Commencement Speaker 2012

Keynote Speaker |  Mary Schulte LoVerde ’75 

Mary Schulte LoVerde ’75 Mary Schulte LoVerde ’75, medical researcher, author and motivational speaker, served as the University’s Commencement speaker during the 2012 graduation ceremony at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.

LoVerde is a highly accomplished 1975 graduate from Mount Mercy’s nursing department who has built a professional reputation on a global scale. A native of Mediapolis, Iowa, she is an internationally recognized expert in life-balance strategies and has authored three best-selling books on the topic.  

She has been a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show; a featured life-balance expert on ABC’s World News Tonight and ABC’s 20/20; and the national spokesperson for the Better Sleep Council and Camp to Belong, which reunites brothers and sisters placed in different foster homes. She is a contributor to such well-known best-sellers as Chocolate for a Woman's Soul, and has touched millions of readers through her articles in prominent magazines and newspapers, from The Wall Street Journal to Family Circle. She is also the recipient of a Nellie Westerman ethics prize for her work on informed consent.

She served at Chapman University and the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where she served as the director of the Hypertension Research Center. She is widely published, her original research appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, Clinical Research, Hypertension, the Journal of Internal Medicine, the American Journal of Hypertension and many other peer reviewed journals. In 2009, Speaker Magazine named her one of the 25 speakers worldwide who are shaping the industry. In 2010 the National Speakers Association inducted her into the Speaker's Hall of Fame. Her newest book, The Invitation, came out in early May. 

LoVerde’s connection to Mount Mercy runs deep. In November 2010, LoVerde and alumna Pat Marschel established an endowed scholarship in honor of their mothers, the Lou Schulte-Lois Corkery Endowed Scholarship (Title III). The endowed scholarship was established in conjunction with a $1.8 million Title III Strengthening Institutions federal grant awarded to Mount Mercy in 2005.