Mount Mercy University to hold commencement exercises May 18

Congratulations to Mount Mercy's graduating class of 2014!

Mount Mercy University will hold commencement exercises on Sunday, May 18, at 1:00 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Cedar Rapids. Mount Mercy will graduate 420 undergraduate students and 104 students in graduate programs. Michael Kutcher, motivational speaker and advocate will serve as the commencement speaker.

When Kutcher graduated from Mount Mercy with degrees in management and finance in 2002, he didn’t plan on a career in public speaking.  After an eye-opening encounter with a five-year-old living with pronounced cerebral palsy – a condition Kutcher shares in mild form – Michael decided to let life lead him toward his true calling: motivational speaking.

He engaged in his first public speaking opportunity at a nonprofit gala in 2009, and today he diligently advocates for people with disabilities. Whether through his national lobbying efforts or via his influential lectures, Michael exemplifies the university’s mission by working for the betterment of all communities.

A schedule of commencement activities at Mount Mercy includes:

Thursday, May 15
Accelerated Reception
5:30 p.m., Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall

Friday, May 16
Graduate Degree Hooding Ceremony
7:00 p.m., Hennessey Recreation Center

Saturday, May 17
Honors Convocation
2:00 p.m., Chapel of Mercy, Busse Center

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

Sunday, May 18
Commencement Mass
9:00 a.m., Chapel of Mercy, Busse Center

Commencement Ceremony
1:00 p.m., UC Cellular Center

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

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