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“Let’s start with my father, William J. Giovan, Sr., a dentist. He told me once that he had made a generous contribution toward the construction of the Alumni Memorial Building, now known as Callahan Hall, because he never would have become a dentist, but for the University of Detroit Dental School, which was established just in time for him to be able to attend. He was a member of its first graduating class in 1935.

When I myself started as an undergraduate in 1954, similarly, it was the only affordable Catholic University I could attend. Besides giving me a quality education, U of D gave me the opportunity to participate in several extracurricular activities, and I spent all four years as a member of the fencing team, the U of D Players, and the debate team. I’m sure that all those facilities wouldn’t have been available to me at a smaller school, and I expect that the competition would have been a hindrance in a larger one.

I went on to a more or less successful career in the law. I doubt that all of this would have been possible had I gone to school elsewhere.”

—The Hon. William Giovan, Jr. ’58, College of Liberal Arts & Education

Tell us your Detroit Mercy Story!

Kathleen (Nacy) Stasys ’69 was one of many alumni who visited the Detroit Mercy videobooth at Homecoming to talk about what the University means to them. Click here to see what she had to say. Her name was drawn at random from those who participated to win a basket of Detroit …