NYUCD's tradition of welcoming incoming students with a White Coat Ceremony expanded in fall 2008, with the addition of a separate, formal White Coat Ceremony for students in the Advanced Placement DDS program, who begin their classes in June. The Advanced Placement Program is designed for internationally trained dentists who want to practice dentistry in the United States.
"The White Coat Ceremony symbolizes the commitment of our faculty to be with students every step of the way from day one," said Mr. Steve Bolan, Director of Student Affairs. "In order to deliver this message to all of our students as soon as possible upon their arrival at NYUCD, we have decided to hold separate White Coat Ceremonies each year for the incoming advanced placement and DDS program classes."
Following the White Coat Ceremony for Advanced Placement students in July, the DDS Program Class of 2012 was welcomed in September with its own White Coat Ceremony. Both ceremonies featured welcoming remarks by Dean Bertolami, recitation of a Student Pledge affirming commitment to
professionalism, humanism, integrity, and ethics, and, most dramatically, the donning of white coats by students for the first time.