Commencement

Congratulations, Titan Class of 2022!

More than 20 Detroit Mercy Dental graduates celebrate in front of the McNichols Campus Library.

On behalf of the entire Detroit Mercy community, congratulations to the Titan Class of 2022!

Find photos for each commencement ceremony here and watch replays of the ceremonies on YouTube.

Vivere ex Missione Awards

The Vivere ex Missione (Living the Mission) awards are presented each year to four graduating students whose time at University of Detroit Mercy was marked by leadership, service and scholarship. Nominations are made by students, staff and faculty and the awardees are chosen by a committee of staff and faculty. Read more about the 2022 Winners:

  • Semaj Shelton Jr., Undergraduate
  • Taylor Kile, Graduate
  • Fatmeh T. Cheaib, School of Law
  • Ellese Serena Blackmon, School of Dentistry

Commencement Live Stream Replays

Undergraduate Ceremony

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Graduate Ceremony

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School of Dentistry Ceremony

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Commencement Student Profiles

Thomas Mueller '21

Thomas Mueller '21 leans against a fence at Titan Field for a portrait photograph. Thomas Mueller ’21 has stayed busy at Detroit Mercy, competing as a two-sport student-athlete, playing the trombone in the Titan Pep Band and leading the Cybersecurity Club as president. But it was a pair of phone calls more than five years ago that led to a fulfilling experience at the University.

Mueller Profile

Zena and Tanya Moaikel

Zena and Tanya Moaikel pose for a photograph in front of the Shiple Hall art mural. Zena and Tanya Moaikel nearly missed out on their favorite part of their Detroit Mercy experience: Freshman orientation. Taking part firsthand led the twin sisters to become orientation leaders as soon as they could to help other students transition into the University.

Moaikel Sisters Profile

Joseph Silveira

Joseph Silveira stands in front of his architecture presentation, which features various blueprints, layouts and images. Joseph Silveira has always been interested in what makes buildings special; in fact, it’s what brought him to Detroit Mercy. He was introduced to architecture while working on his undergraduate degree in Florida, but chose to attend Detroit Mercy for its community-oriented approach to architecture.

Silveira Profile

Mohammed Harhara

Mohammed Harhara smiles for a photo while sitting in the Student Fitness Center, with people behind him. Whether it be his job with Student Life, where he has been known as ‘the heart and soul of the office,’ or being an active member of the Muslim Student Association, Mohammed Harhara, who will be graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, is rarely hard to find.

Harhara Profile

Sandy Wang

Sandy Wang smiles for a photograph at Detroit Mercy Dental. Sandy Wang, a California native and first-generation American, credits a vibrant Detroit Mercy Dental alumni network with putting the University on her radar. Now, the first in her family to go to college will also become the first doctor in her family upon her graduation from Detroit Mercy Dental in May.

Wang Profile

Lourdes Lewis

Lourdes Lewis poses for a photo while leaning against a railing.

When Lourdes Lewis walks across the Calihan Hall stage to receive her Health Services Administration degree in mid-May, she’ll fulfill two promises. One she made to her late husband; the second she made to herself.

Lewis Profile

Willy Isiani

Willy Isiani attempts a 3-point shot during a game for the Titans men’s basketball team. From pulled scholarships to giving up soccer to living through a war, nothing has been normal or easy for Willy Isiani. But the men's basketball student-athlete realized his dream at Detroit Mercy and earned a degree in Business Administration.

Isiani Profile

Mehar Soni

Mehar Soni sits at a piano, with her left arm resting on the piano. Mehar Soni's love for literature, blossoming from her grandmother reading to her as a child, fueled the Detroit Mercy Class of 2022 valedictorian's dentistry dreams. After just three years, she will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with a minor in Literature and will quickly turn her attention to her dental school dream.

Soni Profile

Commencement Programs

Nursing Pinning Program

2022 Nursing Pinning Program cover

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School of Dentistry Program

2022 University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry program

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School of Law Program

2022 Law Program

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McNichols Campus Program

2022 McNichols-Campus Program

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Commencement Speakers

Undergrad, Graduate Speaker

Garibaldi poses for a photo.

Antoine M. Garibaldi

Dr. Antoine M. Garibaldi was the 25th and first lay president of University of Detroit Mercy, a Catholic, Doctoral/Professional University sponsored by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and the Religious Sisters of Mercy.

He began his tenure as President of Detroit Mercy in June 2011 and is concluding his 11th academic school year as leader of the University.

Since June 2011, Dr. Garibaldi has led Detroit Mercy in accomplishing multiple strategic goals in enrollment and retention, academics, fundraising and community engagement. In 2021, Detroit Mercy enrolled its largest freshman class on the McNichols Campus since 2009.

In December 2018, The Campaign for University of Detroit Mercy’s goal of $100 million was achieved a year ahead of schedule. The campaign concluded in December 2019 and raised the University’s highest total ever, $114.6 million.

A tenured Professor of Education and nationally recognized scholar, Dr. Garibaldi is the author of eleven books and more than 90 research articles and chapters. He is a Fellow of both the American Educational Research Association and the American Psychological Association, which recognizes “exceptional psychologists who have made unique, outstanding and national contributions to the field.”

In 2015, he was selected among Crain’s Detroit Business “100 Most Connected People in Detroit.” Prior to joining University of Detroit Mercy, Dr. Garibaldi was the sixth President of Gannon University for nine and a half years from 2001 to 2010.

A native of New Orleans, he received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude in Sociology from Howard University and his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Dentistry Speaker

Photo of Stephen Stefanac

Stephen Stefanac, D.D.S., M.S. '80

Clinical Professor, Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine & Associate Dean for Patient Services, University of Michigan School of Dentistry

After four years in private practice, Stephen Stefanac returned to school to pursue a degree in Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan. It was there that his passion for teaching was ignited when he served as a preclinical instructor.

In 1987, Stefanac’s part-time passion for teaching parleyed into a full-time career in higher education. Since then, he has served in a variety of teaching and leadership roles at three universities and has been an invited lecturer at institutions around the globe. He is an active emeritus faculty at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry where he also serves as the associate dean for Patient Services.

Stefanac’s teaching and research interest revolve around oral medicine, managing medically compromised patients, treatment planning and developing patient case simulations, and his work has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals. In addition, he is an editor and author of the textbook, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Dentistry, and is finalizing the book’s 4th edition.

Throughout his career, Stefanac has held countless leadership positions across multiple local, state and national organizations. He has been the principal investigator for over $2.3 million in grants benefiting the underserved.

Stefanic is an international presenter, respected leader, published author and advocate for the underserved and has been recognized with multiple awards and honors.

Law Speaker

Photo of Shalina Kumar, smiling

Hon. Shalina D. Kumar '96

In 2021, the Hon. Shalina D. Kumar became the first person of South Asian descent to be nominated for a federal judgeship in Michigan. She was sworn in as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan in December, 2021.

Kumar was appointed to the Oakland County Circuit Court in 2007. She was appointed as Chief Judge by the Michigan Supreme Court in 2018 and reappointed in 2020.

Prior to taking the bench, she was a civil litigator in private practice from 1997 to 2007. 

Kumar is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Federal Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association and the South Asian Bar Association.

Kumar graduated from University of Detroit Mercy's School of Law in 1996 after earning a bachelors degree from the University of Michigan in 1993.

Socials and Staying Connected

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Congratulations, Class of 2022 and GO TITANS!

 

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On the left, a pair of graduates point to the crowd inside of Calihan Hall. On the right, a graduate smiles for the camera next to President Garibaldi.