Hundreds return to campus for Detroit Mercy’s 2021 Homecoming

October 05, 2021
A group of adults and one child pose for a photo in front of Detroit Mercy's Jesus statue. In the background, the clocktower, buildings and other people are visible.

Whether it was enjoying a s’more at the Titan Tailgate bonfire, taking the field for the alumni softball game, winning a carnival game at the Fall Festival or rooting on the Titans’ men’s soccer team, everyone had a memorable time at Detroit Mercy’s 2021 Homecoming.

More than 1,600 alumni, students, faculty and staff, family and friends attended nearly two dozen events on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-2 to help celebrate Homecoming.

“Once again Homecoming left us feeling inspired and uplifted because of the energy and enthusiasm generated when we all come together and celebrate Detroit Mercy traditions,” said Peggy Pattison, director of Alumni Relations at Detroit Mercy.

Those in attendance enjoyed a Titan Tailgate and bonfire as well as a drive-in movie Friday night ahead of Saturday’s full day of activities.

The annual Tour de Titan bike ride helped kick off Saturday’s festivities with participants cycling nearby neighborhoods as well as campus.

Alumni took part in a softball tournament from Detroit Mercy’s Buysse Ballpark and the Fall Festival on Saturday featured food trucks, casino and lawn games, a rock wall and several other carnival games at the Kassab Mall.

Also outdoors was a taping of “Ask the Professor,” while indoors in the buildings on McNichols Campus were several reunions, including the College of Health Professions celebrating 80 years of Mercy. The Golden Jubilee reunion helped celebrate the Classes of 1970 and 1971.

Calihan Hall also showcased the men’s and women’s basketball teams for alumni and fans for the first time in 2021.

The Detroit Mercy men’s soccer team helped cap off the full Homecoming weekend, battling rival Oakland to a 2-2 draw beneath a light drizzle and the lights of Titan Field.

“Detroit Mercy Homecoming continues to grow each year and has become a marquee event for the entire University community,” Pattison said. “We look forward to seeing even more people next fall at Homecoming 2022.”

Visit the University's Facebook page to view a Homecoming 2021 photo gallery.

Fans react as the Detroit Mercy and Oakland soccer teams gather near Oakland’s goal for an exciting play.
Students socialize and eat food from the Crispelli’s food truck during Homecoming. The phrases, Pizzeria on Wheels, oven-baked and bosco sticks, are visible on the truck.
A group of female students cheer during the Homecoming 2021 softball tournament.
Two Detroit Mercy men’s basketball players pose for a photo with Tommy Titan.
A group of female students wearing Detroit Mercy basketball shirts pose for a photograph during Homecoming.
Spirit Award winners pose for a group photograph at the Henry Ford Museum.
Homecoming 2021 was a family affair for a man and his children, who enjoy an ice cream from one of the food trucks at the event.
A group of students sit on the Titan Field turf for the screening of Back to the Future. In the background, the clocktower is visible and lit up.
The Detroit Mercy cheer team poses for a group photo at Homecoming.
Students socialize and play a giant Jenga game during Homecoming. The clocktower is visible and lit up in the background.
A ball is hit during the Homecoming softball tournament, held at Detroit Mercy’s Buysse Ballpark. A banner for NCAA Appearances 2019 is seen in the background on the outfield fence.
A group of female students wearing Detroit Mercy lacrosse gear take a selfie next to the Titan Tailgate bonfire.