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Rasmussen College Recognizes More Than 1,500 Graduates From Seven Schools Of Study

Commencement ceremony to be held July 13 at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul

July 11, 2013

Erin Werthman
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (July 11, 2013) – Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college, will recognize more than 1,500 graduates from its five Twin Cities campuses and Rasmussen College Online on Saturday, July 13, 2013. This year’s commencement ceremony will take place at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul. The ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m.

“We’re excited to honor our graduates who have all worked so hard to fulfill their dreams of earning a college education,” said Kristi Waite, president, Rasmussen College. “We’re confident the skills and education they received at Rasmussen College has given them the foundation they need to be successful in their careers and beyond.”

The graduates from summer 2012 through spring 2013 will be presented with certificates, diplomas, Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the schools of Business, Design Education, Health Sciences, Justice Studies, Nursing and Technology. Many of the graduates are also industry certified – credentials that help them standout in today’s competitive job market.

“At Rasmussen College, we prepare students for careers projected to be in strong demand in the future,” said Tamryn Hennessy, national director of career services, Rasmussen College. “We’re proud 85 percent of our graduates college-wide are employed in their field or continuing their education. Here in Minnesota, many of our graduates have been hired by top employers such as Cargill, Allina Health, Mayo Clinic and the Drug Enforcement Administration. It affirms the relevancy of Rasmussen College’s programs and our students’ dedication to success.”

Andre Koen, community leader, public speaker, mentor and activist, will deliver the commencement ceremonies’ keynote address. The son of a Black Panther-turned-preacher, Koen learned at a young age the importance of reaching across cultural lines to seek understanding and acceptance, and has extensive experience in educating others regarding anti-racism. Koen is also well-known for his creation of innovative and behavioral changing courses, both for the classroom and online learning.

Alyssa Grindy, Surgical Technologist graduate from the Rasmussen College Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus, was selected as this year’s student speaker. Grindy is a highly-motivated individual with a passion for helping others. During her time at Rasmussen College, she mentored fellow students in her program. She was also recently recognized for her dedication to education with a National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) scholarship.

Rasmussen College congratulates all of its 2012-2013 graduates. For more information about Rasmussen College, visit

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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