Memories to last a lifetime
Alumni who participated in student groups and organizations graduated with more than an academic degree.
Earning an education rooted in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions is just the start for many UDM students. To truly discover who they are and what they can be during their college years and beyond, students expand their horizons through participation in clubs or student organizations on campus. The benefits can be immense. Students meet new people who may become lifelong friends. They challenge and explore their own talents and often impact the lives of others. Joining a student group at UDM embraces all aspects of educating the body, mind and spirit.
Over the histories of University of Detroit, Mercy College of Detroit and University of Detroit Mercy, there have been hundreds of student groups and organizations, including fraternities, sororities, religious organizations, honor societies, sports, social groups, and groups for just about every interest or academic program. While most students get involved in organizations during their undergraduate years on campus, students attending the University's professional schools of Law and Dentistry have also found that their experiences in such groups as the Moot Court Club, Law Journal and even Dentistry's long-standing club hockey team provided them with the professional enrichment and social camaraderie needed to balance out the rigors of their studies.
Some student organizations were short-lived and remain in historical documents like The Tower yearbooks and history books. Other groups, like the Varsity News and Chemistry Club, date to the early years of the University’s founding institutions and still exist today. Participation in any of these groups left fond memories and lasting friendships for thousands of graduates and will do the same for our current students.
This article highlights several student groups that spanned different periods of the University's history, with the main focus on the popular University of Detroit Chorus from 1953 to 1975, under the direction of Don Large. While U of D and Mercy College (see related story) had choruses of various types before and after “The Don Large era,” this group put the spotlight on the University and its student singers.