Iowa Lakes Nursing Graduates Honored at Pinning Ceremony

Iowa Lakes Pinning Ceremony

(Emmetsburg, Iowa) Iowa Lakes Community College Nursing students preparing to graduate on Friday, May 12, 2023, took part in the annual pinning ceremony on Tuesday to celebrate their entry into the nursing field. The Iowa Lakes Nursing pinning ceremony occurred at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 9, 2023, in the Smith Wellness Center Gymnasium on the Emmetsburg Campus. Twenty students make up the nursing class of Spring 2023 and were recognized as graduate candidates for an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN).

The 2023 ADN graduates are:

Gracen Arms (Spirit Lake, Iowa), Jacob Biekert (Spencer, Iowa), Adrienne Chuning (Emmetsburg, Iowa), Tori Cooper (Spencer, Iowa), Ashley Dine (Berrien Springs, Mich.), Emma Harding (Iowa Falls, Iowa), Blaney Johnson (Jackson, Minn.), Sierra Kluever (Terril, Iowa), Jaymie Krukow (Spencer, Iowa), Brittany Larson (Spencer, Iowa),  Raquel Molina (Emmetsburg, Iowa), Maggie Mueller (Emmetsburg, Iowa), Kelsey Pickhinke (Storm Lake, Iowa), Brittany Ramirez (Emmetsburg, Iowa), Anna Redinius (Estherville, Iowa), Barbara Runneberg (Algona, Iowa), Nicole Sanders (Emmetsburg, Iowa), John Thoren (Emmetsburg, Iowa), Kylie Van’t Hul (Emmetsburg, Iowa), and Ellie Von Ehwegen (Graettinger, Iowa).

Pinning ceremonies continue the time-honored tradition of Florence Nightingale’s legacy. Nightingale influenced modern-day nursing programs creating an impact on the healthcare field and inspiring modern-day pinning ceremonies symbolizing the rite of passage into the nursing profession from college as well-trained individuals committed to the welfare and well-being of society.

The Nursing program at Iowa Lakes Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and the Iowa Board of Nursing. Students enrolled in the nursing program at Iowa Lakes prepare for a rewarding career by learning a solid foundation of hands-on and technical skills needed in clinic and hospital settings. Iowa Lakes offers a Practical Nursing Diploma or an Associate Degree in Nursing.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Iowa lakes Community College celebrates Nursing graduate candidates at pinning ceremony on May 9. Pictured from left to right front row:Sierra Kluever, Maggie Mueller, Emma Harding, Gracen Arms, Jacob Biekert, Ellie Von Ehwegn, Tori Cooper, Barb Runneberg, Adrienne Chuning, Brittany Larson, Jamie Krukow. Pictured from left to right back row: Kylie Van’t Hul, Nicole Sanders, John Thoren, Anna Redinius, Brittany Ramirez, Kelsey Pickhinke, Ashley Dine, Raquel Molina, and Blaney Johnson.