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The Class of 2014 Joins the Professional Ranks

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Written by Adam Zewe

The dental and dental hygiene classes of 2014 officially joined the professional ranks during the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) Honors Convocation on Friday, May 16. One hundred twenty-six dental graduates were hooded and 32 dental hygiene graduates received pins during the ceremony, which was held at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.

Interim Dean Mark A. Reynolds, DDS '86, PhD, MA, congratulated the graduates and wished them well on future endeavors. "We are so proud of our graduates and so appreciative of the families, friends and loved ones who have supported them through this educational journey. We celebrate with you, we are here for you and we look forward to working with you as your careers continue to unfold," says Reynolds.

Student Dental Association President Alyssa Litkowski, DDS '14, applauded her peers for reaching this milestone. "We started with one goal and now we have many dreams. Congratulations class of 2014," Litkowski says.

During the ceremony, Associate Professor Stuart Prymas, DDS, received the Russell A. Gigliotti Memorial Award, which is presented each year to an exceptional faculty member who is selected by the graduating dental class. Associate Professor Ivan Fried, DDS, was honored with the annual Frank J. Sinnreich, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The ceremony felt surreal for Gavin Michaels, DDS '14. He is looking forward to returning to his home state of North Carolina to begin a career in private practice. "This feels like a huge weight coming off my shoulders. Dental school has been a long road, but I'm proud to reach this point," states Michaels.

For Hannah Saulsbury, RDH '14, the ceremony was bittersweet. Though she feels sad to leave friends and professors, Saulsbury says she is excited to start the next chapter. "I would like to care for the underserved on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I want to use what I've learned to help those in need," she remarks.

Click here to see a photo gallery from Honors Convocation.

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  • Posting Date: 05/16/2014