Mount Mercy to hold commencement exercises May 19

Mount Mercy University will hold commencement exercises on Sunday, May 19, at 1:00 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, 1100 Rockford Road SW, Cedar Rapids. Mount Mercy will graduate 406 undergraduate students and 116 students in graduate programs. Sister Jean Evans, R.S.M., D.Th., of the West Midwest community of the Sisters of Mercy will serve as the commencement speaker.

Holding dual citizenship in the United States and South Africa, Sr. Evans has given much of her time in South Africa. For 12 years, she worked as the principal at the Mmakau Adult Center, a vocational training center for marginalized youth and unemployed adults in Ga-Rankuwa. She also spent 28 years teaching in schools run by the Sisters of Mercy and has lectured at St. John Vianney Seminary and St. Augustine College, both in South Africa.

In November 2012, Sr. Evans was awarded a Pastoral Study Grant from the Louisville Institute, a Lily Endowment-funded program based at the Louisville Seminary, to study the interface between phenomenological method and the practice of spiritual direction.

She studied theology with specialization in Christian spirituality at the University of South Africa, where she earned her doctoral degree in theology in 2002. Sr. Evans completed her master's degree in pastoral theology at the University of San Francisco, Calif. She holds a bachelor's degree from Russell College in Burlingame, Calif. She resides in Burlingame, Calif., where she leads retreats and writes on the subject of spirituality.

A schedule of commencement activities at Mount Mercy includes:

Thursday, May 16
Adult Accelerated Reception
5:00 p.m., Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall

Friday, May 17
Graduate Degree Hooding Ceremony
7:00 p.m., Hennessey Recreation Center
8:00 p.m., Reception to follow in the University Center

Saturday, May 18
Honors Convocation
2:00 p.m., Chapel of Mercy, Busse Center

Nursing Pinning Ceremony
4:00 p.m., Hennessey Recreation Center

Sunday, May 19
Commencement Mass
9:30 a.m., Chapel of Mercy, Busse Center

Commencement Ceremony
1:00 p.m., Cedar Rapids Ice Arena

Commencement Celebration
3:30 p.m., Mount Mercy University campus

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