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University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will hold its 104th annual commencement ceremony on Friday, May 12, at 5 p.m. at Calihan Hall on the University’s McNichols Campus.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Denise Page Hood, Eastern District of Michigan, will deliver the commencement speech. Appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., Hood currently serves on the Criminal Rules Advisory Committee of the United States Judicial Conference. She also serves on the Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions Committee for the Sixth Circuit. She is the Chair of the Pro Bono Committee, Co-Chair of the Ad Hoc Jury Committee, and serves on various other committees of the U.S. District Court. Hood is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School.

Five members of the Class of 1967 will lead the commencement procession as golden jubilee anniversary graduates. The Motor City Brass will accompany graduates Clare Sawicki and Ryan VanOver as they perform the national anthems of Canada and the United States, respectively. Detroit Mercy Law Dean Phyllis L. Crocker and University President Antoine M. Garibaldi will offer remarks, as will graduate Michael Valenti, who was selected by his classmates to speak on their behalf. Graduate Vivian Ntiri will lead the Prayer Inspired by St. Thomas More. Edward Lennon (’88), President of the Detroit Mercy Law Alumni Association, will close the ceremony by welcoming the Class of 2017 to the Alumni Association.

The Class of 2017 and their families will join the Detroit Mercy Law faculty and administration to celebrate the School’s Baccalaureate Mass on Thursday, May 11, at 5 p.m. The mass will be held at Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church, adjacent to the School of Law. Members of all faiths and traditions are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Rev. Gilbert Sunghera, associate professor of Architecture at Detroit Mercy, will preside.

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