Dear Students,

As you have applied for graduation during either the Fall 2017, Winter or Spring, 2018 academic terms, this guide is for your reference and planning purposes. It contains important information regarding Commencement weekend events to be held on April 27–28, for both you and your guests.

Please review the information it contains, noting the important dates for RSVPs and tasks to complete that pertain to your degree(s), keeping this guide handy for reference. A copy of this guide is also available on our website in the Registrar section.

If all academic degree requirements have been met, your diploma or certificate will be mailed to your address of record approximately six to eight weeks following the successful completion of your final term. Please be sure to keep your address current with the Registrar’s office.

Congratulations on your accomplishment at Sacred Heart Major Seminary and may God bless you!

Sincerely Yours in the Peace of Christ,

David J. Twellman, DMin
Assistant Dean and Registrar

Key Dates and Times

Formal Graduation Photo
Monday, March 12 or Monday, March 19
Degree Candidates only

Ward Library (First-floor, main hallway)
3:30 to 6:30 pm, "drop in"
- no reservation needed, or taken
(AAM, AB, BPhil, MAPS, MA, MDiv, STB, STL)

Pick up Academic Regalia
Caps, Gowns, and Hoods
Degree Candidates only

Registrar's office srarting April 16
No later than April 23

(AAM, AB, BPhil, MAPS, MA, MDiv, STB, STL)

Solemn Vespers/Academic Awards
Degree Candidates only (in regalia)
RSVP no later than April 11 to:
Email: karby.maureen@shms.edu
Phone: 313-883-8545

Friday, April 27
Arrive no later than 4:45 pm (classrooms)
Reception, by invitation only (mailed early April) to those students receiving honors.
You are permited two (2) guests only

Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement
RSVP by April 18 to:
Email: vandyke.juanita@shms.edu
Phone: 313-883-8792

Saturday, April 28
Arrive no later than 10 am (classrooms)
You are permitted four (4) guests only
Reception following ceremonies in the Gymnasium

General Information

Graduation Announcements:

Each graduate receives five (5) announcements as part of the graduation fee. Please pick them up in the Office of the Registrar starting March 5. If you need more than five and did not request them in advance, please email vandyke.juanita@shms.edu to inquire about the availability of additional announcements for $2.00 each. Please note: Announcements are not tickets to any graduation event.

Graduation Attire:

Degree Candidates: Professional attire should be worn underneath academic regalia. (Pick up cap, gown, and hood in the Registrar’s office, no later than April 23). Your regalia will arrive folded and wrinkled. Please arrange for pressing prior to Commencement events.

Candidates for Certificates or Diplomas (CCT) or Basic Diploma (BD in Pastoral Ministry or Music Ministry), Intermediate Diploma in Diaconal Studies (ID), or Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Ministry are to wear professional attire.

All graduates are to proceed to assigned classrooms upon arrival (no later than 10:00 am), at the direction of Commencement Marshals.

Professional Commencement Photographer: (Commencement Day)

The seminary provides a professional photographer for the Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement. Photographs will also include each student receiving his/her diploma cover, as well as group graduating classes. Shortly after graduation, a link will be provided on the seminary website to preview and purchase photos of your choosing.

Please note: After Commencement exercises, you will be asked to closely follow instructions of the Marshals so that group photographs can be accomplished in a timely manner. Please ask your guests to go directly to the gymnasium where you will meet them for a reception immediately after the class photographs have been taken. With everyone's cooperation, you will be reunited with your guests quickly.

Graduation Events

Solemn Vespers and Awards Reception:

(By invitation only; Degree Candidates), Friday, April 27 at 5:15 pm, Solemn Vespers will be held in seminary chapel, followed by a light dinner reception to celebrate degree candidates who have earned academic honors (refer to the 2017-18 Bulletin, p.78 for requirements). Honor cords and a select number of honorary awards will be distributed. The names of the honorees will be announced the week of March 20th. Invitations will be mailed to honorees in early April. You are permitted two (2) guests. RSVP your attendance and guest count to karby.maureen@shms.edu or 313.883.8545 by April 11.

Please arrive no later than 4:45 pm. Wear professional attire and bring your academic regalia for Vespers. Marshals will direct you to assigned classrooms on the first floor. (After Vespers, you may leave your graduation regalia overnight on the coat racks provided in the classrooms for Commencement the next day).

Special Note for Transitional Deacon Graduates (after Vespers): As you will be on the altar for the Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, your academic regalia is to be placed on the hangers provided in the side sacristy (organ side of chapel) on Friday evening. This will allow you to quickly change into your regalia after Holy Mass and be seated with all the graduates for the Commencement Exercises.

Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Exercises:

Saturday, April 28, at 11:00 am: Arrive no later than 10:00 am and proceed to the first floor classrooms with your guests going directly to the Chapel; the Marshals will assist you. There are no tickets for guests, and a limit of four (4) guests per graduate. Seating for family and friends is on a first come basis. RSVP your attendance and guest count to vandyke.juanita@shms.edu or 313.883.8792 by April 18 (even if you do not expect any guests).

Driving Directions

Sacred Heart Major Seminary road map

Sacred Heart Major Seminary is located at 2701 Chicago Blvd., Detroit, MI 48206 between Linwood and Lawton Street, in the heart of the city. The campus is accessible from the Lodge Freeway (MI-10).

From the North via I-75 – Go south on I-75 to westbound Davison to southbound Lodge (MI-10), exit Chicago Blvd., turn right (west) on Chicago Blvd. approx. one mile to Linwood, turn left (south) on Linwood, go 1/2 block and turn right at gate entrance.

From the North via MI-10 - Take South Lodge (MI-10) to Chicago Blvd. Exit, turn right (west) on Chicago Blvd. approx. one mile to Linwood, turn left (south) on Linwood, go 1/2 block and turn right at gate entrance.

From the South - Take I-75 (north) to westbound Jeffries (I-96) to eastbound Ford Freeway (I-94) to northbound Lodge (MI-10), exit at Chicago Blvd., turn left (west) on Chicago Blvd., approx. one mile to Linwood, turn left (south) on Linwood, go 1/2 block and turn right at gate entrance.

From the East - Go west on the Ford Freeway (I-94) to northbound Lodge (MI-10) exit at Chicago Blvd., turn left (west) on Chicago Blvd., approx. one mile to Linwood, turn left (south) on Linwood, go 1/2 block, and turn right at gate entrance.

From the West via I-94 - Go east on the Ford Freeway (I-94) to northbound Lodge (MI-10) exit at Chicago Blvd., turn left (west) on Chicago Blvd., approx. one mile to Linwood, turn left (south) on Linwood, go 1/2 block and turn right at gate entrance.

From the West via I-96 - Go east on the Jeffries (I-96) to eastbound Ford Freeway (I-94) to northbound Lodge (MI-10) exit at Chicago Blvd., turn left (west) on Chicago Blvd., approx. one mile to Linwood, turn left (south) on Linwood, go 1/2 block and turn right at gate entrance.