Bellin College of Nursing graduates first master’s degree class

05/11/2007

Fifty-eight BSN and 12 MSN students to graduate at Green Bay's Meyer Theater

GREEN BAY - Bellin College of Nursing will be writing a new chapter in its nursing text book on Sunday, May 13, when it graduates its first class of Master of Science in nursing candidates along with its 20th class of Bachelor of Science in nursing candidates and 96th class of nurses since its inception in 1909. The event will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Meyer Theatre in downtown Green Bay.

Twelve students will accept their master's degree diplomas while 58 students accept their bachelor's degree diplomas as part of the ceremony.

"This is a very special day for us," said V. Jane Muhl, RN, Ph.D, BCON president. "It is significant because of the convergence of our history of nearly 100 years of educating nurses for Northeast Wisconsin with the fruition of our commitment to provide master's-prepared nurses who will be the nursing leaders of tomorrow."

BCON offers two concentrations within its Master of Science in nursing program: nursing administration and nursing education. The nursing administration track provides individuals with essential knowledge and skills for effective nursing leadership in healthcare. The nursing education track prepares individuals to be nurse and health educators.

BCON's undergraduate program offers a general nursing education highlighted by a focused curriculum, extensive clinical practice, and personal teaching approach which prepares graduates for a wide range of nursing opportunities.

Patricia Finder-Stone, RN, of De Pere, a community leader, advocate, lecturer and full-time active volunteer, will give this year's commencement address. She will be joined by BCON students Susan Rymer, MSN candidate; Maura Skidmore, BSN candidate; and Mary Davies, BSN candidate, who also will be speaking. The three students were elected by their classmates to give commencement addresses.

Bellin College of Nursing Facts:

Since becoming an accredited college (offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree) and graduating its first class in 1988, Bellin has graduated 908 students. Of those, 64 - or 7 percent - have been men. Nationwide, only 5 percent of the registered nurses are men.

Bellin College of Nursing first opened its doors in 1909, with its first graduation in 1912.

Bellin College of Nursing became an accredited college in 1984, graduating its first Bachelor of Science in nursing students in 1988.

The State of Wisconsin ranked the Bellin College of Nursing as No. 1 in the state in first-time pass rates compared to baccalaureate nursing schools.

For more information, visit www.bcon.edu.