MMU to exceed record number of grads

Mount Mercy University will graduate the largest class in its history during commencement exercises Sunday, May 22, at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Cedar Rapids.

The Class of 2016 includes nearly 400 undergraduate students and 175 graduate students. The class is also the first to include students who finished their degree in a completely online format.

“This significant accomplishment is a testament to the quality and value of a Mount Mercy University education and the efforts of our extraordinary faculty and staff,” said University President Laurie Hamen, J.D. “Mount Mercy alumni are the pillars of their communities—business professionals, nurses, doctors, teachers, social workers and civic leaders—and are living proof of the merits of a superb undergraduate and graduate education.”

The number of graduates exceeds the previous record number which was set in 2012. The university also boasts a 41 percent increase in graduate students compared to last year’s class.

“While we are proud of each and every one of our graduates, I would like to give special congratulations to our first Mount Mercy online students graduating this year,” said Scot Reisinger, dean of adult programs. “These students join other noteworthy inaugural graduating classes in Mount Mercy history: adult accelerated students, University students, graduate students and now online students.”

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