Current Students and Residents

White Coat Ceremony

White Coat Ceremony, Palace of Fine Arts, July 2008

Welcome to DDS and IDS 2010, Dental Hygiene 2009

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 delighted to see the members of the DDS Class of 2010, the IDS Class of 2010, and the Dental Hygiene Class of 2009 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.

Please click the links below to read the presentations made at the event. Photos of the ceremony are now available online. 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