In my role as dean, I have the pleasure of meeting with graduates of our dental school on a regular basis, at everything from social activities hosted by our Alumni Association to informal dinners and official school events. I consider myself extremely lucky to have the chance to interact with our network of great alumni so often.
February signals the start of a busy time of year at school. I always look forward to the many spring events and traditions our school celebrates, and the lead up to Commencement Weekend when we welcome new graduates into the fold of the alumni family.
In February I attended the Asilomar Conference in Pacific Grove, California, an annual retreat for our soon-to-be graduates, as well as an event in which we welcome back certain reunion classes for a weekend by the ocean. I love seeing our alumni reunite with one another at this event, and I thoroughly enjoy reconnecting with them myself. This year we hosted the twenty-year reunion class of 1992 and the five-year reunion class of 2007. It was fun to hear about their lives, and of course, their memories of dental school.
Each year in March, the school hosts our Annual Alumni Meeting. This is the weekend when more than 1,600 alums and guests descend upon San Francisco to partake in continuing education courses, reunion dinners, our alumni luncheon, hosted reception, and the not-to-be-missed Legacy Ball. I feel invigorated by our alumni during the weekend, and this year (our 113th annual!) was no different. I had the opportunity to chat with many of our distinguished alums, and the pleasure of attending numerous reunion dinners throughout the city.
I say with confidence that our strong network of alumni is something that sets the Dugoni School of Dentistry apart from all other schools. I am humbled by the accomplishments of our graduates, and inspired to continue to make the Dugoni School a place where we send forth the very best dentists into the world.
So cheers to you, Pacific Dugoni alumni — I look forward to seeing you at future events.