Celebrating Our Community
Graduation 2011: A Day of Dreams Come True

Top: Dr. Stuart M. Hirsch, right, the honorary torch bearer for the all-University Commencement Exercises, passes the NYU torch to Sana S. Qureshi, College of Arts and Science, the youngest NYU degree recipient for 2011. Bottom: From left: Dean Bertolami, Elyse Bloom, assistant dean for communications and public affairs, and Dr. Pamela Alston, recipient of the Alfano Award.

Above: Dean Bertolami, Dr. Allen L. Finkelstein, recipient of the Strusser Award, and Dr. Cosmo V. DeSteno, associate dean for clinical affairs; below, former NYUCD Dean and current NYU Executive Vice President Michael C. Alfano.

On May 26, 2011, the Class of 2011, including approximately 330 candidates for the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery, candidates for Advanced Education and Clinical Research Program certificates, MS degrees in clinical research, BS degrees in dental hygiene, and AAS degrees in dental hygiene, all saw their dreams come true as they received their degrees and certificates in front of a crowd of more than 2,700 people in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.

In addition to the conferral of degrees and certificates, highlights of the ceremony included welcoming remarks from NYU Executive Vice President Michael C. Alfano on behalf of New York University, presentation of the Michael C. Alfano Award for promoting diversity in dental education to Dr. Pamela Alston, dental director of the Alameda County Medical Center Department of Ambulatory Healthcare Services, and presentation of the Dr. Harry Strusser Memorial Award for contributions to improved public health to Dr. Allen L. Finkelstein, CEO of Bedford Healthcare Solutions.

"The NYU College of Dentistry today celebrates the achievements of our newest alumni, of the faculty, family, and friends who have guided them to this momentous day, and of our awardees, who have contributed so much to the dental profession," said Dean Bertolami. "Getting to this day," added Dean Bertolami, "has taken more than hard work, dedication, and discipline. It has also taken a commitment to educational excellence, a strong community service orientation, and a growing global perspective, all of which has made this class so special. We wish our graduates great success and happiness in the years ahead."