Celebrating Our Community
White Coat Ceremonies Welcome New Students

"White Coat Ceremonies: Assistant Dean Anthony Palatta addressing Advanced Placement DDS Program students. "

"DDS Program participants at their White Coat Ceremony. "

"Assistant Dean Cheryl Westphal, far right, and the incoming dental hygiene program class at their White Coat Ceremony. "

NYUCD welcomed incoming students in the DDS, Advanced Placement DDS, AAS, and BS in Dental Hygiene programs with separate, formal White Coat Ceremonies in 2009, marking the first time that the College has held three such events in one year.

Each ceremony featured welcoming remarks by Dean Bertolami, recitation of a Student Pledge affirming a commitment to professionalism, humanism, integrity, and ethics, and, most dramatically, the donning of white coats by students for the first time. Dr. Anthony Palatta, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions, and Professor Cheryl Westphal, Assistant Dean for Allied Health Programs and Director of Dental Hygiene Programs, also spoke at the DDS and Dental Hygiene Program ceremonies, respectively.

"It is with great pride that we recognize students in each of these programs with their own dedicated annual White Coat Ceremony," said Dean Bertolami. "The presentation of white coats by faculty members is an important symbolic way to convey to students that they can count on the faculty to help them uphold the high standards we have set for them."