Philadelphia – The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine welcomed its incoming class of DMD students with its annual White Coat Ceremony, held Monday, August 20, 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 2016 as they began their study of dental medicine.
This annual tradition 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 121 students – 54 men and 67 women, representing five foreign countries and 21 states. “The white coats you receive distinguish you for what you are now, sources of pride for your families, and as men and women who will carry on the finest traditions of the University of Pennsylvania,” said Morton Amsterdam Dean Denis Kinane in the program’s welcoming remarks.
The program also included a keynote address by Dr. Afaf Meleis, the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and a presentation by Dr. D. Walter Cohen (C’47, D’50), Dean Emeritus of Penn Dental Medicine on the history of Penn Dental Medicine.
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 is among the many activities held during the four-day freshman orientation, August 20 through 23.
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