General Information

Calihan Hall (McNichols Campus) & Fisher Fountain, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The School of Dentistry’s Commencement Ceremony will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015 in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus. Students, dignitaries, and faculty are expected to arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. to the designated rooms in the Ford Life Sciences Building listed below. A reception hosted by the Alumni Association will be held at the Fisher Fountain immediately following the ceremony.

  • Students - Room 113
  • Dignitaries - Room 116
  • Faculty - Room 115

If you have any questions or concerns regarding commencement, feel free to contact Ms. Dana Hart at (313) 494-6621 or  Questions regarding regalia (caps and gowns) should be directed to Ms. Lauri Moore at (313) 494-6620 or

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Graduation Fair

Date and Time: February 23 & 24, 2015 11:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

All prospective graduates are invited to stop by the Special Functions Room for information regarding ordering regalia, announcements, class rings, diplomas, frames etc. from our vendor.


Pre-Commencement Preparation

Caps, Gowns, & Tassels

Caps, gowns, hoods, and tassels can only be ordered online through April 5, 2015. The website for placing an order can be found at:

Prices vary by degree. Bachelor $42.00, Masters/Specialist $68.50, and Doctoral $68.50. There is a standard shipping rate of $15 within the US plus sales tax.  Regalia will not be distributed at the university. 

Your cap and gown will be shipped directly to you. Your cap and gown will arrive 2-3 weeks prior to commencement. If you are ordering after April 5th, please call 1-800-879-8143 to place a RUSH order. Rush orders will incur a $50 special handling charge. The LAST DAY to place a RUSH ORDER is April 17, 2015.

No orders will be accepted after April 17, 2015.


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 1200+ graduates, faculty, and guests, depending on the weather, it may be warm. Since you will be standing in line and marching both in and out-of-doors 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/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.

Guest Tickets/Seating

No tickets are required for the ceremony.  Please rememberthat seating is on a first come, first served basis, and once Calihan Hall is at capacity, no more guests will be admitted. 

Seating for Disabled Persons

Guest seating is on the main floor behind the graduates and overflow will be directed 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.


Share a copy of the McNichols Campus Map (pdf)  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. 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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Marriott's Fairfield Inn
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Graduation Mass (Baccalaureate Mass)

Saturday, May 9, 2015


Graduation Mass is an integral part of the Commencement activities and candidates and guests of all faiths are invited to join this religious service thanking God for His blessings and praying for our future.  Immediate family are invited and encouraged to attend. No tickets or reservations are required

The Baccalaureate service, a long-standing tradition* in university commencements, is a religious service celebrated in conjunction with graduation. In accord with UDM’s Catholic tradition, our Baccalaureate service is a Mass, and is considered an integral part of the Commencement activities. Candidates and guests of all faiths are invited to join together in this religious service. It is a time to thank God for blessings received, and to pray for our future. Immediate family are invited and encouraged to attend. No tickets or reservations are required.

Location & Parking

The Mass takes place in Gesu Church (17180 Oak Drive, Detroit), located one block north of McNichols Campus on Santa Maria between Quincy and Oak Drive. Limited parking is available near the church, but all are encouraged instead to park in the university lots and walk the short distance to the church.


The Graduates are asked to assemble outside Gesu Church promptly at 9:30 a.m., in cap and gown. If you are interested in volunteering to take an active role in the ceremony – such as reading, being a communion minister, or singing in the choir – please download an application form and return it to the University Ministry office.

Family & Guests

Go directly into the Church, where you will be seated by the Ushers. The procession begins at 10:00 a.m., so be sure to arrive sometime before that. No photography is permitted during the service.


You are encouraged to participate. Academic regalia is worn for this occasion. Faculty assemble outside the church no later than 9:30 a.m.


Employees are needed to serve as ushers, communion ministers, and singers. Please volunteer by contacting University Ministry. Any concerns or questions? Please call 313-993-1560, or stop by the Ministry office, located in the Student Union across from the Bookstore.


The Baccalaureate Mass is a tradition that dates back to 1432. The word Baccalaureate is from the Latin bacca, berries, and lauri, laurel. The word Baccalaureatus was then used to describe the laurel wreath given at commencements. According to tradition, students graduating from Oxford University were required, as their final test, to give a sermon in Latin to graduate. This practice was adopted into Catholic tradition and now the Baccalaureate Mass is a large component of most Catholic graduation ceremonies. Source:

Graduation Day

Friday, May 8, 2015

Room Assignments


Candidates must be present in assigned room no later than 8:30 a.m.

Buildings will be locked during the ceremony.













