On May 22, 2007, the Class of 2007 was honored at a joyous graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden. The College presented 46 Advanced Education Program Certificates; five certificates in clinical research; eight master of science degrees in clinical research; one master’s degree in biomaterials; 73 associate in applied science degrees in dental hygiene; one bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene; and 329 DDS degrees.
Additional highlights of the ceremony included the keynote address presented by former Dean Michael C. Alfano, now Executive Vice President of New York University, who received the David B. Kriser Medal; and presentation of the Strusser Memorial Award for distinguished contributions to improved public health to actress Mary Tyler Moore, for her service as International Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
In presenting the Kriser Medal to Dean Alfano, Interim Dean Richard I. Vogel said, "As Dean of the NYU College of Dentistry from 1998 to 2006, you were an extraordinary leader, transforming NYUCD into an institution that is recognized today as one of the nation’s top schools, and setting it on a path to become the dental institution with the greatest impact globally on the health of society. Equally important, your vision catalyzed the growth of an outstanding community of scholars, and your collegiality, sincerity and decency fostered the creation of a remarkable esprit de corps among students, faculty and staff."