Spring 2006 Table of Contents
Celebrating Our Community
Colleges of Dentistry and Nursing Celebrate Graduations

From left: Dean Alfano, Jack Klugman, Sam Champion

From left: Dean Alfano with Kriser Medal recipient Dr. Jonathan Ferencz

From left: Mr. Brian Hill, Founder and Executive Director, The Oral Cancer Foundation, presents The Oral Cancer Foundation Award to NYUCD

From left: Commissioner Novello, Dr. Susan-Bowar Ferres, recipient of the NYUCN Distinguished Alumnus Award, Dean Fulmer, Mrs. Giuliani

On May 8, the NYU College of Nursing (NYUCN) held its first-ever graduation ceremony after nearly 75 years as a division of the Steinhardt School of Education. Elevated to the stature of a College within the NYU College of Dentistry in September 2005, the graduation saw Dr. Antonia Novello, the New York State Health Commissioner, deliver the graduation address. Mrs. Judith Giuliani, a registered nurse and the wife of the former Mayor, received the NYUCN Humanitarian Award in recognition of her outstanding efforts on behalf of New Yorkers following the September 2001 terrorist attacks. The ceremony was held at the New Amsterdam Theatre in mid-town Manhattan. Of the 289 graduates, 175 received bachelor's degrees, 97 received master's degrees, nine received doctoral degrees and eight received advanced certificates.

Days later, on May 11, NYUCD celebrated its own graduation at The Theater at Madison Square Garden with Dr. Jonathan L. Ferencz delivering the keynote address. Dr. Ferencz, an alumnus of the College and a faculty member, also serves as a Special Assistant to the Dean and a member of the Dean's Advisory Council. Dr. Ferencz received the David B. Kriser Medal in recognition of his contributions and commitment to postgraduate prosthodontic education at NYU and the future of the dental profession.

Three-time Emmy Award winner and oral cancer survivor Jack Klugman received the Dr. Harry Strusser Memorial Award. Mr. Klugman, who created the indelible characters of Oscar Madison in "The Odd Couple" and Quincy in "Quincy, M.E.", was recognized for his nationally-televised public service announcements educating the public about the importance of early detection of oral cancer.

The College presented 44 Advanced Education Program certificates, three certificates in clinical research, 10 master of science degrees in clinical research, five master's degrees in biomaterials, 66 associate in applied science degrees in dental hygiene, three bachelor's degrees in dental hygiene, and 326 DDS degrees.