2020 Homecoming – Keeping the Tradition

September 19 – 27, 2020

aerial view of campus with Welcome

Keep our fall tradition alive by participating in a new slate of homecoming events designed for both your entertainment and safety. Understanding the desire to stay connected to the Detroit Mercy community, we crafted a different, yet engaging agenda for homecoming week. Register today for these activities to win some great prizes. We look forward to seeing you this fall and again in person, on campus in 2021.

Homecoming activities include:

group of students at service opportunityDetroit Mercy Service Days
between Sept. 19 and Sept. 27

In keeping with our Jesuit and Mercy traditions, we are asking you to show your Titan pride by participating in our Detroit Mercy Service Days. In your local communities, partner with a volunteer organization and spend a few hours working with them between Sept. 19 and Sept. 27.

Post a picture of yourself at the worksite on Instagram or Facebook and tag @DetroitMercyAlumni to receive our specially designed Detroit Mercy Service Days T-shirt. (Reminder: your account must be set to public for us to see your tags, or feel free to send your picture to alumni@udmercy.edu so we can feature you in our photo gallery).

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    Service Days: Partners and Ideas

    Thank you for participating in the University of Detroit Mercy’s Alumni Week of Service! We have provided some general directions on how you can serve your community over Alumni Week of Service. Please note this is not an exhaustive list. We encourage you to volunteer anywhere you feel most comfortable over the next week. You are not required to volunteer at any of these placements but keep them in mind if you are looking for a place to start.

    Happy Volunteering!

    General Resources

    • Reach out to local churches in your area
    • Reach out to local food banks/soup kitchens in your area
    • Reach out to a voter registration program in your area
    • Reach out to local schools to assist in lunch programs
    • Reach out to local senior centers/USO/Children’s Hospitals for pen pal programs

    Partners of Detroit Mercy

    Aunti Na’s Village

    Demographic Inspiration Detroit

    Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

    Fleece and Thank you

    You'll be providing comfort and support to children who are struggling with illnesses, Supplies are paid for by the University, but the blankets are made by your hands. Order in advance, so you can make them during Service Days.

    Gleaner’s Food Banks (Various Locations)

    Keep Growing Detroit


    Online Resources


    This volunteer search tool is exclusively for online volunteer projects. Each one has a timeline that can range anywhere from an hour to a few weeks. So, whether you have an afternoon or several, you can help not-for-profit with tasks like writing thank you letters or editing photos. Go to Catchafire website.

    United Nations Volunteers

    If you’re looking to take your online volunteering worldwide, this is the place to start. UNV connects you with organizations working for peace and development in need of skills like research, writing, art, and design. There are already over 12,000 volunteers from 187 countries lending their talents to organizations around the globe. Go to United Nations website.

    Translators Without Borders

    For those fluent in more than one language, check out this nonprofit that combines language skills with humanitarian aid. Volunteers provide translations (10 million words a year!) to international organizations that focus on crisis relief, health and education. Go to Translators Without Borders website.

    Project Gutenberg

    Volunteer by donating eligible materials, transcribing books into a digital form, or proofreading others’ work. Go to Project Gutenberg website

drive-in-3.jpgOutdoor Movie: Remember the Titans
Thursday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m.

Enjoy watching an epic film in a safe, festive environment as we welcome alumni, families and students back to campus for an evening adventure. Included in this movie experience is your choice of traditional movie refreshments, plus the opportunity to receive a Detroit Mercy sports chair.

The chair pictured here will be given to the first 60 students and the first 40 alumni who register for the event. (All chairs must be picked up on the night of the event before the movie starts.)

Space is limited. We will allow up to 150 cars and 100 lawn spots. Pre-registration is required. In case of rain, movie will be rescheduled for Thursday, Oct. 1.

Virtual Events

alumni and Tommy Titan golfingUnderstanding Social Security and Medicare
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 12 p.m.

Get a jump-start on retirement by finding essential information about Social Security and Medicare benefits before you need them. Topics include registration tips, important questions to ask, where to look for reliable information and basic understanding of the terminology.

Presented by Chris Nemes, CPA, CPFA ‘14 and Brian Nemes, JD CFP – Nemes Rush Private Wealth Mangaement

alumni group talkingLegal Matters for Grown-ups: What You Should Know and What You Should Be Asking
Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

A quick explanation of what to consider when transitioning financial control between family members. How do you choose among guardianships, power of attorney, wills or living trusts while trying to protect family members financially, physically and emotionally?

Presented by Robert Perry – Butzel Long



Theatre Company actressTitan Slam Live Streaming Event
Friday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate the Department of Performing Arts’ 144 years of theatre and Detroit Mercy Theatre Company’s 50th anniversary season by attending our first annual Titan Slam, a virtual and live monologue competition featuring current students and alumni. Find more information and register for Titan Slam.

LIVE CE Webinar: Viruses, Pandemics and COVID-19:
What you Need to Know and Why
Saturday, Sept. 26,  9:30 a.m.

The College of Health Professions and the School of Dentistry are collaborating for an interdisciplinary continuing education (CE) course designed to provide healthcare professionals with information on how viruses evolve, infect, transmit and spread through society and how the immune system responds. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with local experts. The course will offer both CME and CDE credits.  CE Registration.