Preparation to Graduate

Detroit Mercy graduates cheering and celebrating outdoors on the McNichols Campus.

Commencement is a day to remember for graduates, parents, friends and the entire Detroit Mercy community. To make the day go as planned, it’s important to have the right preparation for you and your guests.

To help you prepare, be sure to check out the information here on the Grad Salute in March, caps and gowns, parking, and local hotels.

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    Baccalaureate Mass

    Date: May 14, 2022

    Baccalaureate Mass is an integral part of the Commencement activities. Candidates and guests of all faiths are invited to join this Catholic Mass thanking God for our blessings and praying for the future.

    Mass for all three campuses — Dental, Law and McNichols — begins at 11:15 a.m. at Gesu Catholic Church, located one block north of the McNichols Campus on Santa Maria between Quincy and Oak Drive (see campus map).

    All Professional, Graduate and Undergraduate candidates should meet outside of the church's main entrance at 10:45 a.m. wearing cap and gown for the processional into church.

    If you would like to volunteer or take part in planning, please contact Anna Lawler, University Minister for Faith Formation, at

    All interested attendees of Mass are asked to register in advance: Register for Mass


    Caps and gowns

    Caps, gowns, and tassels (and stoles for bachelor degrees and hoods for master, specialist and doctoral candidates) can only be ordered online. The website for placing an order can be found at

    Prices vary by degree. Bachelor $45.00, Masters/Specialist $52.50 and Doctoral $77.50. There is a standard shipping and handling rate of $12.95 within the U.S. plus sales tax. Caps and gowns will not be distributed at the University.

    Your cap & gown (and stole or hood) will be shipped directly to you. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.

    The last day for regular online orders is Tuesday, April 19, 2022. For orders between April 20-30, a RUSH order can be placed. which will incur a RUSH $50 expedited charge in addition to the regular shipping fee. Saturday, April 30, 2022 is the LAST day to place a rush order.

    No orders will be accepted after April 30, 2022


    Commencement is a formal academic ceremony. Only approved academic regalia can be worn. Although Calihan Hall is not air-conditioned, fans will be used to circulate the air. Dress accordingly. With thousands of graduates, faculty and guests, depending on the weather, it may be warm. Because you will be standing in line and marching both inside and outdoors for over an hour, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Gown decoration is strictly limited to University, college and school honor regalia. A listing of the approved items may be obtained from your college or school office or the Office of the Registrar. Caps should not contain adornments or messages. Candidates whose caps and gowns do not comply with the academic standards will not be permitted into the arena. You may not wear a cap and gown from another institution. All bachelor degree candidates will be wearing a Detroit Mercy stole with their cap and gown. These can be purchased separately online, if you already own a cap and gown.

    Cap and Gown Tassel and Hood Colors for Degree Majors

    Regalia Tassel information
    Degree Tassel /Hood Color
    Bachelor Degree Majors Tassel Color
    Accounting Golden Yellow
    Addiction Studies Golden Yellow
    Architectural Engineering Orange
    Architecture Blue-Violet
    Biochemistry Golden Yellow
    Biology Golden Yellow
    Business Administration Drab
    Chemistry Golden Yellow
    Civil Engineering Orange
    Civil and Environmental Engineering Orange
    Communication Studies White
    Computer Science Golden Yellow
    Criminal Justice Golden Yellow
    Developmental Psychology White
    Digital Media Studies White
    Economics White
    Electrical Engineering Orange
    Elementary Education Light Blue
    Engineering Orange
    English White
    Environmental Engineering Orange
    Financial Economics White
    Health Information Management Golden Yellow
    Health Services Golden Yellow
    Health Services Administration Golden Yellow
    History White
    Industrial/Organizational Psychology White
    Legal Administration White
    Liberal Studies White
    Mathematics Golden Yellow (BS) or White (BA)
    Mechanical Engineering Orange
    Nursing Apricot
    Philosophy White
    Political Science White
    Psychology White
    Robotics and Mechatronic Systems Engineering Orange
    Religious Studies White
    Social Studies Education Light Blue
    Social Work Citron
    Sociology White
    Software Engineering Golden Yellow
    Software Production and Management Golden Yellow
    Special Education — Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered Light Blue
    Special Education — Learning Disabled Light Blue
    Theater White
    Master Degree Majors Tassel and Hood Color
    Addiction Counseling White
    Architecture Blue-Violet
    Business Administration Drab
    Chemistry Golden Yellow
    Civil and Environmental Engineering Orange
    Clinical Mental Health Counseling White
    Clinical Nurse Leader Apricot
    Clinical Psychology White
    Community Counseling White
    Community Development White
    Computer Science Golden Yellow
    Criminal Justice White
    Curriculum and Instruction Light Blue
    Economics Copper
    Educational Administration Light Blue
    Electrical and Computer Engineering Orange
    Elementary Education Light Blue
    Engineering Management Orange
    Family Nurse Practitioner Apricot
    Financial Economics Copper
    Health Services Administration Golden Yellow
    Health Systems Management Apricot
    Industrial/Organizational Psychology White
    Information Assurance Golden Yellow
    Intelligence Analysis Golden Yellow
    Liberal Studies White
    Mechanical Engineering Orange
    Nurse Anesthesiology Golden Yellow
    Nursing Education Apricot
    Physician Assistant Golden Yellow
    Product Development Golden Yellow
    Religious Studies White
    School Counseling Light Blue
    School Psychology White
    Security Administration Golden Yellow
    Software Engineering Golden Yellow
    Software Management Golden Yellow
    Special Education — Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered Light Blue
    Special Education — Learning Disabled Light Blue
    Teaching of Mathematics Light Blue
    Specialist Degree Majors Tassel and Hood Color
    School Psychology White
    Doctoral Degree Majors Tassel and Hood Color
    Civil and Environmental Engineering Orange
    Clinical Psychology Dark Blue
    Electrical Engineering Orange
    Mechanical Engineering Orange
    Nursing Practice Apricot

