MMU celebrates second consecutive year of record online program graduates

MMU Commencement

Degrees were bestowed upon 432 undergraduate students and 135 graduate students during Mount Mercy University’s 2019 Commencement Ceremony, held Sunday, May 19, at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Cedar Rapids.

Celebrating another record-breaking year, Mount Mercy graduated 61 undergraduate online program students.

During the ceremony, University President Laurie Hamen, J.D. awarded Mount Mercy’s two highest honors for graduates. Hang Nguyen, a native of Vietnam and double major in actuarial science and accounting, received the Sister Mary Frances Warde Award. Wyatt O’Connor, a secondary education and math double major from Anamosa, Iowa, received the Sister Mary Catherine McAuley Award.

Ashley Sally, a native of Milwaukee, was chosen as the ceremony’s student speaker. During her speech, Sally encouraged fellow graduates to get off the sidelines and follow their dreams.

“We can only talk for so long before we have to start doing,” she said. “I challenge all of you to take this opportunity, this degree, this platform to get off the sideline and make a difference in your life and the lives of those around you.”

Hamen awarded two faculty members with emeritus status: Dr. Mary Tarbox, professor of nursing and dean of the Martin-Herold College of Nursing & Health; and Dr. Carol Tyx, professor of English.

Hamen concluded the ceremony with heartfelt congratulations and prompted graduates to continue their journey in life-long education.

“I hope you see this day as the continuation, rather than the end, of your learning endeavor,” Hamen said. “While your school work is done, for now, your life’s work has just begun. There's so much more to learn, do, and accomplish.”

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