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Commencement Ceremony

Friday August 15, 2014 - 2:30 p.m.

The Mercy College Commencement Ceremony is filled with the symbolism of our legacy, harkening back to the Sisters of Mercy who founded the first educational program in Des Moines back in 1899. From the academic mace carried in process by the President of the College Senate, to the celebration in sacred song familiar to Catholic traditions, our ceremony is both a celebration of the sacred and the academic.

Regardless of your religious tradition, we hope that you find joy in this celebration of your achievements after significant effort. Of special meaning during the ceremony is the optional participation in the Commissioning Ceremony where graduates hands are blessed for the sacred work of ministry in a health science profession.

The Academic

Students follow student marshals

Call to Order

President Barbara Quijano Decker

Sacred Portion of the Ceremony



Gospel Reading




Commissioning Ceremony


Lord’s Prayer

Recited by all

Musical Interlude


Academic Portion of the Ceremony

Commencement Address


Student Speaker


Presentation of Candidates

Dr. Steven Langdon and School Deans

Conferring of Degrees

President Decker and
College Board member Dr. Diane Huber

The Academic Recessional

Students follow student marshals

  • Live Videostreaming of the Summr 2014 Pinning and Commencement Ceremonies will be available via the Mercy College website beginning at 12:45 P.M.  
  • For additional information contact:
    Karen Anderson, Ph.D.
    Vice President, Enrollment Management & Student Affairs
    Office: (515) 643-6791
    Fax: (515) 643-6702