O'Connor awarded highest honor at MMU Commencement 2019

Wyatt O'Connor

Mount Mercy University graduate Wyatt O’Connor received the Sister Mary Catherine McAuley Award during Mount Mercy’s 2019 Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 19. O’Connor, a native of Anamosa, Iowa, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education and math.

The Sister Mary Catherine McAuley Award is presented to the graduate who, in addition to a high scholastic ranking of a 3.0 or above, has attended MMU for all four years of their undergraduate studies and has exemplified to a marked degree cooperation with administration, faculty and students; integrity in his/her personal relationships; and leadership and loyalty in furthering the ideals of Mount Mercy. The award is named for Sister Mary Catherine McAuley, who founded the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland in 1831.

O’Connor graduated with the highest academic honors, was former Student Government Association treasurer, a volunteer with Camp Courageous, and an impactful work-study student in Mount Mercy’s facilities department. 

“Wyatt has incredible leadership talent, a tremendous work ethic, and a very compassionate, service-oriented attitude toward his university and our programs,” said University President Laurie Hamen during the ceremony. “It’s not just the tactile problem solving and accountability that are his biggest strengths, but also his compassion. He works with a very diverse group of individuals, talent sets, and ages and in each case, he is looked upon as a compassionate leader.”

O’Connor will teach high school math in Springville, Iowa, this fall.

Congratulations, Wyatt!

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