A Very Different Commencement

Dear Dugoni School Family,

Thank you for what you have done this week as we slowly welcomed back students on campus for simulation experiences and completed more of the close-out process for our Class of 2020. It is a bittersweet time, as we are so happy for our graduates, but will miss seeing many of them in person as they move forward in the next steps of their careers and lives.

This week, our faculty have started to see priority clinical cases. Our faculty-led emergency care has continued, our Faculty Dental Practice started seeing patients on Monday, and our Orthodontic Clinic and Oral Surgery Clinic have also started to see patients. There will be great demand in the community for oral healthcare and I am so encouraged that we are able to slowly re-open our clinical services in a safe way to care for our community and then begin to incorporate students and residents in the delivery of oral health care.

Thanks again for all who were part of our successful simulation-based WREB exams last weekend. This first-of-its-kind effort has made some news! Please read a story in Dentistry Today that highlights the Dugoni School’s collaborative approach and quotes some of our students. Read the story here.

A reminder that this Sunday at 2:00 pm, we will be celebrating the Class of 2020 through a Virtual Awards program. The Zoom link has been sent to the Class of 2020 specifically for their use, and other students, residents, faculty, and staff can watch the YouTube Live stream. If you are unable to watch, the program will be recorded and available afterwards.

A variety of awards that are typically presented during the Alumni/Graduate Banquet will be announced. Thanks to the planning team involved in creating this special online event for our graduates. This Sunday would have been our commencement ceremony, but we have postponed our commencement to a future time when we can plan for an in-person gathering, as requested by the graduating class.

I also want to thank and recognize our ASDA Chapter for organizing the Charity Trivia online event this Saturday night at 7:00 pm. This event is open to the Dugoni School family, as well as all dental schools in the District 11 region. Thank you to the ASDA Community Outreach Team for your work on this special social event that will help raise money for a good cause.  Thank you to so many of you who are displaying our value of leadership through all that is going on in our society.  You will help shape and change the world.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead