Come Home Alumni Gala


  • The Detroit Public Schools (DPS), as a system of urban education, was founded on February 17, 1842. Throughout its history, the District has educated millions of city residents within pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school curricula.  ​

    DPS, and now the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) has graduated a multiplicity of students that have become local, statewide, regional, national, and global leaders.  ​

    With the theme of “Come Home,” we will salute those worldwide DPS/DPSCD alumni from closed/open high schools, and now retired or officials within multiple careers, and establish the DPS/DPSCD Hall of Fame for the Detroit Public Schools Community District – Central Office new location at 9026 Woodward Avenue; Detroit., Michigan 48202.

    The Come Home Alumni Hall of Fame Gala & Alumni Weekend is a trademark District event that is a formal attire gala including:

    • Distinguished, first-class alumni dinner
    • Recognition of universal alumni
    • Honor ceremony for prestigious alumni with exceptional awards
    • Paramount set of extraordinary alumni and student performances
    • Development of a pivotal mechanism for DPS/DPSCD alumni associations or groups to adjoin with present District students and establish life-changing educational and career skillsets for our eventual high school graduates of today, yet potential international leaders of tomorrow.

    The Come Home Alumni Hall of Fame Gala & Alumni Weekend is a Detroit-based event with a V.I.P. Reception, Gala, and Afterglow for 500-700 combined District alumni, students, officials, partners, and overall, guests. The Gala is a premier and unparalleled event! We want to provide alumni with the following mandate for the accentuation of DPSCD student matriculation from kindergarten, elementary, middle to high school through enrollment; attendance; academic growth; college & career readiness; and graduation rates.

    53rd Annual ‘An Evening of Fine Arts’ Concert


    The Fox Theatre
    2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
    Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 7 p.m.

    (Doors open at 6 p.m.)


    The tradition returns as Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is hosting its 53rd Annual ‘An Evening of Fine Arts’ at one of the most iconic theaters in the world - The Fox Theatre. This free event highlights and represents the best of the District’s fine and performing arts for the current school year and is presented by 313 Presents, Olympia Development of Michigan, and Comerica Bank, and in partnership with the City of Detroit Office of Arts, Culture & Entrepreneurship (Detroit ACE). The audience will experience performances by the Districts top instrumental music ensembles, vocal music ensembles, dance companies, theatre excerpts, and be able to view original student artwork at the onsite gallery.


    There is no cost, but a ticket is required for entry and may be obtained from participating schools or online. Dress code is business and/or cocktail attire (no denim/jeans)

    Ticket Registration: 

    Download Flyer: DPSCD 53rd 'An Evening of Fine Arts' Flyer

    For more information, visit 


    Alumni Tours, Meet & Greet @ D.A.C.


    Friday 5.20.22; 11am - 3pm
    Alumni School Visits - FREE!
    (Visit Your High School / Visit A School) 


    Friday Alumni “Meet & Greet” Reception @ DAC: $25/person
    Alumni “Meet & Greet” Reception
    Friday, May 20, 2022 from 5pm - 7pm

    Alumni Bike Stroll with Grace Riders!

    Alumni “Meet & Ride” Bike Stroll
    12pm – 3pm

    Hosted by Grace Riders
    Historic African American & Detroit Sites

    Bike Stroll Beginning/Ending Location: Avenue of Fashion - Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221

    The Alumni Meet & Greet Bike Stroll offers participants an opportunity to join an educational tour of historic African American sites using the city’s designated bike lanes and paths. Participants can also opt to drive by sites and learn the history.

    Free Registration:

    Alumni “Taste of Livernois” Block Party
    2pm – 8pm

    Livernois Avenue: Cambridge Avenue to West Outer Drive
    Hosted by: Livernois Avenue of Fashion Business Association / DPSCD

    The Taste of Livernois Block Party, an event spanning one-block of Livernois, allows community to gather in support of local small businesses (restaurants & retail), receive information on DPSCD Enrollment Opportunities, and enjoy live music and entertainment. 

    Free Registration:

    Worship Services with Faith-Based Leaders & Alumni
    Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 10am & 11am


      • Citadel of Praise, Pastor Spencer Ellis; Cass Technical High School


      • Fellowship Chapel, Pastor Wendell Anthony; Central High School


      • Greater Grace Temple, Bishop Charles Ellis III; Mumford High School


      • Holy Ghost Cathedral, Bishop Corletta Vaughn; Cass Technical High School


      • New Destiny Christian Fellowship, Pastor Horace Sheffield III; Cass Technical HS


      • Perfecting Church, Bishop Marvin Winans; Mumford High School


      • Second Ebenezer Church; Bishop Edgar Vann; Mumford High School


      • The Ark Detroit, Pastor Boyd White III; Cass Technical High School


      • Third New Hope Baptist Church; Lead Pastor QuanTez Pressley; Renaissance HS


      • Triumph Church, Senior Pastor Solomon Kinloch Jr.; Northwestern High School


      • Historic Little Rock Baptist Church, Senior Pastor Emeritus Dr. Jim Holley


      • Liberty Temple Baptist Church, Senior Pastor Dr. Steve Bland Jr.



    Free Registration:

    Alumni Hall of Fame Gala
    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    Huntington Place
    1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

    Detroit Alumni, Come Home and celebrate legendary success at Detroit Public Schools Community District's (DPSCD) inaugural Alumni Hall of Fame Gala on Sunday, May 22, 2022! Both DPS and DPSCD alums will have great opportunities to reconnect, honor the past, and celebrate and support the rise of our current students. This black tie event will be co-hosted by Carolyn Clifford, News Anchor, WXYZ  Detroit Channel 7, and Huel Perkins, Former News Anchor Fox 2 Detroit.

    Red Carpet VIP Reception
    4pm – 5pm - Huntington Place

    Alumni Hall of Fame Gala 
    6 p.m. Huntington PlaceGrand Ballroom

    10 P.m. - Huntington Place Grand Ballroom Riverview

    All those who attend will have an unprecedented opportunity to salute and hear from our legendary alumni, enjoy a great meal, and experience outstanding student performances. This is a DPS/DPSCD alumni celebration - let's do our part to help students rise. Detroit, it's time to Come Home, get your tickets today! Hurry - individual tickets, VIP Reception tickets, and table discounted tickets are going fast!!!

    Tickets & Registration: 

    Download Come Home Event Flyer:

    Come Home 2022 Event Flyer 

    All proceeds benefit students of the DPSCD Office of Fine & Performing Arts.