Mount Mercy University will hold commencement exercises on Sunday, May 18, at 1:00 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Cedar Rapids. Mount Mercy will graduate 420 undergraduate students and 104 students in graduate programs. Michael Kutcher, motivational speaker and advocate will serve as the commencement speaker.
When Kutcher graduated from Mount Mercy with degrees in management and finance in 2002, 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.
A schedule of commencement activities at Mount Mercy includes:
Thursday, May 15
5:30 p.m., Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall
Friday, May 16
Graduate Degree Hooding Ceremony
7:00 p.m., Hennessey Recreation Center
Saturday, May 17
2:00 p.m., Chapel of Mercy, Busse Center
Nursing Pinning Ceremony
4:00 p.m., Hennessey Recreation Center
Sunday, May 18
9:00 a.m., Chapel of Mercy, Busse Center
1:00 p.m., UC Cellular Center
3:30 p.m., Mount Mercy University campus
For more information on Mount Mercy’s commencement activities, please visit: www.mtmercy.edu/commencement.