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UMSOD Congratulates the Class of 2012

The University of Maryland School of Dentistry congratulates the members of the Dental and Dental Hygiene Classes of 2012. One-hundred-nineteen DDS candidates were hooded and 45 dental hygiene candidates received pins during the Honors Convocation Ceremony at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on Friday, May 18.

During the ceremony, Dean Christian S. Stohler, DMD, DrMedDent, lauded the Class of 2012 as well as the graduates who received the Dean's Community Service Awards.

"As you move on with your careers, remember that we will continue to encourage and support you. The school is like a family, and you are welcome back any time," Dean Stohler remarks.

He also recognized Dr. Morton Wood, Dr. John Richard Bradbury and Dr. Ed Grace, three long-time professors who will enter retirement. Assistant Professor Cynthia Idzik-Starr, DDS, was presented with the annual Frank J. Sinnreich, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Dean Stohler honored H. Berton McCauley, DDS '36, with the Dean's Achievement Award. Dr. McCauley, a dental pioneer, health care advocate, donor and friend of UMSOD, was the driving force behind water fluoridation in the City of Baltimore.

As the graduates filed out of the auditorium, amidst the applause of proud family members, they reflected on their time in school and future careers.

"Graduating is bittersweet. I'm sad for school to end, but I'm ready to start a career," states Jenny Forrest, an Eastern Shore dental hygiene graduate. She plans to seek employment in Salisbury or Berlin, Md.

"It feels surreal. I can't believe graduation is finally here. Dental school was a long journey, but it was definitely fulfilling and humbling," remarks dental graduate Matthew Kruszewski. Dr. Kruszewski intends to complete a general practice residency at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, before pursuing specialty training in endodontics.

"Being here at graduation is the best feeling ever. Dental school was the hardest work I have ever had to do in my life, but it was totally worth it," declares Carrie Philbin, DDS '12. She looks forward to establishing a private practice in Northern Virginia.

Bryce Quinn, DDS '12, is still trying to get used to being called a doctor. "My family and friends are already asking me for free dental care," he jokes. Dr. Quinn will enter private practice with his father in Hampton, Va.

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