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Kathrine Michalek named College of Nursing and Health Sciences Outstanding Graduate Student

Posted August 13, 2020

An Albertville resident has been selected a spring semester Outstanding Graduate Student at Metropolitan State University.

Kathrine Michalek graduates from the university’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences Advanced Dental Therapy program. Metropolitan State’s 106th Commencement will take place as a virtual graduation exercise on Aug. 15. With spring and summer 2020 semesters together, Metropolitan State is conferring 791 bachelors, 80 masters, and 17 doctoral degrees. Since 1971, Metropolitan State University has conferred 46,003 bachelor’s degrees, 4,158 master’s degrees and 105 doctoral degrees.

Michalek’s goal was to further her education and to learn. One of her biggest fears was to balance work, school, and the family schedule. In her program cohort, she developed as a leader and completed the program.

“My goal was to learn as much as possible and make school my top priority,” Michalek says. “I quickly became a leader, and along with all my peers support for one another we all successfully completed the program.”

Michalek earned her undergraduate from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2010. Currently Michalek is a dental hygienist and now plans to use her Advanced Dental Therapy degree to pursue a career in dental therapy.

Michalek lives in Albertville with her husband Adam, and her two children Marek and Abram. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.


Each fall and spring semester, colleges at Metropolitan State nominate students for the Outstanding Student and Outstanding Graduate Student awards. Nominees are evaluated on the basis of their academic performance in their degree program, as well as achievements in their community and professional contributions. All finalists are recognized in the commencement program, outstanding students receive special recognition during commencement, and are eligible to speak at commencement.

Metropolitan State University, a member of Minnesota State, is the Twin Cities’ public, urban, comprehensive state university providing lifelong learning and competitive academic and professional degree programs at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels.