Detroit Mercy Homecoming 2016

HOMECOMING Weekend 2016

Uptown, Downtown, Corktown... come share the fun!

Friday, September 30 & Saturday, October 1

From our exciting 5K & Family Fun Run/Walk and St. Francis Club-style Tug-of-War to the more reverent Vow Renewal Ceremony, there's something fun for everyone at our family friendly Homecoming weekend. Come for one event or stay all day—you're coming home. 

Check out our schedule of events and come back to watch for more details! 

Interested in volunteering at Homecoming? Please email Director of Alumni Relations at

Schedule of Activities


Friday events are being planned by each School or College. Everyone's welcome, so plan to attend a few. Check back regularly to see new events as they are finalized!

Friday, September 30

Campus-Wide BBQ (all schools and colleges welcome)

Join fellow alumni, students, faculty and staff for a campus-wide BBQ to kick off Homecoming Weekend!  
Location: Sacred Heart Square
6:30-8 p.m.
Register Here

School of Architecture

Come to see inspirational presentations and displays from alumni making important architectural contributions and stay for a barbecue.

4 - 5:45 p.m. – Alumni Work Exhibition,  Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center

4:30 - 5 p.m. – Ribbon Cutting and Dedication, Lower Level Studios and Workshops
The ceremony will recognize lead donors Steven Pagnotta AR ’74 ’76 and Beth Jevitz Pagnotta CBA ’74

5 p.m. – Reception for the Lower Level Renovation 

5 p.m. – Pre-reception on the Main Floor for the Exhibition and Alumni Lecture/Panel Discussion 

5:30 p.m. – "Detroit Innovators" Alumni Lecture/Panel Discussion

School of Dentistry

Continuing Education Program with alumnus Mark T. Murphy, D.D.S., FAGD, '81, titled "The Three Drivers of Sustained Practice Growth and Success." Find more information and register here.
Location: Student Center Ballroom
9 a.m.-noon

College of Engineering & Science

The College of Engineering & Science will dedicate the new Center for Automotive Systems Engineering Education with a dinner and program. Keynote speaker is Mr. William L. Kozyra ’80, Chairman, CEO and President of TI Automotive.  Reservations are required.  Please visit to learn more about the laboratory.
Location: Engineering High Bay
5-8 p.m.
Register Here

School of Law

Golf Outing and Dinner
Location: St. John’s Golf at the Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Road, Plymouth, MI
Noon-8 p.m.
Register Here

College of Business Administration

"9 Businesses," a film about Detroit entrepreneurs, shows at 5:30 and 6 p.m. followed by discussion led by Emily Doerr '12.
Location: Commerce & Finance Building, Room 209
Showtimes at 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

College of Liberal Arts & Education and the McNichols Library

Be part of a live studio audience at a taping of University of Detroit Mercy's long-running, fun trivia show "Ask the Professor."  Bring your favorite trivia questions and see if you can stump the profs. You could win a cool mug! 
Location: First floor of the library
4:30-6:30 p.m.

College of Health Professions 

Student-led tours of ongoing renovations.
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Student Life

Our student committee is planning a glow night, more details to come.

The Theatre Company

The Theatre Company presents the regional premiere of Kenneth Jones’ Alabama Story. In 1959, a state librarian stands her ground in challenging a segregationist senator’s attempt to ban a simple children’s book about rabbits. Inspired by true events in Montgomery, Alabama, this impassioned drama is charming, nuanced, and dynamic!

During homecoming weekend, Sept. 29, 30, Oct. 1 and 2, UDM alumni will receive the $10 student rate for tickets! A savings of $15 a ticket! Order tickets at or by calling 313.993.3270.



Saturday, come to town for so many exciting events! Come back often to find out what new events have been added.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Cost of General Admission:

Students are free

5K and Tug of War participants  will receive free admission with their race/tug entry.

No admission charge to those attending ONLY the vow renewal. But please register for that event.

Included in your general admission fee, you will receive:

  • Offical Homecoming 2016 T-shirt
  • Food truck voucher: $5 per individual or $15 per family.
  • Entry to women's soccer game
  • Entry to Alumni Basketball game
  • Participation in all activities at the Detroit Street Fair and Family Fun Center
  • Participation in the Detroit Mercy Scavenger Hunt

General Admission Registration


All events on the McNichols Campus

General Attendance (general attendance activities are marked with an * ):
Register Here

Additional Homecoming Events:
5K and Family Fun Run/Walk
Tug-of-War Team
Vow Renewal Mass and Reception


8 a.m. — Detroit Decades Dash 5K and Family Fun Run/Walk  

Get in on the ground floor of a new Detroit tradition: The Detroit Decades Dash. This year's theme is the 1980s, and there are prizes for the best costumes. So dig out your pink and black Spandex, your power suits with big shoulder pads, your biggest hair and that Members Only jacket. The route winds through one of Detroit's most historic neighborhoods. Top finishers get medals and registering for the race gets you into the other Homecoming activities, too! 

8:30 a.m. — Fun Run/Walk
9 a.m. — 5K 
10 a.m. — Awards Presentation

Register online for the Detroit Decades Dash!

Or fill out the mail-in registration form

9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  —  Scavenger Hunt* 

Explore the iconic features of the McNichols Campus with this event designed to help you get to know and appreciate the history and beauty of campus. Prizes for this family friendly hunt are based on the number of people, places and items you can find while immersing yourself in Homecoming activites. Stop by the scavenger hunt booths anytime during the day's activities to participate. 

10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  — Fun Center*

From arts and crafts to board games to yard games, the Fun Center promises to provide fun and games for people of all ages.
Location: Sacred Heart Square

10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. — Pictorial Exhibition*

We dug into our archives to develop an exhibition of photographs and more featuring the campuses of University of Detroit, Mercy College of Detroit and University of Detroit Mercy.

10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.   —   Detroit Street Fair*

We bring the sights, sounds and food inspired by the city of Detroit to campus. Shop, make crafts, and support Detroit business and entrepreneurs.  The food court will feature fun and gourmet delights of some of the city's best-known food trucks for you to purchase for lunch or just a snack. Vendors and food trucks to date include: Michigan Science Center, Lincoln Park High School, Pewabic Pottery, Campus Kitchen, Detroit Sip, UDM Bookstore, Stay and Play Social Club, First Aid by the College of Health Professions, Detroit Institute of Arts, Bird Bee, Detroit Party Marching Band, Treat Dreams, Moo Cluck Moo and Delectabowl.
Food Trucks - Open at 11 a.m.
Location: The Fisher Fountain  

Want to be a vendor at the Detroit Street Fair?  Fill out the vendor application form and return to Jacqueline Martin at

10 a.m. - noon   —  Colleges & Schools’ Open Houses*

  • Architecture — Warren Loranger Architecture Building. This open house will include exhibits of work by students and alumni. Dean Will Wittig will offer general remarks at 11 a.m. in the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center.
  • Business Administration — Commerce & Finance Building: Learn about the exciting world of Wall Street at demonstrations on the half hour at the Financial Markets Lab on the lower level.
  • Engineering & Science — Chemistry Building/Engineering Building: Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions during self-guided tours.
  • Lansing-Reilly Hall Tours of Residence
  • Liberal Arts & Education   Open house in Briggs Building to include Communication Studies Studios. There will be displays of alumni accomplishments and CLAE faculty members will be present to talk about everything from “the old days” to current politics to today’s students. 

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. —  Alumni Basketball Game*

Once a Titan, always a Titan: Cheer on your favorite former Titan basketball players in a friendly competition.
Location: Calihan Hall

1 - 3:30 p.m. —  St. Francis-Style Tug-of-War and Post Party 
atching the competition is included in general admission; to participate in competition please register below.

Teams are being formed to compete in this long-standing University of Detroit tradition being rebooted for a new generation of University of Detroit Mercy students. Form a team, join a team or just come to cheer. In keeping with the tradition, the contest will be followed by a party. With beer.
Cost: FREE - participation includes entry for five to general Homecoming activities, 5 official Homecoming 2016 t-shirts, and 5 food truck vouchers.
Location: In front of Ford Life Sciences Building
Rules and Registration

1 - 3 p.m. —  Titan Women’s Soccer Game*

What's Homecoming without a sporting event? Come cheer our Lady Titans soccer team on to victory.
Location: Soccer Field near Calihan Hall

2:30 p.m. — Alumni Chorus Gathering and Rehearsal*

Location: To be determined

4 - 6:30 p.m. — Vow Renewal Mass and Reception

Our records show that 4,000 people married someone they went to school with at University of Detroit, Mercy College of Detroit and University of Detroit Mercy. Come back to where it all began and renew your vows at a special Mass. Alumni who met their spouses elsewhere are also invited to say "I still do." Gather after Mass for light refreshments and a champagne toast. Come a little early to enjoy an extra performance sung by a joint chorus of alumni and current students.
Location: Student Center Ballroom
Cost: No Charge
Register Here 



Who's coming to homecoming?

View the RSVP list here.