Celebrating Mercy at Mercy!



Each year we recognize deserving honorees with awards for achievement in their careers, community involvement, and dedication to Mount Mercy Academy.

Do you know someone deserving to be honored? Please fill out THIS NOMINATION FORM to submit a potential honoree.

Click here to view the listing of past honorees


The Catherine McAuley Distinguished Alumna Award is presented to an alumna of Mount Mercy Academy who has distinguished herself as a woman of faith, knowledge, integrity and compassion.  A woman whose accomplishments in all areas of her life - family, community, career - reflect the legacy and mission of Catherine McAuley, the Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.

The Spirit of Mercy Award is an annual presentation of Mount Mercy Academy to those who exhibit the Spirit of Mercy in their professional and personal lives.  The recipients are honored for their outstanding commitment and dedication to their community.  They are truly ministers of Mercy who "live justly, act in tenderness and with humility journey with their God" (Micah 6).   

The Sister Sally Walz Memorial Award is presented to a woman, strong in Faith, who is distinguished in her family and career, a woman who shares her talent with the Mount Mercy Academy community, a volunteer who brings that generosity of time and talent that marked Sister Sally’s life. This award is given to an alumna who, like Sister Sally, has “an expansive heart that is always welcoming and a generosity of time and talent for what needs to be done.”

The Mercy Devotion Award is presented to a faculty or staff member at the Academy who has served as an inspiration for, and has earned the respect and admiration of students and collegues over the years.


19th Annual Mercy Honors Awards Dinner

The Honorees (L-R): Dr. Colleen Mattimore ’77, Catie Burke Gavin ’93, Karen Connors Erickson ’63, Stephanie Hnatiw ’66, Sharon Porcellio ’75 and Bob Hughes.

A sincere thank you goes out to the wonderful ladies of our Mercy Honors committee, without their hard work this event wouldn’t be possible. We especially thank Mary Waters McDonald ’81, the event chairperson, who works tirelessly on ensuring the success of our Mercy Honors dinner.


Click here to view the 2018 Mercy Honors Event Program

Thank you for your continued support!

"Mount Mercy has taught me some of the most important things in my life and I am so grateful for that. I know that incorporating the principles of a woman of Mercy has made me the best version of myself. I can only hope that in the future, I will continue to grow and teach others the valuable lessons that I was taught at Mount Mercy. While I have learned so many things here, the greatest thing by far that I have learned is that DNA does not always make a family, love makes a family and that is exactly what I have gained here, a second family."

Mariah Rullan

Class of 2019

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