It was indeed a privilege and a pleasure to have had the opportunity to welcome you into the patient-care phase of your educational program through the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's White Coat Ceremony.
The White Coat Ceremony is a significant event, emphasizing the values of integrity, ethical behavior, respect for patients, and your responsibility to the community. I was pleased to see the members of the DDS Class of 2015, the IDS Class of 2015, and the Dental Hygiene Class of 2014 wear the white coat for the first time and recite and accept the professional oath; a special and wonderful moment in your lives.
The faculty and staff of the Dugoni School are extremely proud of you. They will continue to guide you as you become a competent and caring member of the dental health care profession.
You can now view pictures taken at the White Coat Ceremony and copies of the presentations made at the event. I hope you enjoyed the ceremony.
I wish you the greatest success as you continue your journey toward becoming a caring health care professional.
Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., DDS
"This is what you have worked hard for, to provide healthcare to people who need it so desperately, especially in our own clinics. One of the greatest things that will ever happen to you is when a patient gets out of the chair, hugs you, and thanks you for what you have done. Read >>
"By draping you with this white coat, we are asking you to evolve your moral identity and join a profession. By joining this profession you are being asked to adapt your moral views — and your view of yourself — to the norms of your professional group. Read >>
"Winston Churchill once said, 'We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.'" Read >>