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"White Coat Ceremony" Celebrates Students' Achievements

Mount Mercy Academy and Bishop Timon St. Jude Graduates Take Flight

by cnewman

Pictured here: Megan Sheehan working during her Maternal Child rotation
Pictured here: Megan Sheehan working during her Maternal Child rotation

In the medical world, "white coat ceremonies" mark the time medical students make the transition from their academic studies to seeing patients in a clinical setting. Receiving a white lab coat is a practical, as well as symbolic gesture that represents the next phase in the students' educational development to become a healthcare professional.

On Wednesday, May 1 from 6 - 8 p.m., students from Mount Mercy Academy and Bishop Timon St. Jude High School will receive white lab coats marking their successful completion of the Academy of Science & Healthcare, a special program that includes a concentrated science curriculum and exclusive learning opportunities in conjunction with Catholic Health.

"The partnership between our schools and Catholic Health began several years ago as a way to nurture students who have an interest in a career in the health professions," said Sr. Mary Ellen Twist, RSM, president of Mt. Mercy Academy. "Today, it has grown into the Academy of Science & Healthcare, a unique education program that positions our students for success as they move from high school to college, and hopefully back to our community to join the ranks of working healthcare professionals."  

Participation in this hands-on learning program enables students to take part in health and science-related field trips, participate in shadowing and internship programs, and meet one-on-one with professional mentors to learn more about a particular health career or field of study.


"Mount Mercy has positively changed my life forever. Through the inviting community, I was able to grow as a woman, as a daughter, as a friend, and as a member of society. Throughout my time here I have gained an education in both academic areas and life in general through the school's ongoing efforts to educate students on gender inequality, racial injustice, and environmental crisis'. Furthermore, Mercy has given me the space to gain confidence that 4 years ago I never would have guessed I would have. Mount Mercy has helped me take that initial step toward becoming the strong woman of color I am today. At Mercy you are more than just a student, you are whoever you wish to be."

Melina Courtney

Class of 2022

"My future, success, and the ability to be an empowered woman in society come from Mount Mercy. My school is a strong foundation for my role in life. From attending Mount Mercy, I can say with confidence, that I will graduate with the mindset that I can accomplish anything. Mercy is my home and my sanctuary to be whoever I want. Mount Mercy has been bringing forth generations of strong intellectual women into the world, and I am more than honored to be one of them. Mercy teaches girls more than academics, but also about the world around us. As a mercy community, we give back to the world because it is our home. From my four years at Mercy, I have been educated on pushing for equality and peace and the understanding that there is no limit to what I can do. I have the confidence to go out in the world and make a difference because being a Mercy girl has given me that opportunity. "

Cassidy Reid

Class of 2022

"Mercy is more than just a school. Mercy is my second home and a shoulder to lean on. Mount Mercy has given me the confidence and resources to pursue my passions and make the world a more inclusive place, propelling me to take strides into male-dominated fields. Mercy blessed me with an environment to grow intellectually and in the community, giving me the foundation to make a tangible impact while making lifelong friendships."

Adrianna Awald

Class of 2022

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