns, and tassels (and stoles for bachelor degrees and hoods for master, specialist and doctoral candidates) can only be ordered online. The website for placing an order can be found at herffjones.com/college/udmercy.

    Prices vary by degree. Bachelor $44, Masters/Specialist $50.50 and Doctoral $74. There is a standard shipping and handling rate of $15 within the U.S. plus sales tax. Caps and gowns will not be distributed at the University. 

    Your cap & gown (and stole or hood) will be shipped directly to you. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.

    The last day for online orders is Monday, April 3, 2017. For orders after April 3rd, call 1-800-879-8143 to place a RUSH order.  Rush orders will incur a $20 charge. Monday, May 1, 2017 is the LAST day to place a rush order. 

    No orders will be accepted after May 1, 2017.

    Attire

    Commencement is a formal academic ceremony. Only approved academic regalia can be worn. Although Calihan Hall is not air-conditioned, fans will be used to circulate the air. Dress accordingly. With more than 7,000 graduates, faculty and guests, depending on the weather, it may be warm. Because you will be standing in line and marching both inside and outdoors for over an hour, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Gown decoration is strictly limited to University, college and school honor regalia. A listing of the approved items may be obtained from your college or school office or the Office of the Registrar. Caps should not contain adornments or messages. Candidates whose caps and gowns do not comply with the academic standards will not be permitted into the arena. You may not wear a cap and gown from another institution. Starting in 2015 all bachelor degree candidates will be wearing a Detroit Mercy stole with their cap and gown. These can be purchased separately online, if you already own a cap and gown.

    Cap and Gown Tassel and Hood Colors for Degree Majors

    Bachelor Degree Majors Tassel Color
    Accounting Golden Yellow
    Addiction Studies Golden Yellow
    Architectural Engineering Orange
    Architecture Blue-Violet
    Biochemistry Golden Yellow
    Biology Golden Yellow
    Business Administration Drab
    Chemistry Golden Yellow
    Civil Engineering Orange
    Civil and Environmental Engineering Orange
    Communication Studies White
    Computer Science Golden Yellow
    Criminal Justice Golden Yellow
    Developmental Psychology White
    Digital Media Studies White
    Economics White
    Electrical Engineering Orange
    Elementary Education Light Blue
    Engineering Orange
    English White
    Environmental Engineering Orange
    Financial Economics White
    Health Information Management Golden Yellow
    Health Services Golden Yellow
    Health Services Administration Golden Yellow
    History White
    Industrial/Organizational Psychology White
    Legal Administration White
    Liberal Studies White
    Mathematics Golden Yellow (BS) or White (BA)
    Mechanical Engineering Orange
    Nursing Apricot
    Philosophy White
    Political Science White
    Psychology White
    Robotics and Mechatronic Systems Engineering Orange
    Religious Studies White
    Social Studies Education Light Blue
    Social Work Citron
    Sociology White
    Software Engineering Golden Yellow
    Software Production and Management Golden Yellow
    Special Education — Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered Light Blue
    Special Education — Learning Disabled Light Blue
    Theater White
    Master Degree Majors Tassel and Hood Color
    Addiction Counseling White
    Architecture Blue-Violet
    Business Administration Drab
    Chemistry Golden Yellow
    Civil and Environmental Engineering Orange
    Clinical Mental Health Counseling White
    Clinical Nurse Leader Apricot
    Clinical Psychology White
    Community Counseling White
    Community Development White
    Computer Science Golden Yellow
    Criminal Justice White
    Curriculum and Instruction Light Blue
    Economics Copper
    Educational Administration Light Blue
    Electrical and Computer Engineering Orange
    Elementary Education Light Blue
    Engineering Management Orange
    Family Nurse Practitioner Apricot
    Financial Economics Copper
    Health Services Administration Golden Yellow
    Health Systems Management Apricot
    Industrial/Organizational Psychology White
    Information Assurance Golden Yellow
    Intelligence Analysis Golden Yellow
    Liberal Studies White
    Mechanical Engineering Orange
    Nurse Anesthesiology Golden Yellow
    Nursing Education Apricot
    Physician Assistant Golden Yellow
    Product Development Golden Yellow
    Religious Studies White
    School Counseling Light Blue
    School Psychology White
    Security Administration Golden Yellow
    Software Engineering Golden Yellow
    Software Management Golden Yellow
    Special Education — Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered Light Blue
    Special Education — Learning Disabled Light Blue
    Teaching of Mathematics Light Blue
    Specialist Degree Majors Tassel and Hood Color
    School Psychology White
    Doctoral Degree Majors Tassel and Hood Color
    Civil and Environmental Engineering Orange
    Clinical Psychology Dark Blue
    Electrical Engineering Orange
    Mechanical Engineering Orange
    Nursing Practice Apricot
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    Graduate Salute

    Date: March 16, 2017

    All prospective graduates are invited to stop by the Graduate Salute which will be held in the Student Center Fountain Lounge from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

    Representatives from

    • Career Education Center
    • College of Business Administration
    • College of Engineering & Science
    • College of Health Professions and McAuley School of Nursing
    • Student Accounting Office
    • Office of the Registrar
    • Office of Financial Aid
    • Graduate Admissions Office
    • Alumni Office
    • University Ministry

    will be available to answer questions and provide information to candidates for graduation.

    Candidates will also have the opportunity to order their cap and gown online, purchase class ring, graduation announcements/invitations or have a graduation picture taken from the commencement photographers at the Grad Salute.

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    Guest ticketing and Calihan Hall seating

    Guest Tickets

    No tickets are required for the ceremony. Candidates are asked to be judicious in the number of invitations they extend. We ask that no more than 10 guests be invited. Remember that seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. and once Calihan Hall is at capacity, no more guests will be admitted. Tickets may be required in future years based on future graduating classes and expected attendance.

    Seating for Disabled Persons

    Guest seating is restricted to the upper arena which is accessible only by stairs. 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 disabled seating. Escorted entry is through the northeast arena door only. Seats are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Strollers will not be accommodated in the disabled seating area.

    When the section for disabled persons in Calihan Hall is full there is additional seating also available in the Student Fitness Center located southwest from Calihan Hall with plenty of space for additional family and friends. Limited transportation from Calihan to the Student Fitness Center is available by golf cart. There is parking in Lot E right next to the Fitness Center for vehicles with a state-issued handicapped parking pass. Screens will be showing the complete ceremony at that facility.

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    Honors and Diploma

    Latin Honors

    Graduates who have compiled superior academic records during their undergraduate program at Detroit Mercy will have one of the following honors inscribed on their diploma and recorded on their permanent academic transcript: cum laude (3.50 GPA minimum), magna cum laude (3.70 GPA minimum), summa cum laude (3.90 GPA minimum). These GPA requirements are in effect for students entering Detroit Mercy as of Fall 2011.

    Any student who started a degree program prior to Fall 2011 (when new rules went into effect) and has not finished his or her bachelor degree by May 2015 will be required to follow these GPA requirements. All coursework in the cumulative GPA at Detroit Mercy is used in the calculation for honors. Transfer students must complete at least 60 hours at Detroit Mercy to be eligible for honors recognition.

    The responsibility for determining appropriate academic honors rests with the individual colleges and schools. Candidates enrolled in the Honors Program, who have completed the established requirements of the program, will have honors suitably inscribed as part of their degree name on their diploma.

    Candidates expected to complete their degrees in Summer 2017 will not have honors read at Commencement because coursework is incomplete and final GPA is not yet determined. Honors information cannot be altered on Commencement Day. Please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for information. There are no cords worn at commencement for those receiving Latin honors.

    Diploma

    If all degree requirements have been met, financial balances including the graduation fee have been paid and the diploma order processed, you will receive your diploma immediately following the Commencement Ceremony in your college or school. Others will receive their diplomas from their colleges or schools at a later date, when all the aforementioned has been completed.

    Two Degrees at this Ceremony

    If you are receiving two degrees at this ceremony, special arrangements need to be made, especially if those degrees are from two different colleges or schools. Please contact the Registrar's Office no later than May 1st to discuss options for participation with the Registrar.

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    Locations and Parking

    Locations

    Share a copy of the McNichols Campus Map with your guests so that they may familiarize themselves with the campus, its facilities and parking areas.

    You may also wish to see the Driving Directions page.

    Parking

    Parking will be crowded and campus traffic will be heavy. Please allow extra time and car pool.

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

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    Local Hotels

    Suggested Detroit Area Hotel Accommodations

    Baymont Inn & Suites
    32800 Stephenson Highway
    Madison Heights MI 48071
    248-588-3388
    Web Site
      Hampton Inn
    32420 Stephenson Highway
    Madison Heights MI 48071
    248-585-8881
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    Downtown Detroit Courtyard
    333 East Jefferson
    Detroit MI 48226
    313-222-7700
    Web site
      Troy Marriott
    200 W Big Beaver Road
    Troy MI, 48084
    248-680-9797
    Web site
         
    Detroit Marriott - Southfield
    27033 Northwestern Highway
    Southfield MI
    248-356-7400
    Web site
      Holiday Inn Express - Southfield
    25100 Northwestern Highway
    Southfield MI 48075
    248-350-2400
    Web site
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