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Commencement 2017

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Commencement is a celebratory event — the culmination of years of study and hard work, commemorating a student's completion of the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree program. The bestowal of the ceremonial hood marks a special moment in the presence of family and friends — an opportunity to reflect upon their time in the School of Dentistry, and to look ahead to future endeavors.

Student Profiles

Read some of the stories of our graduates! 

About Commencement 2017

  • When: Wednesday, June 14, 11 a.m.
  • Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
  • Who: 2017 graduates of the DDS, IDP and Dental Hygiene programs.
  • New: View the ceremony online via live stream on the school's YouTube channel.
  • Share: Include the hashtag #UCSFDent17 in your posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Faculty: RSVPs for the ceremony are no longer being accepted.

Commencement Speaker: Jeffory Eaton, DDS '83

Jeffory EatonFaculty member Jeffory Eaton, DDS, is this year's commencement speaker. Dr. Eaton graduated with his DDS from UCSF School of Dentistry in 1983.  Along with maintaining a private practice in San Mateo, Calif., since 1994 he has been a volunteer faculty member and is one of the longest continuously serving volunteer members of the Community Dental Clinic program. He has been an outstanding contributor to the work of the Community Dental Clinic, even more so since becoming its faculty director in 2015. 

Dr. Eaton has participated in numerous dental missions outside of the country, was awarded the volunteer faculty of the year award by the Dean's Office in 1995, and by the students in 1995, 2001 and 2012 for his work with the homeless program. He was a Chancellor's Award nominee last year for community service. 

Each year the UCSF Dental Alumni Association awards its Medal of Honor to one or two very special alumni. This award is the highest honor bestowed on a living alumnus by the Dental Alumni Association. Dr. Eaton is one of the two awardees this year.

Frequently asked questions

  1. Is a ticket required?
  2. How many guests can graduates invite?
    Eight (8): Six tickets for seating in Herbst Theatre; two for seating in the upstairs Atrium Theatre, where the ceremony can be viewed via live-stream.
  3. How early should guests arrive?
    Doors to seating open 45 minutes before the ceremony. Guest seating is first-come, first-served — no assigned reserved seats.
  4. How long does the commencement ceremony last?
    About two hours.
  5. Can I videotape the ceremony?
    Yes, if you don't obstruct the views of others. Tripods are not allowed.
  6. Will there be a place where graduates can store valuables during the ceremony?
    No. Graduates should leave valuables and personal possessions with family or friends.
  7. Guests with disabilities
    If you need reasonable accommodations for this event, contact the Office of Student Services, 415.476.1101, by Monday, May 29. Some accommodations (e.g., sign language interpretation and real-time captioning) may take longer to arrange.