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    Transitioning Ceremony Welcomes Dentistry, Dental Hygiene Classes to Patient Care

    Care. Dedication. Trust. Integrity. Respect. Compassion. Responsibility. Self- Improvement. These were some of the words emphasized by the students and speakers at the annual Transitioning Into the Profession Ceremony.

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    Past AEP Participants

    Five 2022 Graduates of the UMKC School of Dentistry participated in the school's Admissions Enhancement Program, which has been expanded and renamed Students Training in Academia, Health, and Research, or STAHR. This year's graduates included Samvid Desai (2016), Rukevwe Erhenede (2017), Zaynab Hussam (2017), Taylor Johnson (2016) and Mahaam Qadeer (2017).

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    Military Commissioning Ceremony

    Thomas Lawlis, Captain, Army National Guard
    Stationed at: Kansas Army National Guard, Lenexa, Kansas

    Tevin Renken, Captain, U.S. Army
    Stationed at: Fort Benning, Columbus, Georgia

    Gerald Lutz, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
    Stationed at: Naval Branch Health Clinic,
    Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California

    Joseph Zelasko, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
    Stationed at: Norfolk Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia

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    The Family Legacy Continues

    Family members who are UMKC School of Dentistry alumni themselves served as Legacy Hooders at the school’s Hooding Ceremony. The lasting memories were made inside Swinney Recreational Center on the UMKC Volker Campus.

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    Advanced Education Dental Certificates

    Advanced Education in General Dentistry
    Hannah Lowe, D.M.D.3
    Elaheh Salehi Oka, D.M.D.3
    Amanda Tran, D.D.S.3

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    Graduate Degrees

    Oral and Craniofacial sciences Interdisciplinary PH.D.
    Saleha Nisar, Ph.D.3

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    Senior Scholarship Day

    The annual senior scholarship day celebrated the accomplishments of the Class of 2022 with awards and special presentations. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

    Dean’s Academic Distinction Award
    Brandie Simonsen

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    Congratulations, 2022 Graduates!

    After years of caution and sacrifice, UMKC and the School of Dentistry celebrated the Class of 2022 with both in person and live-streamed events. Many graduates attended the live ceremony at Kauffman Stadium.

    Graduation followed a hooding ceremony for the D.D.S. class in Swinney Recreation Center. The dental hygiene class had its own event as well, Senior Scholarship Day.

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