President Douglas J. Fiore, PhD, was formally installed as the third President of Mercy College of Health Sciences on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Downtown Des Moines, Iowa.


We are excited to have you participate in the Inauguration of Dr. Douglas Fiore as a representative of you distinguished institution. The following information is a general overview of the events of the day. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Emily Anderson, at (515) 643-6790 or Thank you for joining us for this momentous occasion in the history of Mercy College.

  • Parking: Free parking is available on the Mercy College campus. Mercy College is a two block walk from the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. Parking is also available onsite at the Community Choice Credit Union for $10.
  • Robing: A secure room will be provided for robing and personal belongings that will be staffed during all inauguration events. The robing will be in the Community Choice Credit Union Ballroom, Room 402. This room is directly across from the grand ballroom. The room will be open beginning at 11:00 a.m
  • Academic attire: All delegates in the academic procession are expected to wear academic attire that they provide. If you do not have a cap and gown, please contact the school or organization you are representing so that they may provide you with the necessary academic regalia.
  • Inauguration ceremony: Robing will begin at 11:00 am. Each delegate will have an assigned position in the procession according to the year of founding of their institution. We ask that you be robed no later than 12:15 pm so that we can assure the appropriate order of the procession. Mercy College staff members will be available to assist you.

The Inaugural Procession will form at 12:30 p.m. and begin the processional at 1:00 pm. We anticipate the ceremony concluding at 3:00 pm.


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Mercy College of Health Sciences has been transforming students into healthcare professionals since 1899. Located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, we offer bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, certificate programs, and continuing education courses.

Mercy College is the only private Catholic college in central Iowa and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), in addition to numerous programmatic accreditors.

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