Commencement

Congratulations, Class of 2024!

Photos of three graduates during commencement ceremonies inside of Calihan Hall wearing robes and caps.

Congratulations to the Class of 2024!

Titans, full replays of the Commencement ceremonies can be found .

for a full array of photos from each of the ceremonies, as well as the Multicultural Graduation and other ceremonies.

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Graduate Ceremony

Undergraduate Ceremony

School of Dentistry Ceremony

School of Law Ceremony

Commencement Programs

McNichols Ceremonies

A cover for ┴¨║¤▓╩▓╩═╝ Commencement 2024, with additional text reading Saturday, May 11, Calihan Hall, McNichols Campus. The red and blue program also features the UDM crest.

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Dental Ceremony

A program cover for the ┴¨║¤▓╩▓╩═╝ School of Dentistry 2024 Commencement featuring the UDM crest.

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Law Ceremony

┴¨║¤▓╩▓╩═╝ Law 2024 Commencement program featuring the UDM crest on a red and blue cover.

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Class of 2024 Profiles

Maria Latorre Sanchez '24

A portrait of Maria Latorre Sanchez. Meet the Class of '24: ┴¨║¤▓╩▓╩═╝ Mercy Dental grad Maria Latorre Sanchez says, “It’s not about what happens to you, it’s about how fast you get up.” Latorre Sanchez came to ┴¨║¤▓╩▓╩═╝ to follow her dream of becoming a dentist. In addition, she found a close-knit community that supported her during the hardest time of her life and helped her to dream bigger.

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Afsana Uddin '16, '22, '24

A photo of Afsana Uddin. Meet the Class of '24: Afsana Uddin has been attending classes at ┴¨║¤▓╩▓╩═╝ since 2012. But it was the service learning programs that truly inspired her and helped her see that good health starts long before a person needs a doctor.

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Kevin Lynch '24

Kevin Lynch in 'million-dollar' court room in Federal District Court for Eastern District of Michigan. Meet the Class of '24: Being a lawyer is in Kevin Lynch’s blood. After nearly a decade working in human resources, he made the decision to become the latest member of his family to attend law school. His ┴¨║¤▓╩▓╩═╝ Mercy Law experience and all that has come from it has been beyond his wildest dreams.

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MacKenzie Patterson '24

MacKenzie Patterson stands and smiles inside of St. Ignatius Chapel with the sun shining in.
Meet the Class of '24: MacKenzie Patterson's dream of becoming a doctor took shape at 11 years old after watching the great care doctors provided her mother. Patterson, one of the Class of 2024 Valedictorians, will graduate with a Biology degree and is preparing for the next step in her educational journey: Medical school.

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Iryna Olkhovetska '24

Iryna╠řOlkhovetska stands next to her painting of yellow and blue flowers. Meet the Class of '24: Iryna Olkhovetska made the difficult decision with her family to leave their home in Ukraine and move to the United States in search of a brighter future six years ago. Today, she is proud to be an American citizen, embracing her identity as both a Ukrainian and American and striving to honor her roots while building a future in the land of opportunity.  

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Jacob Yasso '24

Jacob Yasso stands smiling in a suit next to a ┴¨║¤▓╩▓╩═╝ Mercy backdrop. Meet the Class of '24: Jacob Yasso felt supported by the University from the moment an Admissions counselor visited his high school during senior year. The Political Science, Pre-Law graduate became a campus leader during his four years as a Titan and will be the first in his family to graduate college May 11.

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Nisha Miah '24

Meet the Class of '24: Nisha Miah's tumultuous upbringing has led her to a deep sense of empathy for people and has shaped who she is today. When she read ┴¨║¤▓╩▓╩═╝'s  mission statement and vision during her college search, she knew it was where she needed to be.

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Erin Letourneau '24

Erin Letourneau poses for a photo behind a table filled with books. Meet the Class of '24: Erin Letourneau's college journey is not just one of academic excellence, it’s a testament to her relentless pursuit of personal growth and community engagement, shaping her into an influential leader within the campus community.

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Commencement Maps

Friday's Ceremonies

A Friday map for the McNichols commencement ceremonies at ┴¨║¤▓╩▓╩═╝ Mercy.

Saturday's Ceremonies

A Saturday map for the McNichols commencement ceremonies at ┴¨║¤▓╩▓╩═╝ Mercy.

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Commencement Speakers

Undergrad, Graduate Ceremony

Marlena Peleo-Lazar ’72, chief creative officer (Ret.), McDonald’s Corporation

A native ┴¨║¤▓╩▓╩═╝er, Peleo-Lazar graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Media Studies. She started her career in Chicago working for two legendary ad agencies — Leo Burnett and Ogilvy & Mather — where she led creative advertising for several world-class brands.

It was at McDonald’s Corporation where she was the architect of a three-word global advertising campaign that captured the imagination of the world: “I’m lovin’ it.” McDonald’s customers around the world loved it, too, and it remains the most award-winning and business-building campaign in the fast food giant’s history.

Peleo-Lazar also puts her skills to good use promoting good causes such as Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Institute for Therapy through the Arts and The Auditorium Theatre of Chicago among many others.

School of Dentistry Ceremony

William Chase, D.D.S. ’72

Throughout his career, Chase has exemplified the true essence of service. From his early days volunteering with the ┴¨║¤▓╩▓╩═╝ Dental Clinic Club to his transformative experiences treating refugees in Palawan, he has dedicated himself to humanitarian causes. Over 25 years, spanning 13 missions, Chase provided dental care to thousands, often funding these endeavors himself.

Although many of Chase’s volunteer and humanitarian efforts took him overseas where he treated over 10,000 patients, he has spent a considerable amount of time serving at home. He has held several leadership positions within organized dentistry, including having been president of the Michigan Dental Association. The organization closest to his heart is Rotary International of which he has been a recognized leader for the past 50 years.

School of Law Ceremony

Victoria A. Roberts, U.S. District Judge

After being appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1998, Roberts has served as a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. Prior to that, Roberts was in private practice and served as the managing partner of the ┴¨║¤▓╩▓╩═╝ law firm of Goodman, Eden, Millender & Bedrosian. She also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan.

Roberts is the only Black female to serve as president of the State Bar of Michigan. An author, teacher and lecturer, she has traveled around the world to train lawyers and judges and has taught future lawyers at University of Michigan Law.

Her many honors include the two highest conferred by the State Bar of Michigan — The Roberts P. Hudson Award and the Champion of Justice Award.

Socials and Staying Connected

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