NYUCD's tradition of welcoming dental students with a White Coat Ceremony expanded in January 2009, with the addition of a formal White Coat Ceremony dedicated exclusively to recognizing students in the AAS and BS in Dental Hygiene programs.
The ceremony featured welcoming remarks by Dean Bertolami and Professor Cheryl Westphal, Assistant Dean for Allied Health Programs and Director of the Dental Hygiene Program, as well as recitation of a Student Pledge affirming commitment to professionalism, humanism, integrity, and ethics, and, most dramatically, the donning of white coats by dental hygiene students for the first time.
"It is with great pride that we recognize our dental hygiene students," said Dean Bertolami, "who are poised to become tomorrow’s leaders in dental hygiene."
"Offering dental hygiene students the opportunity to take the pledge is a way of demonstrating our very high expectations for them," said Professor Westphal. "Moreover, the presentation of white coats by faculty members is a symbolic way to convey that students can count on the faculty to help them uphold the high standards we have set for them."