Philadelphia – Penn Dental Medicine welcomed the Class of 2015 to the study of dental medicine with its annual White Coat Ceremony, held August 22 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Zellerbach Theatre. This annual tradition – now in its eighth year – holds symbolic significance for the incoming class as they declare their commitment to assume the responsibilities and obligations of the dental profession.
“I congratulate you and your families on receiving your white coats as you start of your journey at Penn Dental Medicine. As a class, you bring diverse backgrounds, experience, and interests to the school as well as outstanding academic achievement,” said Dr. Denis F. Kinane, Morton Amsterdam Dean of Penn Dental Medicine, as part of his welcoming remarks.
The program also included a keynote address by Dr. Vincent Price, the Provost of the University of Pennsylvania; highlights of the history of Penn Dental Medicine by Dr. D. Walter Cohen, Dean Emeritus of Penn Dental Medicine, and the presentation and introduction of each class member in their white coats.
The 121-member class includes 72 women and 49 men and represents 29 different states and 15 foreign countries. Seven members of the freshman class are legacy students with relatives who are also Penn Dental Medicine graduates. A reception for the students, their family and friends, and the Penn Dental Medicine commmunity followed the program.
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