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BSU graduation hosts largest-ever class of Indigenous nursing students

BEMIDJI - Bemidji State University recently celebrated its 105th commencement, and among its mortar boards, tassels and gowns, graduating students are blazing new paths forward for themselves and their families.

Nine students from Niganawenimaanaanig graduated this year, which officials said is the largest number of those in the program to graduate together.

Niganawenimaanaanig is Ojibwe for "We Take Care of Them." At the basic level, the program provides scholarships and stipends for Indigenous students interested in Bemidji State's nursing programs. The model also offers holistic support to students, with cultural experiences grounded in Indigenous wisdom, teachings and values.


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