Commencement

Get Excited, Class of 2024!

Graduates smile and celebrate wearing ϲʲͼ robes inside of Calihan Hall.

Last year's  and replays of the .

First Destination Survey

Graduating class of 2024,

ϲʲͼ Mercy’s Center for Career & Professional Development requests your assistance in helping to identify trends in the employment, continuing education, and earning potential of our graduates. Please take 5-10 minutes to complete the .

The responses you provide are strictly confidential and are used by your college/school to assess student outcomes. If you are still seeking employment contact the Center for Career & Professional Development for job search assistance at 313-993-1017 or careerlink@udmercy.edu.

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  • Request for Volunteers

    We are looking for volunteers to join us for one of the happiest and most exciting days of the academic year: Commencement Day! Positions include greeter, set-up support, golf cart driver, and many other ways of creating memorable experiences for graduates. 

    Time commitment varies between 1.5 to all day. Volunteer for one shift or more! Lunch is provided.

     

Commencement Speakers

Undergrad, Graduate Ceremony

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

A native ϲʲͼer, 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 ϲʲͼ 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 ϲʲͼ 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.

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Congratulations, Class of 2024 and GO TITANS!