Profile of the Graduate Narrative

Our Profile of the Graduate is how students come to manifest and embody our Core Values. It’s the culmination of everything a Mercy Education hopes to achieve. Throughout the student’s journey, this blueprint defines the attributes they’re expected to acquire and the steps they’ll take to gain them. With the Profile of the Graduate, every experience and academic opportunity is linked to and aligned with our Core Values.


Compelled By Mercy

Compassion. Having concern for the needs of all, including those outside our immediate circle.
Empathy. Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes to understand their feelings and perspectives.
Responsibility to Serve. Fulfilling the duty to not just care about others, but to take action on their behalf.

Educational Courage

Curiosity. Being open to other ways of seeing the world and exploring new ideas.
Personal Accountability. Staying disciplined in decision-making, proactive
in correcting mistakes and self-motivated in our studies.
Critical Thinking. Gathering and objectively evaluating and analyzing information through reflection and reason.

Inspired by Faith

Spirituality. Developing a personal relationship with a loving, merciful God, expressed in service and respecting other faiths.
Modeling of Jesus Christ & Catherine McAuley. Living life with abundant love, compassion, generosity and hospitality, demonstrating the strength of infinite mercy.
Ethical & Moral. Following a personal code based on Gospel values that guides action and choices.

Principled Leadership

Integrity. Standing up for or doing what’s right, including when it’s difficult or unpopular.
Lifelong Learning. Always learning something new, gaining skills and wanting to know more, in all walks of life.
Emotional Intelligence. Recognizing and welcoming emotions within ourselves and others to build resilience and healthy relationships.

A Voice For Dignity and Respect

Grace. Allowing others to be fully human without judgment, while honoring what is God-like within each person.
Advocate. Being a forceful defender, supporter and sometimes spokesperson for the values and people we hold dear.
Inclusivity. Going beyond tolerance to embrace diversity, while accepting and serving with open arms.

"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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