On May 25, 2010, the NYUCD Class of 2010, including approximately 350 candidates for the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery, as well as candidates for Advanced Education certificates, MS degrees in clinical research, BS degrees in dental hygiene, and AAS degrees in dental hygiene, saw their dreams come true as they received the appropriate academic degree or certificate in front of a crowd of nearly 3,000 people in the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
In addition to the conferral of degrees and certificates, highlights of the graduation ceremony included presentation of the Dr. Michael C. Alfano Award for Promoting Diversity in Dental Education to Dr. Rueben C. Warren, Director of the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University, and the Dr. Harry Strusser Memorial Award for distinguished contributions to improved public health to Ms. Saundra Thomas, Vice President for Community Affairs at WABC-TV. Ms. Thomas has played a pivotal role in sustaining a 25-year partnership between NYUCD and WABC-TV to provide free annual dental screenings for New Yorkers. (See related story.)
"The NYU College of Dentistry today celebrates the achievements of our newest alumni and of the faculty who have guided them to this momentous day," said Dean Bertolami. "With their strong educational background, community-service orientation, and global perspective, the members of the Class of 2010 are poised to advance dentistry in dramatic ways. We cheer the hard work, discipline, and dedication that has led them to this day, and we wish them great success and happiness in the years ahead."