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Summer School-Not Just for College Students

If you walk through campus during the summer it may look pretty deserted, however, there is plenty of activity going on everywhere else. The University of Detroit Mercy offers a number of summer programs for all ages in all areas from preschool to college age students. If you just type in “summer” in the search box on the UDM home page you will find a host of programs listed such as:                  ...

Memorial Day

At the base of the University of Detroit Mercy clock tower is a memorial to the students and alumni that gave the ultimate sacrifice in World War I in their service of their country. The Tower was dedicated in 1927. For full description see the Varsity News, October 12, 1927....

Commencements of the past at University of Detroit

Last week the University of Detroit Mercy sent off its latest set of graduates to their next phase of their lives. It wasn’t that long ago when commencement ceremonies were held a bit later in the year and graduates had to follow more compulsory rules to graduate. Check out the notice in the Varsity News, May 8, 1939: Up until 1966, commencement ceremonies were held a month later in June instead of early May like it is now. This changed...

Golden Memories for the Class of ’66

At every commencement, the university invites alumni back for their 50th year reunion. Here is just a sampling of some of the events they would have experienced as students at the University of Detroit and Mercy College of Detroit. For UD students, some of the memories will include the Spring Carnivals and maybe being in the class taught by Mrs J.O. Smith, now better known at the novelist Joyce Carol Oates. There are the well known personalities that would be...

From Star Basketball Player to Head Coach: Welcome Back Bacari Alexander!

Bacari Alexander played two seasons at the University of Detroit Mercy and graduated from the university in 1999.                           He went on to play with the Harlem Globetrotters for a couple of years and then moved to assistant coaching at University of Detroit Mercy, Ohio, Western Michigan University and University of Michigan. He was named Head Coach at the University of Detroit Mercy in April 2016. He  is...

First shots fired to begin the Civil War April 12, 1861

On Friday, April 12, 1861, at 4:30 a.m., Confederate batteries opened fire, firing for 34 straight hours, on Fort Sumter. In the Black Abolitionist Archive there is a short article from the Weekly Anglo-African, April 20, 1861, that might be of interest to see how it was reported by the African American newspaper of that time....

Hon. Roman S. Gribbs Class of ’52, ’54

Roman Gribbs (1925-2016), a much respected former mayor of the city of Detroit and  judge for the Michigan Court of Appeals, was also a very active as a student and alumnus at the University of Detroit. As a student, he was President of Student Council, Vice-President Alpha Sigma Nu, national Jesuit honor society, Blue Key member, Senior Delegate for National Federation of Catholic College Students, Sophomore Class President and received the Delta Sigma Pi gold pin scholarship award which is...

UD Football is alive and well-on video!

It had a few false starts and detours along the way but at last you can now watch the University of Detroit football team in action. It is not the whole game, and you may only catch a glimpse of the band and cheerleaders, and there is no sound, but hey, half the fun might be to call your own play by play action. Additional films will be added, and if you can ID some of the unknown games, let...

Past UD Presidents Portraits

If you have ever been in the President’s Dining Room in the Student Center, you probably noticed a wall of portraits of past presidents of the University of Detroit, Mercy College of Detroit and University of Detroit Mercy. The first 18 portraits of UD presidents were done by a student at the University of Detroit, LaSalle Mayes. He was a student in the College of Arts and Science in 1957 and had worked on the portraits for almost two years....

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