Ighedo recognized with Mary Frances Warde Award

Mount Mercy graduate Amazing-Grace Ighedo ’16 received the Mary Frances Warde Award during Mount Mercy’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 22. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in nursing.

This award is the highest honor given to a student who transferred into Mount Mercy and has acquired a minimum of 30 credit hours at the university. The award is conferred upon the graduate who, in addition to a high scholastic rating (3.0 or above), has exemplified to a marked degree cooperation with administration, faculty, and students; integrating in his/her personal relationships; and leadership and loyalty in furthering the ideals of Mount Mercy. The award is named for Mary Frances Warde, who founded the Sisters of Mercy in America in 1843.

After a horrific car accident in her home country of Nigeria, Ighedo was cared for by a group of nurses who unknowingly ignited her passion for nursing. In 2009, Ighedo moved to the United States and began taking nursing classes after much thought and encouragement from her husband, Andrew. After a bit of trial and error at another school, she found a home at Mount Mercy.

While on the Hill, Ighedo flourished in her studies. Impressively, she held a 4.0 GPA while also raising a family and was awarded the prestigious Minority Nurse Scholarship in 2015. Because of her positive and encouraging attitude, Ighedo was a role model to many of her classmates — especially those who were raising families like her.

Today, after much hard work, sacrifice and perseverance, Ighedo works in Unity Point-St. Luke’s Cardiac Care Unit.

Congratulations, Amazing-Grace!

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