The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine welcomed a new freshman class of DMD students with its annual White Coat Ceremony, held Monday, August 16, at the Zellerbach Theatre in the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Center. More than 400 family, friends, alumni, faculty, and staff gathered to celebrate with the Class of 2014 as they began their study of dental medicine.
Sponsored the Penn Dental Medicine Alumni Society, this annual tradition – now in its seventh year – holds symbolic significance for the incoming class as they declare their commitment to assume the responsibilities and obligations of the dental profession.
This new class includes 117 students – 60 men and 57 women, representing three foreign countries, 23 states, and the District of Columbia. “The white coats you receive today mark you as men and women who will carry on the finest traditions of the University of Pennsylvania. We are counting on you to expand the body of knowledge in dental medicine while you are here,” said Morton Amsterdam Dean Denis Kinane in his welcoming remarks.
The program also included a keynote address by Dr. Arthur Rubenstein, Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; a presentation by Dr. D. Walter Cohen (C’47, D’50), Dean Emeritus of Penn Dental Medicine, on the history of Penn Dental Medicine; and remarks by Dr. Keith Libou (D’84), President of the Alumni Society Executive Committee.
Five members of the Class of 2014 are legacy students with parents and grandparents who are Penn Dental Medicine alumni. They include Francis Forwood, son of Dr. Mark Forwood from the Penn Dental Medicine Class of 1977; Courtney Kilkuts, daughter of Dr. Arthur Kilkuts of the Class of 1980; Zachary Korwin, son of Dr. Robert Korwin of the Class of 1982; Anthony Sconzo, grandson of Dr. Anthony Egitto of the Class of 1946; and Ted Tso, son of Dr. Vincent Tso of the Class of 1985.
Following the presentation and introduction of each student in their white coats, the ceremony concluded with the reciting of the Penn Dental Medicine Professional Pledge, followed by a reception for all attendees. The White Coat Ceremony was among the many activities held during the four-day freshman orientation, which ran from August 16 through 19.
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