BISMARCK, ND — The University of Mary celebrated its first graduating class for Doctor of Nursing Practice over the weekend. With media on hand, the eight graduates were hooded at a special ceremony just prior to its 56th commencement.

Dr. Stacey Cederstrom of Park Rapids, MN, is hooded by University of Mary nursing faculty at a ceremony prior to commencement

Dr. Stacey Cederstrom of Park Rapids, MN, is hooded by University of Mary nursing faculty at a ceremony prior to commencement

The graduates hail primarily from this region. Nursing is one of the university’s founding cornerstones and continues to be a vital and growing legacy of the Benedictine Sisters’ desire to serve the needs of the people.

The University of Mary and these graduates continue to respond to the growing demand for nurses as the U.S. tries to stem the shortage across the country. These doctorate nurses will fill needs not only in primary care but also in areas related to mental health, women’s health, interventional radiology and  nephrology.

DNP started in 2014 and is one of three doctoral programs offered at Mary. The university launched the Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2003 and the Doctorate of Education in 2015.

Anyone interested in visiting with a nursing faculty about graduate program opportunities contact Dr. Billie Madler, University of Mary’s chair of Online and Distance Nursing Education, at (701) 355-8266.