Forty-six Practical Nursing Graduates were honored during a Pinning Ceremony, in Western Dakota Tech's new Event Center, May 12. These graduates will help fill an important need in the workforce for entry-level nurses in the healthcare environment.
The Pinning Ceremony is a traditional symbolic welcoming of Nursing Graduates into the Nursing field. Students chose who they wanted to pin them. A thank-you written by the student was aloud as they were being pinned.
Western Dakota Tech Practical Nursing Program Director Christi McArthur, BSN, RN, provided the welcome. Opening remarks were by Holly Perli, BSN, RN, of Regional Health, and Mary Beth McLellan, BSN, RN, of the Rapid City Regional Hospital Family Medicine Residency Clinic. Closing remarks were provided by Western Dakota Tech President Ann Bolman, Ed.D.
Special nursing awards were presented as follows:
The nurses honored during the pinning ceremony were as follows:
*Denotes December 2016 graduates.
**To graduate at later date.
Additional photographs from the nurse pinning ceremony are available on the Western Dakota Tech Facebook page.
About Western Dakota Tech
Western Dakota Tech was established in 1968 and is the only technical college that serves the western South Dakota region.
Western Dakota Tech offers 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.
More than 86 percent of Western Dakota Tech's most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or are enlisted in the military.
Western Dakota Tech 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.