Director of Forensic Operations, Iowa State Medical Examiner to deliver Summer 2012 Commencement Address

Mercy College of Health Sciences (Des Moines, IA) will confer certificates/degrees (Associate and Bachelor of Science) to 151 candidates in eight different health care disciplines, at a ceremony held in the Grand Ballroom of the Iowa Events Center, 730 Third, Des Moines, Iowa on Friday, August 17, 2012.

The Most Reverend Richard E. Pates, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines will be presiding over the ceremony and will be commissioning graduates by blessing their handswith olive oil as a reminder of the calling of service they will undertake through their chosen healthcare careers.

John Kraemer, PA, F-ABMDIDirector of Forensic Operations, Iowa State Medical Examiner will deliver the Commencement Address.

Associate of Science in Nursing Candidate Zachery Ahmann will deliver the Student Address.

Rose Marie CunionRN'66, CCRN and the 1999 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient will be presented the 2012 honorary Doctor of Health Science (D.H.Sc.) degree by Mercy College.

The commencement events are open to the public and can be viewed via live streaming on the College website by clicking here

A reception, hosted by Mercy College President Barbara Q. Decker, for graduates and their families will be held immediately following the ceremony in the Sullivan Center Lobby for light refreshments.

Mercy College is the only Catholic college in Central Iowa and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). For additional information, visit the Mercy College website at


Quick Info

Friday, August 17, 2012  

  • Pinning Ceremony - 1:00 p.m.
  • Commencement 2:30 p.m.

Iowa Events Center
Grand Ballroom

730 Third Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309