Sixty-three students were officially welcomed into Bemidji State University’s four-year track nursing program during an induction ceremony held over the weekend.
According to a release, the socially-distanced ceremony in the Beaux Arts Ballroom allowed students to celebrate their achievements while following COVID-19 guidelines.
The student nurses had their name badges ceremonially affixed to their nursing polos by faculty and signed the Nightingale Pledge in front of a number of their peers in attendance. 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.