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Graduation Eligibility and Application

Students earning an associates or a bachelor’s degree must complete all program degree requirements and the
following institutional requirements:

  1. Service Learning Project
  2. Communication Competency Writing
  3. Communication Competency for Speech
  4. Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT)
  5. Program Portfolio (if applicable) by their intended graduation date
  6. Other program-specific requirements


Note: Students who will have only one course to finish at the time of their intended graduation date may participate
in graduation ceremonies, but will not receive their diploma until all graduation requirements and financial
obligations are successfully completed.

Graduation Residency Requirements

Students completing a certificate (not short-term certificate) or graduating with an Associate Degree must complete
a minimum of 15 credit hours at Mercy College.

Students graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at Mercy College.
Further details of graduation requirements are found within the program specific sections.

Application for Graduation

Students must complete an Application for Graduation form when registering for the semester prior to the semester
of their intended graduation. Verification of eligibility shall be determined by the Registrar and the student’s
academic advisor. Graduating students are encouraged to attend commencement.

Students must complete the graduation requirements listed in the College Catalog in effect at the time of initial
registration after admission to the College. They may, however, opt to follow requirements in the current catalog.

A conferred degree and official transcripts are issued after fulfillment of all graduation requirements, including
clearance through all College departments e.g. Library, Business Office, Financial Aid, etc. The College does not confer a degree without receiving your complete Application for Graduation.

Recommended application deadlines are:

Graduation Application Deadlines

  • Spring – November 1
  • Summer – March 1
  • December* – July 1

*December degrees are awarded, but the event is limited to a reception held at the College for family and friends (weather permitting). December graduates are invited to participate in spring ceremonies.

Candidates for graduation will receive information regarding graduation events by email from the Office of Institutional Advancement. Other graduation details will be published on E-LEOS.

Graduation Requirements

(Refer to E-LEOS for details)

  • Service Learning Project
  • Communication Competency Requirement
  • Student Portfolios

Program Graduation Requirements

  • Refer to the College Catalog for program specific graduatioin requirements.


Carolyn Bucklin
Local (515) 643-6617
Fax (515) 643-6702
Toll Free (800) 637-2994, ext. 3-6617

Office Hours:  Summer

Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Note: Hours will be 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. when classes are not in session.

Mailing Address

Mercy College of Health Sciences
Office of the Registrar
921 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-1200