“I’m at a loss for words; I wasn’t expecting to receive it,” said Dagane, the first in his family of five siblings and 10 half siblings to graduate from college.
The native of Kenya is a registered nurse in inpatient psychiatry at the Hennepin County Medical Center. A member of the Minnesota Nurses Association, he previously worked as a patient services coordinator in the hospital’s emergency department. Before that, Dagane was a health care assistant for a hospital in Kenya that serviced many Somali refugees.
He received his associate of science degree from Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Dagane, a B,A. recipient, received an academic scholarship from the Hennepin Health Systems foundation, is pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing from Metropolitan State.
Dagane, married with three children, eventually plans to pursue a graduate degree in nursing.
Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, provides high-quality, affordable education programs for adults seeking bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It is the only state university in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.