MINNEAPOLIS, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Rasmussen College will celebrate the graduation of approximately 1,800 students from its five Twin Cities campuses and Rasmussen College Online at a new, larger venue on Saturday, June 16, 2012. Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college focused on delivering career-focused education, will host this year's commencement ceremony at the Minneapolis Convention Center at 11 a.m.
The graduates, who all completed their required coursework during the past six months, will be presented certificates, diplomas, associate's and bachelor's degrees from the Schools of Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Health Sciences, Nursing and Technology and Design.
"We are so proud of what our students have accomplished, and we are confident that the skills and education they obtained at Rasmussen College has given them the foundation they need to be successful in their career and in life," said Rasmussen College President Kristi Waite. "I just want to say to all of our graduates in the Twin Cities and throughout the country – congratulations on this life-changing accomplishment."
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will deliver the keynote address at the commencement ceremony. Ritchie has a long and distinguished history of service in the state of Minnesota. In addition to serving as Secretary of State, Ritchie also serves on the State Executive Council, the State Board of Investment, and the Twin Cities Army Community Advisory Board and on the Board of the Minnesota Historical Society. He was recently appointed by Governor Dayton to co-chair the Civil War Commemoration Task Force.
Theresa Barden, a justice studies student with an emphasis in psychology from the Rasmussen College Blaine Campus was selected as this year's student speaker. A young mother, Barden balanced work, school and family while maintaining a 3.5 GPA throughout her academic career. In her final quarter at Rasmussen College, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. However, despite losing feeling in one of her hands and a hospitalization, she stayed focused, completing all her coursework and earned an impressive 3.91 GPA in her final quarter.
Rasmussen College congratulates all of their graduates. For more information on Rasmussen College, visit www.Rasmussen.edu.
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An innovator of higher education, Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited, private college that specializes in offering the most in-demand degree programs in a highly supportive, student-centered educational environment. Rasmussen College offers market-relevant programs from the certificate and diploma level through the associate's and bachelor's level online and across its 22 campuses in the Midwest and Florida to more than 15,000 students. By combining its expertise in career development with high academic standards and with unparalleled student support services, graduates of Rasmussen College leave with the most up-to-date knowledge, the skills that employers look for, and the tools to succeed in their chosen field. Since 1900, the primary focus at Rasmussen College has remained constant: student achievement is of the upmost importance, the employer who hires its students continues to be a valued partner, and Rasmussen College is dedicated to being a primary contributor to the growth and development of the communities it serves. For more information about Rasmussen College, please visit www.Rasmussen.edu.
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