The look was different but the purpose was the same at this year’s Transitioning Into the Profession Ceremony. The Dental Surgery Class of 2022 and Dental Hygiene Class of 2021 were welcomed to the clinical phase of their educational programs Sept. 18.
As with many things in education during the pandemic, the ceremony was a hybrid affair. The class members got their white coats in person at the School of Dentistry — in appropriately small groups, with masks and distancing. And their families, friends, faculty and staff were able to see them and celebrate them online.
The DDS class members were split into three groups and the DH students were a fourth. Each group had its own ceremony, at which DDS students received their white coat and DH students their scrubs. Each also was able to have a portrait taken, without mask.
The ceremony included remarks by interim Dean Russ Melchert, who praised the students’ efforts and advancement. He also spoke of the importance of professionalism, noting that star athletes often display it — as do health care professionals such as Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Candid photos from the event here.
Team 1 Students
Watch the video of the ceremony here.