Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker | Michael Kutcher '02

When Michael Kutcher ‘02 graduated from Mount Mercy with degrees in management and finance, he didn’t plan on a career in public speaking.  After an eye-opening encounter with a five-year-old living with pronounced cerebral palsy – a condition Kutcher shares in mild form – Michael decided to let life lead him toward his true calling: motivational speaking.

He engaged in his first public speaking opportunity at a nonprofit gala in 2009, and today he diligently advocates for people with disabilities. Whether through his national lobbying efforts or via his influential lectures, Michael exemplifies the university’s mission by working for the betterment of all communities.

“Mount Mercy selected Michael as 2014 commencement speaker because of his personal courage and inspirational message,” said President Laurie Hamen. “His work parallels our ministry and mission. Michael is a perfect example of the powerful impacts our alumni have on the common good.”

"We all are faced with obstacles in life,” Kutcher stated, “but it's our individual responsibility to overcome them."

Commencement will be held May 18, 2014 and graduates are sure to walk away carrying a renewed sense of purpose thanks to Michael Kutcher’s motivation.