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Minnesota's Future Nurses Bemidji State University Four-Year Nursing Program Welcomes More than 60 New Students

Sixty-three students were officially welcomed into the Bemidji State four-year track nursing program during an induction ceremony held Feb. 20.

The socially-distanced ceremony in BSU's Beaux Arts Ballroom allowed nursing students to celebrate their achievements while following COVID-19 mitigation measures recommended by the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota State system and others.

The student nurses had their name badges ceremonially affixed to their nursing polos by faculty and signed the Nightingale Pledge in front of their peers.

The ceremony was also livestreamed for the friends, family and communities of the future-nurses.

During the ceremony, the cohort heard from Jim White, interim dean of the College of Individual and Community Health, Marci Maple, department chair and professor of nursing, Rachel Vesta, assistant professor of nursing, and Carolyn Townsend, associate professor of nursing.

Senior nursing students Sarah Lagos from Newport, Minn., and Elizabeth “Libby” Christenson from Stewartville, Minn., also spoke.