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Rasmussen College Honors Nursing Program Graduates In Pinning Ceremony

Eleven students from the Fargo/Moorhead campuses graduate with a Practical Nursing degree

December 23, 2011

Erin Werthman
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(FARGO, ND) (Dec. 23, 2011)—The Rasmussen College School of Nursing recently honored Practical Nursing degree graduates from the Fargo/Moorhead, North Dakota college campuses in a traditional pinning ceremony, on Friday, December 15, 2011. The pinning ceremony served as a culmination of the journey through students’ post-secondary nursing program.

Traditional aspects of the program included a candle lighting ceremony, and the pinning and the dedication to the supportive individuals in the students' journey through nursing school. Administration and faculty from Rasmussen College were present at the ceremony, along with more than 100 community and family members.

“Rasmussen College is honored to send such an esteemed class of nursing students into the surrounding communities to provide quality healthcare to those in need,” Dean of Nursing at Rasmussen College , Dr. Becky Rudel said. “The need for qualified nurses is stronger than ever. We are humbled to provide education for talented professionals to the growing field.”

Graduates of the Practical Nursing Program:

  • Courtney Bachmeier from Casselton, ND
  • Kaylie Kowalski from Moorhead, MN
  • Kristina Pettersen from Fargo, ND
  • Samantha Plooster from Fargo, ND
  • Stephanie Wagner from Fisher, MN
  • Tonia Woitzel-Eider from Mapleton, ND
  • Cheryl Brant from Fargo, ND
  • Chelsey Fey - from Fargo, ND
  • Kaylyn Kortes - from Moorhead, MN
  • Kailey Krause - from West Fargo, ND

Rasmussen College offers premier nursing degree programs through its School of Nursing: the Practical Nursing program and the RN to BSN online program. The School of Nursing offers current and future nursing professionals the respected and relevant degree options they need to either start or help advance their nursing careers. In fact, the practical nursing program at the Moorhead, MN campus boasts a 95 percent pass-rate on the nursing licensing exam and 100 percent local/regional placement of graduates in the field of nursing or in programs advancing their education.

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Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation that is dedicated to changing lives through high-demand educational programs and public service. Rasmussen College offers Certificate and Diploma programs through Associate's and Bachelor's degrees online and across its 24 Midwest and Florida campuses in a supportive, student-centered and career-focused environment. Since 1900, Rasmussen College has been dedicated to being a primary contributor to the growth and development of the communities it serves. As a Benefit Corporation, Rasmussen College is committed to helping change lives through education and making a positive impact on society through public service and a variety of community-based initiatives. For more information about Rasmussen College, please visit

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