Graduation 2013: Celebrating a Bright Future and a Job Well Done

Graduation 2013: Celebrating a Bright Future and a Job Well Done

2013 School of Dentistry graduation ceremony

A crowd of more than 1,000 students, their family members and friends, and School of Dentistry faculty and staff celebrated the accomplishments of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Class of 2013 at a Commencement Ceremony held May 17 in Mariucci Arena. The event was the 124st time that the school has convened to congratulate and welcome the next generation of dental professionals. One hundred and sixty-nine students were recognized at the event. Included were 107 who received doctor of dental surgery degrees, 31 graduates who earned master’s degrees and advanced education certificates, nine dental therapy students (whose degrees were conferred in December 2012), one candidate who earned a master of dental hygiene degree, and 21 candidates for a bachelor of science in dental hygiene degree.

Leading the processional of graduates and more than 50 faculty members and dignitaries into the arena was Mark Herzberg, the School of Dentistry’s 2012 Century Club Professor of the Year, who carried the University mace. Dean Leon Assael welcomed the guests and served as emcee, and student speakers Saad Zaneer (dental hygiene class of 2013), Jason Allred (dental therapy class of 2012), and George Hauser (doctor of dental surgery class of 2013) shared remarks on behalf of their graduating classes. A reception for graduates and their guests followed the ceremony.

Senior banquets were also held to present awards to graduating students. The doctor of dental surgery graduates celebrated with their families and friends on May 16 at the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. A celebration for graduates of the dental therapy class was held in December 2012. The banquet for graduates of the dental hygiene program will be held July 24 at TCF Bank Stadium.

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