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UDM Receives President’s Honor Roll for its commitment to service

University of Detroit Mercy has been named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (2012), the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. The announcement was made at the American Council on Education’s 94th Annual Meeting Ahead of the Curve on March 12, 2012, in Los Angeles, CA.

Launched in 2006, the Honor Roll annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.

“Honor Roll schools such as University of Detroit Mercy should be proud of their work to elevate the role of service-learning on their campuses,” said Eduardo Ochoa, the U.S. Department of Education's assistant secretary for postsecondary education. Galvanizing their students to become involved in projects that address pressing concerns and enrich their academic experience has a lasting impact – both in the communities in which they work and on their own sense of purpose as citizens of the world. I hope we'll see more and more colleges and universities following their lead.”

Ochoa will be congratulating the University personally as he will be the University’s keynote speaker at the McNichols Campus commencement on May 12, 2012 in Calihan Hall.

Volunteering is common practice at the institution and as part of UDM's celebration of the inauguration of President Antoine M. Garibaldi, UDM employees and students have been invited to participate in additional community engagement activities on April 7-15 at various not-for-profit agencies in metro Detroit.

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

Publish date: April 03, 2012