Congratulations, class of 2024!

Commencement marks an important passage in every student’s academic journey—from student to graduate and now a lifelong Mount Mercy alum. Congratulations to the Class of ’24!

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Commencement 2024

Congratulations to the Class of 2024!

Commencement was held at the Alliant Energy PowerHouse, 370 1st Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa on May 12. A recording of the ceremony can be found on Mount Mercy University’s YouTube channel.


Friday, May 10

3:00 PM | Honors Convocation
Chapel of Mercy, Busse Center

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6:00 PM | Nursing Pinning Ceremony
Hennessey Recreation Center

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Saturday, May 11

5:00 PM | Commencement Mass & Blessing of Graduates
Chapel of Mercy, Busse Center


Sunday, May 12

10:00 AM | Commencement Ceremony
Alliant Energy PowerHouse, 370 1st Ave. NE

You can view a recording of this event on Mount Mercy's YouTube channel.

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Following the ceremony | Picnic on the Hill
Rohde Family Plaza, Main Campus

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A crowd during honors convocation

Meet the student speakers

guardado-amy-commencement.jpgAmy Guardado ’24 MSL

Amy Guardado ’24 MSL graduated with a Master of Strategic Leadership degree. She appreciates Mount Mercy giving her the opportunity to strengthen and refine her leadership skills at a pace that would not disrupt her life. Amy has experience in leading nonprofit mental health, immigration, and public health organizations in Iowa.

Through the MSL program, Amy has made connections and broadened her perspective of leadership. She hopes to take what she’s learned to help others understand their potential, reach their goals, and continue to grow.


sequeda-marcano-diego-commencement.jpgDiego Sequeda Marcano ’24

Diego Sequeda Marcano ’24 came to the United States six years ago from Venezuela and relocated to Mount Mercy University from Denver, Colorado. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Art.

During his time on campus, Diego was the President of the Psychology, SOMOS, and Table Tennis clubs, Vice President of Gen 1, League Coordinator of STANG, and a member of the Chess and Art clubs. Beyond his club involvement, Diego was on the golf team, served as a peer mentor for first-year students, and tutored students in Spanish and Psychology at the Academic Center for Excellence.

Diego intends to take a gap year to gain hands-on experience in the psychology field before returning to school to pursue his master's degree.

Frequently asked questions

All degrees are formally conferred during Commencement—also known as graduation. During the ceremony, the provost formally presents the candidates who have been approved by the Registrar's Office. (See Apply for Graduation tab.) Degrees are then conferred and new graduates are admitted to their degree’s "rights and responsibilities." Each student is then presented with a symbolic diploma.

All degree candidates (bachelor's, master's, and doctoral) are encouraged to participate in Commencement, including those who earned their degree at the end of the fall and winter terms.

Students on track to graduate during the summer semester are invited to participate, however, their diplomas will not be available until they have successfully completed all classes.

Diplomas will be mailed following graduation. Questions? Contact or 319-363-1323 x1584.


Commencement photos will be available on our Flickr page and posted on Mount Mercy's social media channels. Additional photos can be purchased from within 48 hours of the ceremony. Click on "Find my Pics" and enter the password GRAD2024. Any questions about purchased photos can be directed to Joe Photo at 319-362-6187.


All Commencement ceremonies were livestreamed and are available for replay on Mount Mercy's YouTube channel. Full video coverage of the ceremonies was provided by Pro Video Productions of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. To order your own copy after the ceremony, visit to receive a downloadable file via email or digital file via USB drive once the video has been edited.


During the ceremony, you’ll receive a handout with information on how to order the large program with all graduate names listed. Programs will be mailed after Commencement—please allow several weeks for printing and mailing.

During the ceremony, you’ll receive a handout with information on how to order the large program with all graduate names listed. Programs will be mailed after Commencement—please allow several weeks for printing and mailing.