Graduation 2012: Celebrating a Job Well Done and a Bright Future

Graduation 2012: Celebrating a Job Well Done and a Bright Future

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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 2012 at a Commencement Ceremony held May 11 in Mariucci Arena. The event was the 123rd time that the school has convened to congratulate and welcome the next generation of dental professionals. One hundred and seventy-three students were recognized at the event. Included were 109 who received doctor of dental surgery degrees, 35 graduates who earned master’s degrees and advanced education certificates, one dental therapy student who received a master’s degree in dental therapy (eight degrees were conferred in December, 2011), 22 candidates for a bachelor of science in dental hygiene degree, and seven who earned a master of dental hygiene degree.

Leading the processional of graduates and more than 50 faculty members and dignitaries into the arena was the School of Dentistry’s 2011 Century Club Professor of the Year Raj Gopalakrishnan, who carried the University mace. Interim Dean Judith Buchanan welcomed the guests and served as emcee, and student speakers Kelly Stein (dental hygiene class of 2012), Megan Meyer (dental therapy class of 2012), and Jon Heezen (doctor of dental surgery class of 2011) shared remarks on behalf of their graduating classes. A highlight of the event was commencement speaker Jeanne C. Sinkford, DDS, Ph.D., senior scholar-in-residence at the American Dental Education Association and the first woman dean of a U.S. dental school. Sinkford shared her vision for the future of oral health care and for the role of dental professionals within that future. 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 10 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown St. Paul. A celebration for graduates of the dental therapy class was held in December 2011. The banquet for graduates of the dental hygiene program will be held July 26 at TCF Bank Stadium.

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