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USD Nursing’s historic graduation

First group of Four-year BSN graduates receive diplomas

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota’s four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) graduates its first class of students since the four-year BSN program was re-instituted in 2013 by the SD Board of Regents.

Fifty-five four-year BSN nursing students will receive their nursing pin on Friday, May 8 at USD nursing campuses in Vermillion and Sioux Falls. Graduation ceremonies are in Vermillion on Saturday, May 9 at the Dakota Dome.

USD Nursing in Vermillion and Sioux Falls started BSN programming in fall 2013.  USD nursing students in Rapid City were admitted to the four-year BSN program starting in 2014, and Pierre students can begin the program in fall, 2016.

USD Nursing offers other professional options, including an online post licensure RN – BSN program. This program offers existing registered nurses the chance to earn their undergraduate degree in nursing. Fifty-five students will receive this degree on May 8.

“Nursing Pin” ceremonies
Sioux Falls USD Nursing graduates will receive their nursing pin at a pinning ceremony on Friday, May 8 starting at 10 am at the USD Nursing building at 1525 South Euclid Avenue.
Vermillion USD Nursing graduates will receive their nursing pin at a pinning ceremony on Friday, May 8 starting at 7 pm at Aalfs Auditorium on the USD Campus.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News