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Commencement marks an important passage in every student’s academic journey—from student to graduate and now a lifelong Mount Mercy alum. Please join in celebrating our graduates’ hard work and success!

2020 Virtual Commencement

Due to COVID-19, Mount Mercy University held virtual ceremonies on the same days/times as originally scheduled. While we wish we could have celebrated our Class of 2020 in person, we thank you for sharing these special events virtually with our graduates. 

An on-campus graduation celebration will be scheduled during Homecoming & Alumni Reunion Weekend, September 25-27, 2020. More details to follow. 

Caps & Gowns

Mount Mercy partners with Herff-Jones to provide caps, gowns, announcements, and mementos. To make life easier during COVID-19, Herff-Jones has offered the following options:

Frequently Asked Questions

All degrees are formally conferred during the virtual Commencement ceremony—also known as graduation. During the ceremony, the provost formally presents the candidates who have been approved by the Registrar's Office. (See Apply for Graduation tab.) The president then confers the degrees and admits new graduates to their degree’s "rights and responsibilities." Each student is then presented with a symbolic diploma from the president.
All degree candidates (bachelor's, master's, and doctoral) are encouraged to participate in the virtual Commencement ceremony, including those who earned their degree at the end of the fall and winter terms.

Students on track to graduate during the summer semester are invited to participate, however, their diplomas will not be available until they have successfully completed all classes.

All students planning to participate in Commencement must:

  • Apply for graduation through the Office of the Registrar
  • Meet financial obligations by 12 PM the Thursday before Commencement to receive your diploma and get your official transcripts

Diplomas will be mailed following graduation. Questions? Contact or 319-363-1323 x1584.