On Monday, August 23, Mount Mercy College will become Iowa’s newest university and the state’s only Mercy university as it makes the historic transition to Mount Mercy University.
As outlined in Mount Mercy’s strategic Plan for Mount Mercy University 2008-2012, Mount Mercy’s vision statement has supported the growth and expansion of Mount Mercy through natural and progressive enhancements. The transition to university status is a result of clear intentions over several years to evolve to a point of re-designation, and fits the institution’s vision of continued growth and expansion.
A press conference will be held on August 23 at 11:30 a.m. on the Donnelly patio and will include the unveiling of the new Mount Mercy University logo. Mount Mercy President Christopher Blake, Chair of the Board of Trustees Charles Rohde, and Kathi Thornton, of the Sisters of Mercy – West/Midwest Region, will sign the University Charter, establishing Mount Mercy’s transition to a University. A ceremonial ground-breaking on the site of the new University Center will also take place during the press conference. A celebration luncheon for alumni, faculty, staff, students and community members will be held on campus following the press conference.
On Tuesday, August 24 at noon, University Mass will be held with The Most Rev. Jerome Hanus, O.S.B., S.T.L., Archbishop of Dubuque, in the Chapel of Mercy, Busse Center.