July 19, 2008
Good morning. I am Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., dean of the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. It gives me a great deal of pleasure to welcome you on behalf of the faculty, staff, and students.
The White Coat Ceremony is another step in the journey for these outstanding men and women. For many of them, this week begins that part of their training which includes the delivery of oral health services to the public. They have worked incredibly hard to reach this point. I know they are anxious and perhaps a little stressed. Even at my age, I can still remember that first patient interaction. They are assuming a major responsibility.
I know they are up for the challenge. This great faculty will be supporting them through this learning experience.
Congratulations and welcome to the dental profession.