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Celebrating the Class of 2020

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Baccalaureate Prayer Service – Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 7 p.m.

View the broadcast of Father Alex Roche and Campus Ministry as they held a virtual prayer service on Thursday, May 7.

Cheers to Alumni Online Forever 2020 – Friday, May 8, 6 p.m.

We know you worked hard to earn your degree, and commend you on your achievement. This virtual event is here to celebrate YOU, The Class of 2020, as the next wonderful installment of the Alumni Association. On behalf of over 19,000 Misericordia University Alumni, the Alumni Relations Team and the Alumni Association, we hope you will join us to celebrate your accomplishments. Grab your favorite beverage in your favorite glass, and join us for a virtual toast.

Class of May 2020 Virtual Salute – Saturday, May 9

The Class of 2020 is an amazing group. You have amassed an impressive array of accomplishments and persisted through the COVID-19 crisis. Join us for an online salute on Saturday, May 9. Visit this page (www.misericordia.edu/classof2020) and our social media channels. Also, on May 9 and 10 please share your pictures, videos, and memories online via social media using the hashtag #MUGrads #MUFromHome #CougarStrong.

Watch these special video messages from the President,  student speaker, and a special “Congratulations message” from many familiar Misericordia faces.

Message from Misericordia University President, Dr. Thomas J Botzman:

Special Message from Student Speaker: Shelbi Love Jones, Bachelor of Science, Health Science, Summa Cum Laude

Misericordia University faculty and staff salute the May Class of 2020, and wishes them the best! Stay happy, stay healthy, stay #CougarStrong.

Commemorative Booklet

Download a commemorative booklet with a list of all the May degree candidates or view our digital view version below. Also included within the booklet is a section of students that wanted to wish their fellow classmates congratulations and to inform them of their upcoming plans for the future.

Student Service and Leadership Awards - Sunday, May 10, 4 p.m.

Watch the video player to view the presentation of the the Student Service and Leadership Awards. Join us as we honor the hard work, dedication, and outstanding citizenship of those in the Misericordia University community.

The following awards will be presented:

  • Student Government Awards
  • Service/Leadership Awards
  • Staff Council Leadership Award
  • Mercy Charism Award
  • Father John Petrasko Scholarship
  • Monsignor John Bendik Scholarship Award
  • Kitty Rooney ’50 Memorial Award for Outstanding Service
  • Kitty Rooney ’50 Memorial Award for Outstanding Leadership

Download and sing along with the Misericordia Alma Mater or listen to our instrumental version. We close every commencement with that lovely tune, even if most people are learning the words right on the spot! View the lyrics to the alma mater here.

Click here to download some special items including:

Picture Yourself On Campus

Callie and photo of her on Campus

While we may not be able to be back on our beautiful campus, we hope you can still “picture yourself” back at the Arch, Anderson Center, or outside Mercy Hall! On this page, you’ll find a selection of campus images that you can include as the background for your campus photos. To make this as easy of an option as possible, we’ve created some helpful tips to put you “back on campus”!

  • Click here to download a .zip folder of various campus photos, or use your own!

    • We’ve included various campus symbols and locations including the cougar statue, Anderson Center, the Arch, Mercy Hall, and more for you to choose from. Or if you have a personal favorite such as your dorm, your team’s locker room, a lab, or a studio- you can use those too! We encourage you to make this experience your own!
  • Use our recommended photo editing tool (or your own favorite app) to place your graduation photos, or other photos of your friends onto our campus.
    • New to editing photos? After testing various tools, we’ve found the LightX photo editing mobile app to be user friendly, and allows both android and iPhone users to use their favorite photos and backgrounds to make their own creations. Available for download on most devices, the base app is free and offers tutorials, walk-throughs, and answers to frequently asked questions to help guide you through making your campus graduation photos. Check out the examples included, and learn more about the app here: 
    • Already a Photoshop wiz? Have another favorite editing app or tool? Then stick with what you know! Whatever is easiest and most convenient for you.
  • Create, download, and share your campus creations!
    • We’d love to see your creativity and share in your celebration! Share with us on social media, or submit your favorite creations to 
    • Tag your photos with #MUGrads so we all can share in the fun.
    • It’s your day and you’ve earned your recognition. Help us share in the celebration, and connect with your friends, classmates, teammates, professors, and family by tagging your campus and graduation photos with #MUGrads. We’ll be sharing all the photos we can over all of our social media channels!
  • Share any at home celebrations with us too!
    • How are you celebrating at home? Is your dog or cat making a special graduation appearance? Let us know! Tag and share your home celebrations with #MUGrads or send to !

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Homecoming, October 2-3, 2020

Please keep in touch via social media to stay up-to-date with the latest developments regarding Homecoming 2020. We are monitoring government health regulations closely to see how they impact our planning, but we hope to invite the May Class of 2020 and many other alumni back to campus for our annual event.

May Ceremony – All May graduates will be honored together in a special December Commencement ceremony. Below is the tentative schedule of events for the weekend. Some pre-Commencement event times may be subject to change, so check back, share your personal email with us, and watch for updates in the mail in early fall.

Commencement Rehearsal May 2020 Class – December 19, 2020

12:30 p.m.: COMMENCEMENT REHEARSAL, LEMMOND THEATER All degree candidates planning to walk in the ceremony, unless excused by the Vice President of Academic Affairs, must attend the commencement rehearsal. Following rehearsal, the entire class will be photographed as a group. Caps and gowns are required for the class photo.

BACCALAUREATE LITURGY – Saturday, December 19, 2020

LEMMOND THEATER Graduates and families of all faiths are welcome to participate in this special liturgy, which is part of our Catholic and Mercy tradition. No tickets are required.

Academic Awards Ceremony – Saturday, December 19, 2020

50 Nights to Commencement – Saturday, December 19, 2020

We know many graduates will have to travel back to experience the full commencement in December. The Alumni Relations office will host a an on-campus reception for the May graduates to give then another chance to see each other, faculty, staff and to network with alumni and community friends. Watch for updates in the coming months.

Commencement Ceremony for May Honorees – December 20, 2020, 10 a.m.

9:00 a.m.: LINE UP FOR COMMENCEMENT, LEMMOND THEATER

10:00 a.m.: COMMENCEMENT CONVOCATION, ANDERSON CENTER Tickets required.

11:30 a.m.: COMMENCEMENT LUNCH, BANKS STUDENT LIFE CENTER No charge for graduates; guests must purchase a ticket. Contact the Bookstore in November at 570-674-6271 to purchase tickets.