8:00 a.m.         Calihan Hall Opens

8:30 a.m.         Candidates, Dignitaries, and Faculty Report To Designated Areas

8:50 a.m.         Line-up Begins

9:10 a.m.         Students Process to Calihan Hall

9:15 a.m.         Procession Arrives at Calihan Hall

9:30 a.m.         Commencement Begins

11:00 p.m.       Commencement Ends - Recessional to Student Center Steps for Photo

                       Alumni Reception/Brunch - Fitness Center


Candidates must be present in their assigned assembly rooms by 8:30 a.m. (See Room Assignments)

Caps & Gowns

Inside your cap there is a "front" designation. Wear your tassel on the right side of your cap. You will be instructed during the ceremony when to change it to the left.  Regarding your hood, please follow the package directions. Consult your Faculty Marshals with any questions.

Seat Assignment and Announcer Card

IMPORTANT: Individualized 3x5" index cards will be distributed to each candidate during the processional lineup. Typed on each card are the candidate's name, phonetic pronunciation, and seat number. The sequence follows the seating chart and Commencement Program. Keep this card with you at all times and present to the Dean. If the card is not presented to the Dean, your name will not be read.

Processional Lineup

Follow the specific instruction of your Faculty Marshals. Candidates will form double columns. If your partner is a no show, march alone.

Candidate Seating

In Calihan Hall, follow your Marshal's instructions and proceed to your numbered seat and remain standing. Leave seats empty for absent candidates. Seating is arranged alphabetically and serves to help your guests, if they are following the Program, to know when you will be awarded your degree.

Once the platform party is in place, the Ceremony will begin. Throughout the Ceremony, listen to the Grand Marshal's instructions. If your guests are interested in the general area where you will be sitting on the arena floor, have them review the seating diagram posted near the northeast entrance of Calihan Hall.

Commencement Ceremony

Commencement is a formal event that provides public recognition of your academic achievement. The Ceremony will last approximately two hours. Participants are to remain in the hall for the duration of the program.


The Commencement Committee asks that you and your guests please show proper respect for the Ceremony and the other candidates by adhering to the following:

  • Remain quiet and dignified during the Ceremony. Shouting between balcony guests and floor candidates is disrespectful and disruptive.
  • Cellular/mobile phones/pagers should be turned off during the entire ceremony.
  • Bottles, cups or cans will not be allowed in the processional or into the arena.
  • Those with alcoholic beverages are subject to removal from the Procession and Ceremony.
  • Candidates are expected to remain in their seats and stay for the entire Ceremony.
  • Due to risk of injury, caps should not be thrown in the air.

Although celebration by graduates and guests is appropriate, air horns, balloons, screaming, banners, etc. are not. At the Presentation of Degrees, so that each graduate's name may be heard, please ask your guests to refrain from prolonged expressions of joy when your name is read.

The ceremony in Calihan is expected to last about one and a half hours. To add dignity to the event, all candidates/graduates are to remain in their position throughout the event. Restroom facilities are located in the hall to the left of the door you used to enter the arena.


For program details, review the Commencement Program which will be on your seat in Calihan Hall.

Conferring of Degrees

This is the most important and solemn part of the Ceremony. After the Doctoral Degrees have been conferred, the Grand Marshal will ask, in turn, each college/school candidates to rise. Stand in place. The Dean will then recommend to the President that the degrees be conferred. The President will comply. After all of the degrees have been conferred, the Grand Marshal will then direct all of the graduates at once to change their tassels from the right to the left side of their caps.

Awarding of Degree

Follow Marshals' directions. Present your name card to the Dean. When your name is read, proceed to the President. Receive your “mock diploma” with your left hand and shake hands with the President with your right hand. You will be photographed a second time at this point. Proceed down the last aisle to the rear of the arena and then back to your seat via the same aisle used in the processional.


The Recessional will be orderly and dignified. Follow the Marshal's directions. Graduates will recess out of Calihan Hall to the steps of the Student Center for a photo before disbanding to the Fitness Center for the reception.


Plan to meet your guests at the Reception in the Fitness Center. Light refreshments will be served. This reception is sponsored by the Alumni Association.


To expedite campus egress after the Commencement, all vehicles exiting the McNichols Gate will be required to make a right turn. Please advise your guests.

Contact Information

For Further Information Regarding:

Graduation Requirements

School of Dentistry Registrar’s Office - (313) 494-6616

Cap & Gown

If you have questions beyond what is covered on this web site, contact Ms. Lauri Moore at (313) 494-6620.

Guest Hooders and Pinners

Office of the Dean - (313) 494-6621 

Graduation Day

If you have questions beyond what is covered on this web site, contact the Office of the Dean at (313) 494-6621. 

Graduation/Baccalaureate Mass

Campus Ministry - (313) 993-1560

Interpretation for the Deaf

Call by April 30 - (313) 578-0310