MMU to hold Commencement 2017 exercises May 21

Mount Mercy University will hold Commencement 2017 exercises on Sunday, May 21, at 1 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Cedar Rapids.

Mount Mercy will graduate 439 undergraduate students and 111 students in graduate programs. Three members of faculty will be given emeritus status: Professor of Business Kathryn Coulter, J.D.; Professor of Psychology Ronald Feldt, Ph.D.; Professor of Religious Studies Charlotte Martin, Ph.D. 

Bianca Kesselring, a native of Cedar Rapids, was chosen as student speaker. Kesselring is graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management and Management. She was president of the Students in Human Resource Management club, active in the Honors Program, wrote for the Mount Mercy Times, and sang in the University Choir. Off campus, she was a lunch room volunteer at St. Jude Elementary School, worked as a hostess and server at Cottage Grove Place for nearly six years, and could be found waitressing at Vito’s on Saturday nights.

Recently, Kesselring was welcomed to the MMU staff as campus visit coordinator. A critical role in the Office of Admissions, Bianca is the first point of contact for many campus guests. She is responsible for providing hospitality and ensuring an exceptional experience for prospective students and their families during campus visits.

Those who are not able to travel for commencement are welcome to watch a live stream of the event, which can be found the day of commencement at

A schedule of commencement activities includes:

FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017

Honors Convocation | 4–5 PM
Chapel of Mercy, Busse Center

Master’s Hooding Ceremony | 7–8 PM
Gym, Hennessey Recreation Center

Master’s Hooding Reception | 8–9 PM
Sisters of Mercy University Center Commons

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017

Nursing Pinning Ceremony | 9:30–11 AM
Gym, Hennessey Recreation Center


Commencement Mass | 9:30–10:30 AM
Chapel of Mercy, Busse Center

Commencement Ceremony Concert | 12:30–1 PM
Featuring the University Band and Choir
U.S. Cellular Center | 370 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, IA

Commencement Ceremony | 1–3:30 PM
U.S. Cellular Center | 370 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, IA

Commencement Reception | 3:30–5 PM
Grand Ballroom, DoubleTree 
Attached to the U.S. Cellular Center
DoubleTree by Hilton | 350 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, IA

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