Nursing graduates of Minnesota State Community and Technical College will be honored during pinning ceremonies on the college’s campuses in Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena during May.
Twenty-one graduates of the Practical Nursing program and 28 graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program will be recognized during a ceremony in the Oscar Bergos Center on the Moorhead campus at 4 p.m. Monday, May 12. The keynote speaker will be Stacey Houge, director of nursing at Bethany Homes.
Thirty graduates will be recognized during the Fergus Falls Associate Degree Nursing pinning ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 15, in Legacy Hall, and eight graduates of the Practical Nursing program will be honored during their ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, May 16, in Waage Theatre. Receptions to honor the graduates will follow both events in Legacy Hall.
Thirty-five Associate Degree nursing students will be pinned during a ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Wadena Memorial Auditorium. The student speakers for the Wadena campus are Michael Cole and Jill Maciejny, and refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
The pinning ceremony is a tradition that marks the completion of a student’s nursing education. A pin, unique to each college’s nursing program, is placed on each student’s nursing uniform by a faculty member to signify the transition from student to practicing professional.
Following validation from a dean for completion of their programs, the students are eligible to sit for the respective National Council of State Boards of Nursing exam that determines their initial eligibility to hold a license to practice nursing.