Fall 2017 graduates, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 candidates for graduation are encouraged to participate in the April Commencement Ceremony.

Commencement 2018
Friday, April 27, 2018

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

Iowa Events Center 
730 Third Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Graduation Reception for students and their guests following the commencement ceremony Sullivan Center Lobby

Additional Free Parking at Mercy College

In addition to Iowa Events Center parking, the 701 Crocker Student Parking Lot will be available for use by students and their guests on a first-come, first serve basis. The gate will open at 12:30 p.m.


Families are invited to step forward and capture their own photograph of their relative as he/she crosses the stage to receive their diploma cover. Students will be instructed to stop once they climb the stairs to the stage to pause and face out to the audience, before crossing the stage to shake hands to the College President and a member of the College Board of Directors.

Mercy College does not use a professional photographer to take individual or group photographs.