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Nurse Pinning Ceremony Celebrates December RN, Practical Nursing Graduates

Western Dakota Technical College continues to help fill the need for skilled nurses with 22 Practical Nursing students and 11 Registered Nursing students receiving pins upon completion of their program on Dec. 15. The event was historically significant as it included the first Practical Nurses to graduate from the WDTC Philip program.

Receiving pins is a traditional symbolic welcoming of nursing graduates into the Nursing career.

Practical Nursing (PN) graduates and their South Dakota hometowns are as follows below. These graduates attended the Rapid City program unless otherwise noted as Philip. Sara Buls – Philip, Philip program; Marit Clawson – Philip, Philip program; Angela Cochran – Lead; Johanna Corriea – Edgemont; Kaitlyn Cribbs - Rapid City; Macy Davis - Black Hawk; Tylar Dellit – Nemo; Amber Donovan - Box Elder; Steven Dumovich - Rapid City; Brooklyn Gilbert - Rapid City; Candice Leclerc – Piedmont; Leah Luebke - Rapid City; Mandy McGriff – Quinn, Philip program; Makenna Meisner - Rapid City; Melissa Moren – Edgemont; Hannah Norris - Rapid City; Seth Simunek- Hot Springs; Bernadette Stelzle - Rapid City; Jennifer Streeter - Buffalo Gap; Lydia Vennell – Spearfish; Brianna Vocu - Pine Ridge; and Joshua Williamson - Hot Springs.

Registered Nursing (RN) graduates, and their hometowns, include Julianne Blakeman – Sturgis; Zetadell Depositario - Hot Springs; Teagan Engel – Faith; Jordan Hanley - Rapid City; Lisa Miller - Eagle Butte; Stacy Ott – Whitewood; Crystal Probst - Box Elder; Anna Rosencranz – Summerset; Alex Spencer - Rapid City; Corrine Thompson - Rapid City; and Danielle Yuhas – Spearfish.

Student award winners are:

  • Philip Outstanding Graduate sponsored by Philip Health Services – Marit Clawson.
  • PN Outstanding Graduate – Tylar Dellit.
  • RN Outstanding Graduate – Crystal Probst.
  • PN Rapid City Academic Excellence Award sponsored by Monument Health – Angela Cochran.
  • PN Rapid City Clinical Excellence Award sponsored by Fountain Springs Healthcare – Hannah Norris.
  • RN Academic Excellence Award – Alex Spencer.
  • RN Clinical Excellence Award sponsored by Monument Health – Corrine Thompson.

Nurse Pinning event student speakers were:

  • Philip PN Class - Sara Buls.
  • Rapid City PN Class - Candice Leclerc.
  • RN Class - Anna Rosencranz.

The Nursing Pledge was led by Nursing Faculty member Jennifer Bonner, DNP, CNM.

Presentation of Pins was by Nursing Faculty members Danielle Beaulieu, MSN, RN; Suzanne Brandt, BSN, RN; Christina Zweber, MSN, RN; Cozette Petersen, BSN, RN; and Devin Constant, MSN, RN.

The ceremony welcome was provided by Kristen Hybertson, MSN, RN, Director of Nursing. Ann Bolman, Ed.D., WDTC President, delivered the closing remarks.

The Pinning Ceremony video and additional photos are available at

Nine Registered Nursing graduates gathered with faculty following the Nurse Pinning Ceremony.


About Western Dakota Technical College

Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) was established in 1968 and is the only technical college serving the western South Dakota region.

WDTC offers more than 40 programs in a variety of fields, including Business and Computers, Construction and Manufacturing, Energy and Environmental Technologies, Health Sciences, Legal and Public Services, and Transportation Technologies.

Ninety-nine percent of Western Dakota Technical College's most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or are enlisted in the military per the WDTC 2022 Placement Report. There were 320 respondents out of 342 graduates surveyed. [*Placement information is derived from graduate surveys, faculty-collected data, placement surveys started six months after graduation, and the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation. Overall placement rate is figured by: (responding graduates employed, continuing education, or in military service)/(responding graduates who are seeking employment). The number of program graduates are unduplicated by CIP code.]

Western Dakota Technical College faculty, staff, and administration focus their efforts on helping students gain the skills and experiences they need to succeed. Through hands-on learning, internships, and industry partnerships, Western Dakota Tech students graduate ready to make a real and immediate contribution to their employers and to their communities.

For information about WDTC, call (800) 544-8765 or (605) 718-2565 or send an email to Visit us on the web at

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