Graduation is arguably the best time in any student’s educational experience. It’s not so much a “finish” line as it is a “starting point”; not so much a door that’s closing but one that’s standing wide open. The beginning of any student’s college career may be exciting and challenging, but that moment when the hard won diploma is handed to him or her has got to be the most meaningful. Even sitting in that mass of gowned graduates waiting for a turn to walk across that stage is worth the necessary patience expressed on that amazing day.
A lot of the students waiting during Commencement sit with this anticipation while holding a Commencement booklet. As they wait, this booklet can get perused or thumbed through several times. It almost seems part of the ceremony. It can get rolled up, crushed, stepped on, dog-eared, even tossed aside. And years later, this one booklet can trigger so many memories of that day.
As we have in the years since the University of Detroit Mercy, the University of Detroit, and all the way back to Detroit College, has been holding Commencement ceremonies, the university has issued Commencement booklets. Our digital archives now makes these available to you. Now, not only can you trigger memories from your own graduation by reviewing the booklet from that year, but you can also access the booklet available when your parents graduated or your grandparents or your distant cousin or great grandparent. It’s even kind of fun to watch the changes these booklets have gone through over time.
And speaking of time … we’ve just released the 2015 Commencement booklet in digital format for you. Take a look when the dust of this year’s graduation has finally settled and you’re ready to relive this wonderful day.