Graduation Eligibility and Application



Students earning an associates or a bachelor’s degree must complete all program degree requirements as outlined in your respective start term College Catalog 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 semester 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.


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.


Applications for Graduation are now found in MyMercy.

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. A $110 graduation fee will be applied to your account after the application is submitted.

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:


  • Spring – November 1
  • Summer – March 1
  • Fall – July 1

* Degrees are awarded after verification of successful satisfaction of graduation requirements. Fall and Summer graduates are invited to participate in spring ceremony.


The commencement ceremony is held at the end of the spring term. Graduates from the previous fall term as well as the spring and summer term candidates for graduation are invited to participate.

Candidates for graduation will receive information regarding graduation and commencement events by email from the Office of the Registrar. Details will also be made available on the Commencement page when they become available.


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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 master’s degreesbachelor’s degreesassociate degreescertificate 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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