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Pinning Ceremony Celebrates Dental Hygiene Student Achievement

Students in the dental hygiene program had their pinning ceremony on May 1, 2010.

May  05, 2010

Twenty-two 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 achievements and serves as a precursor to graduation. During the May 1 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 practice.

A handful of students were presented awards for their unique dedication to areas such as community service, leadership and patient care: Lisa Wu received the Achievement in Community Dentistry Award; Cindy Ha received the Golden Scaler Award; Nathalie Prado Lopez received the Colgate STAR Award; and Lisa Wu received the Student American Dental Hygienists' Association Leadership Award.

Students invited to join national honor societies were acknowledged during the ceremony. Students inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society this year were Ashley August, Roan Espino, Cindy Ha and Lisa Wu. Hygiene students inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society were Ashley August, Abdul Ghadiali and My-Tien Nguyen. Lastly, four members of the Class of 2010 earned graduation with the highest honors based on grades. These students are Ashley August, Cindy Ha, Ashley Goerlich and Lisa Wu.

"I would like to commend the members of the Class of 2010 for their successful completion of the Dental Hygiene Program, and would like to welcome them into practice," said Ferrillo. "Successful completion of this program is not easy and takes countless hours of hard work. This is a significant accomplishment."

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 over the past two 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.

Category Type: Honors and Awards, Special Events, University

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