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News briefs - May 8 edition

M State Wadena campus celebrates commencement May 13

M State will celebrate graduation in Wadena on Tuesday, May 13 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Wadena-Deer Creek high school gymnasium. The student speaker is Natalie Tupy, president of the campus Student Government Association, who is graduating with an AA degree. A reception for graduates and their families will follow the ceremony at the high school.

Commencement ceremonies will mark the graduation of 1,030 students on the four campuses of Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

Pinning ceremonies recognize M State nursing graduates

Nursing graduates of Minnesota State Community and Technical College will be honored during a pinning ceremony in Wadena on Saturday, May 17 beginning at 1 p.m. 35 nursing students will be pinned during the ceremony at the Wadena Memorial Auditorium. The student speakers 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.