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UDM graduate receives the Vivere ex Missione Award

At its May 12 Commencement ceremony, University of Detroit Mercy recognized one 2012 graduate with its Vivere ex Missione (to live out the mission) Award that is given to a graduating student who went outside the norm to live the UDM mission. David Dumais, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in the five-year accelerated Physician Assistant program, was selected for exemplifying and living out the mission of University of Detroit Mercy.

Commended for his intellectual, social, ethical and spiritual qualities, Dumais was also cited for his work as a leader and his involvement with the Detroit Hand Washing initiative. Upon receiving the Ford Community Corps Partnership Grant in 2011-2012, he organized the Detroit Hand Washing initiative, which enabled UDM physician assistant students to teach proper hand washing techniques and disease prevention to students through the grades of 5-8, in the Detroit public schools.

He was also recognized for his involvement in groups and organizations such as Alpha Epsilon Dental Biology Honors Fraternity, the Engineering and Science Student Council, Presidential Ambassadors, and UDM Orientation sessions, where he served as a student leader. Along with the Detroit Hand Washing initiative, Dumais also organized and participated in other volunteer projects. As a well-rounded student, Dumais had an outstanding academic record, and was elected class president of his program. Dumais chose to be in the medical field so he can attend to the sick and helpless because he wants to live the message of Jesus.

Release date: May 29, 2012

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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.