Commencement: Sendoff for the Class of 2018

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A graduate dons festive leis and balloons after the School of Dentistry commencement ceremony. Photos by Elisabeth Fall

James Giblin, Richard Mogensen, Jasmine Thomas

Jasmine Thomas salutes as Drs. James Giblin and Richard Mogensen adjust her hood.

Sunny skies and a gentle breeze ushered in a memorable commencement day June 11 for the UCSF School of Dentistry’s graduating classes of 2018. Students and families made their way to San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, where doctoral, master’s in dental hygiene, and DDS scholars took part in the time-honored hooding ceremony.


A unique convergence of events resulted in three School of Dentistry deans taking part in the ceremony: Incoming Dean Michael Reddy, DDS, DMSc addressed the graduates; John D.B. Featherstone, MSc, PhD, dean emeritus, presented the Elizabeth Fuhriman Gardner Awards (to Carolina Montoya, MS, and Patrick Wolfgram, DDS); and Associate Dean Mark Kirkland, DDS, FACD, who just concluded his service as interim dean, presented the graduating class. Taking the theme further still: The commencement address was delivered by Patrick Lloyd, DDS, MS, dean of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.

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