Mount Mercy University’s two highest awards for graduates were presented during the 2014 commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18, at the U.S. Cellular Center. Aaron Lacy, a biology major from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the Mary Catherine McAuley Award. This is the highest honor given to a student who has attended Mount Mercy for four years. Keva Fawkes, a fine arts major from Inagua, Bahamas, received the Mary Frances Warde Award, the highest honor given to a student who transferred to Mount Mercy.
For the first time ever, the women’s soccer team received the prestigious President’s Award during Honors Convocation on Saturday, May 17. The President’s Award is bestowed in recognition of outstanding perseverance and diligence in pursuing goals.
Nearly 530 students graduated from Mount Mercy this spring, with 420 students completing undergraduate studies and 104 students completing graduate studies.
Michael Kutcher, 2002 Mount Mercy alumni and advocate for people with disabilities, served as the commencement speaker during the ceremony. Kim Moorman, a finance and management major from Coggan, Iowa, was the student speaker.
Aaron Lacy received the Mary Catherine McAuley Award, which is presented to the graduate who, in addition to a high scholastic ranking of a 3.0 or above, has exemplified to a marked degree cooperation with administration, faculty and students; integrity in his/her personal relationships; and leadership and loyalty in furthering the ideals of Mount Mercy. The award is named for Catherine McAuley, who founded the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland in 1831.
During Aaron’s four years on Mount Mercy’s campus he has been midfielder for men’s soccer and a member of men’s track. He was an active member of the Student Government Association and held the role of president. He was a student ambassador, member of the Science Club, STEPS, and Emerging Leaders.
Aaron has been accepted into the medical program at the University of Iowa. He hopes to pursue a career as a doctor.
Keva Fawkes received the Mary Frances Warde Award, the highest honor given to a student who transferred into Mount Mercy and has acquired a minimum of 30 credit hours at the university. The award is conferred upon the graduate who, in addition to a high scholastic rating (3.0 or above), has exemplified to a marked degree cooperation with administration, faculty, and students; integrating in his/her personal relationships; and leadership and loyalty in furthering the ideals of Mount Mercy. The award is named for Mary Frances Warde, who founded the Sisters of Mercy in America in 1843.
Keva transferred to Mount Mercy from the College of the Bahamas. During her time on campus, she was involved in Art Club, the Paha Review, and senior art exhibition. She was one of three seniors involved in creating a ceramic display to embrace the service of nursing through the eyes of art. The display hangs in Donnelly 223 where faculty meet with prospective nursing students.
After graduation Keva will attend the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History for her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree as a graduate student in ceramics.
The women’s soccer team received the President’s Award during Mount Mercy’s Honors Convocation on Saturday, May 17. The President’s Award is given in recognition of outstanding perseverance and diligence in pursuit of goals. This year marks the first time a group of students have been honored for coming together during a time of devastating grief.
In the summer of 2013, the Mount Mercy community lost friend, biology student and soccer player Haley Rinaldi in a tragic boating accident at the Ruedi Reservoir in Colorado. Her passing was sudden and deeply heartbreaking for her family, friends and teammates.
“Together, they pushed through the downs knowing that there would be ups ahead,” said Head Women’s Soccer Coach Raven McMurrin. “In that faith, they moved forward – always together. When each suffered or felt hopeless, they all surrounded each other with love and support knowing that together they could overcome anything.”
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