    Graduate Salute

    Date: March 17, 2022

    All prospective graduates are invited to stop by the Graduate Salute which will be held in the Student Fitness Center on the  McNichols Campus from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Representatives from from the following departments will be available to answer questions and provide information to candidates for graduation:

    • Center for Career and Professional Development
    • College of Business Administration
    • College of Engineering & Science
    • College of Health Professions and McAuley School of Nursing
    • Student Accounting Office
    • Office of the Registrar
    • Office of Financial Aid
    • Graduate Admissions Office
    • Alumni Office
    • University Ministry

    Candidates will also have the opportunity to order their cap and gown online, purchase class rings, graduation announcements/invitations or have a graduation picture taken from the commencement photographers at the Grad Salute.


    Guest ticketing and Calihan Hall seating

    Guest Tickets

    Graduates are asked to limit the number of guests for Commencement to six. Tickets are not required for the ceremony.

    Seating for Disabled Persons

    Guest seating is restricted to the upper arena which is accessible only by stairs. A limited number of seats for disabled persons are available on the main floor. Only one family member is permitted to sit with those who require disabled seating. Escorted entry is through the northeast arena door only. Seats are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Strollers will not be accommodated in the disabled seating area.


    Honors and Diploma

    Latin Honors

    Graduates who have compiled superior academic records during their undergraduate program at Detroit Mercy will have one of the following honors inscribed on their diploma and recorded on their permanent academic transcript: cum laude (3.50 GPA minimum), magna cum laude (3.70 GPA minimum), summa cum laude (3.90 GPA minimum). All coursework in the cumulative GPA at Detroit Mercy is used in the calculation for honors. Transfer students must complete at least 60 hours at Detroit Mercy to be eligible for honors recognition.

    The responsibility for determining appropriate academic honors rests with the individual colleges and schools. Candidates enrolled in the Honors Program, who have completed the established requirements of the program, will have honors suitably inscribed as part of their degree name on their diploma.

    Candidates expected to complete their degrees in Summer 2022 will not have honors read at Commencement because coursework is incomplete and final GPA is not yet determined. Honors information cannot be altered on Commencement Day. Please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for information. There are no cords worn at commencement for those receiving Latin honors.


    If all degree requirements have been met, financial balances including the graduation fee have been paid and the diploma order processed, you may be eligible to receive your diploma on the day of the Commencement Ceremony from your Dean's Office. Diplomas are not distributed during the Commencement Ceremony. Please contact your college for more information pertaining to the pick-up or mailing of your diploma.


    Two Degrees at one ceremony

    If you are receiving two degrees at one ceremony, special arrangements need to be made, especially if those degrees are from two different colleges or schools. Please contact the Registrar's Office no later than April 30th to discuss options for participation with the Registrar.


    Locations and Parking


    Share a copy of the McNichols Campus Map with your guests so that they may familiarize themselves with the campus, its facilities and parking areas.

    You may also wish to see the Driving Directions page.


    Parking will be crowded and campus traffic will be heavy. Please allow extra time and car pool.

    Handicapped parking, in front of Calihan Hall, is limited and restricted to those with valid handicapped stickers or license plates.


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