Congratulations, Titan Class of 2021!

Student gather for Detroit Mercy Commencement and cheer to the camera.

On behalf of the entire Detroit Mercy community, congratulations to the Titan Class of 2021! Detroit Mercy graduates will find updated information below on ceremony videos, celebrations, graduation stories and more. Graduates from the School of Law and School of Dentistry can also visit their respective School's websites for more information.

Campus Connection will continue to publish graduating student highlights in the "Student Spotlight" category throughout May. Virtual ceremonies will remain on the website for the remainder of 2021. Congratulations again, and Go Titans!


If you do not attend the On-Campus Graduation Celebration, diplomas can be picked up in your College/School office the week of May 17-21. If diplomas are not picked up by Friday, May 21, they will be mailed to you.

Virtual Commencement Ceremonies

Baccalaureate Masses

McNichols Campus Baccalaureate Mass

School of Law and School of Dentistry Baccalaureate Mass

Graduating Student Spotlights

2021 Valedictorian Nurzahan Rahman

Nurzahan Rahman

As a child, Nurzahan Rahman dreamed of being her school’s valedictorian. Through her hard work in the classroom, dedication to giving back and willingness to fight for her beliefs, Rahman made that dream a reality, as she was named the University of Detroit Mercy Class of 2021 valedictorian.

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Dalonzo Curges

Dalonzo Curges Dalonzo Curges knew he belonged at University of Detroit Mercy from the moment he stepped foot on the McNichols Campus. Helping others feel equally welcome and making a difference at the University have been priorities for Curges, who graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

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Taylor Kile

Taylor Kile Taylor Kile came to University of Detroit Mercy wanting to become an architect. After four years, she completes her undergraduate career knowing exactly how she can impact the world. Kile, who is graduating this May with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a minor in Leadership, discovered her passion for inadequate housing in developing countries while studying at Detroit Mercy.

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Bonanza Cummings

Bonanza Cummings Bonanza Cummings’ favorite memory from his time at University of Detroit Mercy is one Michiganders may take for granted: The first time he saw snow. Growing up in the tropical climate of Jamaica, Cummings’ only exposure to snow was through a screen. He watched people having fun and playing in it on television and couldn’t wait to experience that feeling as well.

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Socials and Staying Connected

Share photos and videos on social media by tagging @detmercy on Twitter or Instagram and using #DetroitMercy2021

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Congratulations, Class of 2021 and GO TITANS!

Titans Together against COVID-19

Students should be reassured that after their degree requirements are completed, their degrees will be conferred, diplomas will be mailed and transcripts will be available. Thank you for your understanding and for the most current information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit

Caps, Gowns and Academic Regalia

Visit Herff Jones for information on class rings, graduation announcements, diploma frames and other academic regalia.


Commencement Celebration Schedule

Thursday, May 13

Friday, May 14

  • 10 a.m. – McNichols Undergraduate/Graduate Baccalaureate Mass (livestream)
  • Noon – School of Law Virtual Commencement Ceremony
  • 2:30 p.m. – School of Dentistry Virtual Commencement Ceremony
  • 4 to 5:30 p.m. – School of Law Hooding Celebration (Riverfront Campus, registration required)
  • 6 to 7 p.m. – School of Architecture Graduation Recognition Ceremony (McNichols Campus)

Saturday, May 15

  • 10 a.m. to noon – Detroit Mercy Dental Hygiene Class Celebration (livestream)
  • 11 a.m. – McNichols Undergraduate, Graduate and Aquinas Nursing Students’ Virtual Ceremonies
    • 11 a.m. – College of Liberal Arts & Education
    • 11:30 a.m. – College of Engineering & Science
    • Noon – College of Business Administration
    • 12:30 p.m. – College of Health Professions/McAuley School of Nursing
    • 1 p.m. – School of Architecture

Sunday, May 16

  • McNichols Graduation Celebrations (McNichols Campus, registration required)
  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – College of Liberal Arts & Education
  • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – College of Business Administration
  • 1:30 to 4 p.m. – College of Health Professions/McAuley School of Nursing
  • 4 to 4:30 p.m. – School of Architecture
  • 4:30 to 6 p.m. – College of Engineering & Science

Saturday, June 5

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Detroit Mercy Dental Class Hooding Celebration (Corktown Campus)

While we wished we could celebrate your Commencement in Calihan Hall as we usually do, the current state guidelines prohibited large in-person gatherings. Nevertheless, we are committed to celebrating your outstanding accomplishments and your degree. We hope you had a joyful — and safe — 2021 Commencement.

On-Campus Graduation Celebration

Following the virtual commencement ceremonies on May 15, graduates and two guests were invited to an On-Campus Graduation Celebration at the McNichols Campus on Sunday, May 16.

During the time on-campus, graduates visited Titan Field to obtain diploma and commencement program, have photographs taken by Grad Images, visited with Alumni Relations, Center for Career and Professional Education and visited professors.

The event required graduates and guests to wear masks and maintain social distance.

Detroit Mercy graduates strike a pose while walking to Commencement ceremony.
Detroit Mercy graduates gather and cheer in Calihan Hall as they walk during Commencement ceremonies.