University to Hold Mid-Year Commencement December 13

Dec. 12 Step-Singing, “light of learning” lantern ceremony and faculty parodies kick-off traditions

MILWAUKEE (December 4, 2014) – Mount Mary University will conduct its mid-year commencement ceremonies on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the  Alumnae and North Dining Rooms located in Bergstrom Hall at 2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway, Milwaukee. More than 150 students will be awarded degrees, including 50 bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees; 14 bachelor of science in nursing joint degrees with Columbia College of Nursing; 88 graduate degrees; and three certificates.

Andrea Hilkovitz, Ph.D., associate professor of English and recipient of the 2014 “Excellence in Teaching” award, will address the graduates.

In addition to the formal commencement ceremony, a Commencement Liturgy will be held on Friday, December 12th at 6:00 p.m. in Helfaer Hall. It will be followed by Step Singing, a Mount Mary tradition that began over 100 years ago. Graduating seniors will welcome family and friends, sing songs and read poetry. Faculty members will perform musical parodies prepared especially for the graduates. Graduates will then pass lanterns symbolizing the “light of learning” to those in their lives who provided encouragement and support during their education. A reception sponsored by the Alumnae Association will immediately follow in Caroline Hall.

Family and friends of graduates wishing to attend Commencement activities should contact their graduate for tickets.