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Alexa Alfred

Alexa Alfred of New Ulm, MN received her first white coat and stethoscope at the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Duluth Campus White Coat Ceremony, held on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, inside the Marshall Performing Arts Center.

The White Coat Ceremony is a rite of passage that serves to welcome first-year medical students to the profession and reinforce the value of humanism as foundational to medicine. It is during this ceremony when students recite their oath. This sacred pledge dates back hundreds of years and affirms each student to abide by a strong set of ethical standards, commitment to their patients and the utmost quality of care.

Pockets of the coats were filled with notes that were sent in with gifts sponsoring the white coats. These ranged from nostalgic memories from alumni at their ceremony to well wishes from parents for their child. In total, 65 white coats were presented to the Class of 2023, which comprises of twelve future Native American physicians – a historic milestone in our medical school’s history.


Hamline University in St. Paul congratulates 549 new Pipers who started their college careers in the Fall 2019 semester. These new Pipers are part of one of the largest incoming first-year classes to attend Hamline University. The following local students joined the Hamline community: Lisette Guzman of Gibbon, Rachel Rettmann of Gaylord, Iyanna Wieland of New Ulm.


The following area students completed degree requirements at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in August.

Megan Lee of Franklin Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Major

Lexy Wenisch of Springfield, Bachelor of Science, Therapeutic Recreation Major, Highest Honors

UW-La Crosse, founded in 1909, is one of the 13 four-year institutions in the University of Wisconsin System.


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