South Central College (SCC) held its Spring Pinning Ceremony on May 9 for new graduates of the college’s two nursing programs. The formal “Nursing Pinning” ceremony is a welcoming of newly graduated nurses into the nursing profession. As part of this ceremony, the nursing students each hold a lighted lamp as they recite the Nursing (Nightingale) Pledge, a statement of the ethics and principles held high in the nursing profession. South Central College has had a Practical Nursing program since 1958 in Faribault and since 1968 in North Mankato. The two year RN program started in 2002. These nursing graduates also have the option to participate in SCC’s college-wide graduation which will be held this year on May 15 at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

SCC’s Practical Nursing graduates, whose education has prepared them to serve as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), include:  
Hinda Alin, St. Paul
Jenna Aguillon, Mankato
Jenna Cliff, Waseca
Jessica Eastman, Winnebago
Martha Gesongori, Rochester
Fardos Hassan, Apple Valley
Jessica Heinz, Shakopee
Alyssa Larson, Mankato
Deqa Mohamed, Burnsville
Fadumo Mohamed, Bloomington
Stacy Nelson, Faribault
Beatrice Njiju, Crystal
Naom Okweba, Richfield
Fowzia Omar, Minneapolis
Rael Onkundi, Bloomington
Maureen Onyango, New Hope
Sara Peterson, North Mankato
Katie Piehl, Sleepy Eye
Nicole Raabe, Montgomery
Arron Reuvers, Northfield
Safiya Saida, Saint Paul
Maisie Sarles, Mankato
Sara Swinford, New Ulm
Hanna Yussuf, Bloomington

SCC’s Professional Nursing graduates, whose education has prepared them to serve a Registered Nurse (RN), include:
Katie Adams, Faribault
Benjamin Bachtle, Owatonna
Katherine Bauernfeind, Faribault
Emily Braun, Sleepy Eye
Miranda Carlsten, Mankato
Lucy Esenabhalu, Faribault
Bethany Gangelhoff, North Mankato
Mary Gruber, Owatonna
Amy Hillesheim, Hanska
William Hoekstra, Northfield
Terra Hyytinen, Saint Peter
Sarah Kerich, North Mankato
Amy Leonard, Saint Peter
Traci Little, Dundas
Candus Lunderberg, Saint Peter
Derik Peterson, Saint Louis Park
Candis Rangel, Mankato
Cy Reding, Fairfax
Samantha Riser, New Ulm
David Savord, Northfield
Makayla Schmitz, Mankato
Melissa Shoge, New Ulm
Joe Weller, North Mankato
Holly Wilke, Le Sueur
Nathan Winterhalter, North Mankato
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South Central College (SCC) is a comprehensive community and technical college that is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU), with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato. SCC has more than 50 technical career and professional programs, with a variety of Certificate and Associate degree options. The college also offers a liberal arts and sciences curriculum that enables learners to earn an Associate in Arts degree from SCC before transferring to complete a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. SCC is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer/Educator.