Eighteen students, including one from Marshall, graduated from the Madison College East Region Associate Degree Nursing program and received their nursing pins at a ceremony held at Watertown High School Sunday, May 19.

Madison College’s East Region includes the Fort Atkinson and Watertown campuses, and the region’s spring 2019 nursing graduates were Angelica Ugarte of Marshall; Lorelei Cavazos of Cambria; Melissa Meske of Cambridge; Amber Landers, Krista Maxfield and Jasmine Miller of Fort Atkinson; Kacie Borchardt, Brandy Dempsey and Kasi Samson of Jefferson; Gabe Paul and Allison Rauscher of Lake Mills; McKenzie Havlik and McKenna Starczynski of McFarland; Samantha Eckberg and Sean McNeary of Sun Prairie; and Cindi Bennett and Courtney Mueller of Watertown.

The pinning ceremony featured a welcome address by faculty member Erin Kupkovits, remarks by student speaker Samantha Eckberg and faculty speaker Tara Basu, presentation of the nursing pins by faculty member Elizabeth Doria, and a traditional lighting of lanterns to symbolize reliability, good will and warmth. Faculty member Susan Mours led the graduates in reciting the nurse’s pledge to conclude the ceremony.

Madison College’s Associate Degree Nursing (RN) program offers training for in-demand jobs in nursing and health care. Students learn from experienced nursing professionals in digital classrooms and modern labs, and develop patient care skills during clinical practicums in area hospitals and health care facilities.

After passing the NCLEX-RN exam, nursing program graduates may work as registered nurses in a variety of health care settings such as clinics, hospitals, extended-care facilities, doctor’s offices, home health agencies, and selected industrial and business settings. Madison College Nursing graduates see a 93 percent job placement rate within six months of graduation.

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