May Day celebration returns to campus

Mount Mercy reenacted a much-loved event once held on campus during the 1930s—the Isadora Duncan scarf Dance.

Alumni, students and community members gathered at the grotto to witness a rejuvenated rendition of scarf dancers, music and May pole dancing. Junior College and Academy alumni enjoyed a special tea before the event. Guests enjoyed performances by the Mount Mercy University Jazz Connection and University Band, and tried their hand at “braiding” a May pole.

Alumni were invited to walk the grounds and learn historical background on the grotto and its architect, William Lightner, as well as hear updates on the grotto restoration process.Mount Mercy was recently awarded a $30,000 National Endowment for the Arts matching grant to help fund renovation of the grotto bridge and Ten Commandments column.

If you would like to make a contribution to the grotto restoration, please visit

To view photos of the celebration, visit Mount Mercy University’s Facebook page.