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Dental Hygiene Student Achievement Celebrated at Annual Pinning Ceremony

May  03, 2012

Twenty-three students from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's Dental Hygiene Program were recently honored during the school's annual Pinning Program, an event which acknowledges academic achievement and serves as a precursor to graduation. During the April 28 ceremony, students listened to remarks from professors and administrators and received pins to welcome them into practice.

After opening remarks from Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., Dental Hygiene Program Director Deborah Horlak introduced guests, faculty and staff. The students then each received a pin to symbolize their transition from academia into the clinic.

A handful of students were also presented awards for their unique dedication to areas such as community service, leadership and patient care. Grace Trayser won the Hu-Friedly Golden Scaler Award; Candace Green won the Colgate Oral Health Advisor STAR Award; Crystal Rodriguez won the American Association of Public Health Dentistry Community Outreach Award; Kristin Denham and Candace Green received the California Dental Hygiene Educators' Association Scholarship; and Ashley Beels won the California Dental Hygienists Association Student Leadership Award.

Students with academic excellence were also honored. Three members of the Class of 2012 earned graduation with the highest honors based on grades: Alexandra Fletcher, Candace Green and Julia Ma. Alexandra Fletcher also was inducted into the academic honor society Phi Kappa Phi.

"Congratulations to the members of the Dental Hygiene Class of 2012. Successful completion of this program is a tremendous accomplishment," said Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr. "I'd like to welcome the Class of 2012 into our great alumni family and look forward to seeing them grow in the profession."

Following the ceremony, students, along with their families and friends, mingled at a reception in the dental clinic, giving guests the opportunity to see where the graduates have spent time learning and treating patients in recent years.

The Dugoni School of Dentistry's Dental Hygiene Program is the nation's first 36-month program leading to a bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene. By integrating education, experiential learning and clinical practice, students learn to work with the dentist and the dental team to treat a wide variety of patients. Details about the program are available at the link below.

Category Type: Special Events, Honors and Awards, University

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