Fifty area nursing students will be recognized during pinning ceremonies on the Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College on Friday, May 6.
Eighteen graduates of the Practical Nursing diploma program on the Fergus Falls campus will be honored during a ceremony at 4 p.m. in Waage Theatre. Student speaker Nicolle Rinke will address her fellow PN program graduates, and Connie Lee Stich, aunt of PN graduating student Lori Codner, will performs for graduates and their guests.
Thirty-two graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program will be honored during a ceremony at 6 p.m. in Legacy Hall. Speakers will be nursing instructors Diane Wolden, Karen Krueger and Mary Roers.
Receptions for students and their families will follow both events.
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 National Council of State Boards of Nursing exam that determines their initial eligibility to hold a license to practice nursing.