All degrees are formally conferred during the Commencement Ceremony—also known as graduation. During the ceremony, the Provost formally presents to the University President the candidates whom have been approved by the Registrar's Office. (Apply for graduation here.) The President then confers the degrees and admits new graduates to all their degree’s “rights and responsibilities.” Each student is then presented with a symbolic diploma from the President.
All bachelor's and master's degree candidates are encouraged to participate in the 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, these students' diplomas will not be available until they have successfully completed all classes.
Tickets are not required and there is no limit to the number of guests you may bring.
The Mary Frances Warde Award is the highest honor given to a student who transferred to Mount Mercy and acquired a minimum of 30 credit hours at the university. This award is given to a graduate who, in addition to high scholastic achievement (3.0 GPA or higher), has exemplified meaningful collaboration with administration, faculty, and students; integrity in his/her personal relationships; and leadership and loyalty in furthering the ideals of Mount Mercy. This award is named for Mary Frances Warde, who founded the Sisters of Mercy in America in 1843.
The Mary Catherine McAuley Award is given to a graduate who, in addition to high scholastic achievement (3.0 GPA or higher), attended MMU for all four years of undergraduate studies, and has exemplified meaningful collaboration with administration, faculty and students; integrity in his/her personal relationships; and leadership and loyalty in furthering the ideals of Mount Mercy. This award is named for Catherine McAuley, who founded the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland in 1831.
Doors open at the U.S. Cellular Center at 11:30 AM.
Graduates are to enter through the Box Office entryway and assemble on the 1st floor in Exhibit Hall C. Graduates must be in the lower level to check in and line up no later than 12:15 PM.
Families and guests can use the escalators on the concourse level or the skywalks from the parking ramps to get to main level to watch the ceremony.
All candidates must have their bills resolved by 12 PM on May 15 in order to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. Diplomas will not be issued and official transcripts will not be released until all financial obligations to the University have been paid in full.
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Visit this page to find and order photos from the Commencement Ceremony.
Graduates may pick up their diploma at the Commencement Reception in the Grand Ballroom at the DoubleTree (attached to the U.S. Cellular Center), immediately following the Commencement Ceremony.
Graduates must present a picture ID to receive their diploma.
Diplomas can be mailed upon request, or picked up from the Registrar’s Office during regular business hours following graduation.
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At all events:
Those who need accessbility accomodations at any event should contact the Events Office, 319-363-1323, ext. 1824 at least two weeks prior to their needs.
At the Commencement Ceremony:
Though Mount Mercy does not anticipate any security problems, we constantly monitor events to protect the safety of our guests. Please observe the following restrictions for all Commencement activities:
All Commencement venues have the authority to prohibit any items deemed to be a security risk. Patrons will not be allowed to bring such items inside the venues. These policies are subject to change without notice.
Mount Mercy enforces the State of Iowa’s Clean Air Act.
Smoking is prohibited on all Mount Mercy property including buildings, lawns, parking lots, athletic facilities, et al. The law also prohibits smoking in personal vehicles on Mount Mercy’s campus.
Smoking is also not permitted inside the U.S. Cellular Center.
Cedar Rapids keeps a list of hotel accomodations at GoCedarRapids.com.
See this page for parking information.
This information can be found here.
Please call 319-286-4414 by noon on Friday, May 19, and leave a voicemail message with the pronunciation of your full name.
A tassel specific to your degree and a special MMU medallion come with the purchase of your cap and gown and cannot be purchased separately. If you do not purchase a cap and gown, we will not expect you at the Ceremony.
The hood for your master's degree is included in the cap and gown ordering process.
You will receive your hood during the Master's Hooding Ceremony. If you are not participating in the Master's Hooding Ceremony but are walking in the Commencement Ceremony, your Hood will be available at the U.S. Cellular Center.