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Dental School Marks 113th Commencement Ceremony

June  11, 2007

Commencement

Dr. Donald DeRosa, president of University of the Pacific, and Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., dean of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, conferred degrees upon 209 graduates in the DDS, International Dental Studies, AEGD, Graduate Orthodontics, OMFS and Dental Hygiene programs during the dental school's 113th Commencement Ceremony held June 10 at the Nob Hill Masonic Center.

Dr. Derry Shanley, chair of the Global Health Consortium and former dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Trinity College School of Medicine in Dublin, Ireland, delivered the commencement address. He addressed a crowd of more than 2,500 graduates and guests with his moving speech, "Primum non nocere," in which he discussed the responsibility of each graduate to the greater society worldwide.

"I encourage you to…[dedicate] yourselves to make this world more beautiful," Shanley said. "As professionals, we need to be aware of what constitutes beauty for others; nothing will give greater satisfaction or fulfillment if you do so; particularly focused on those most in need of your care and support."

Dr. Micah Porter delivered an emotional valedictory address, complimenting Dr. Shanley's sentiments about the importance of giving back to the community and making a difference for others.

"It is easy to get caught up in our daily rituals and forget what is really important," Porter said. "My hope is that each of you will take the time to enjoy the ones you are with…and do your best to make a difference in the lives you touch."

Porter, who ranked first in the DDS class of 139 students, received numerous honors and awards for his scholastic achievements. Joining him at the top of the Class of 2007 was Dr. Derid Ure, who was named salutorian, and Dr. Keiko Watanabe, who was named valedictorian of the International Dental Studies class.

Alumni/Graduate Banquet

Kicking off the graduation weekend on Friday, June 8, the dental school's Alumni Association hosted the 70th annual Alumni/Graduate Banquet at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco. The event provided an opportunity for the Alumni Association to welcome the graduating class. More than 400 guests donned black-tie attire and enjoyed dinner, an awards ceremony and dancing.

Alumni Association President Dr. Nava Fathi greeted the Class of 2007 and Dean Ferrillo presented awards to graduating students and residents. Additionally, student leaders, Drs. Tyler Nelson and Binh Dao, honored the following faculty members with teaching awards: Drs. Leigh Anderson, Gabriela Aron, C. Robert Breckenridge, Dudley Cheu, Jim Garibaldi, Lola Giusti, Brian Kenyon, Maritza Mendez, Paul Subar and Henry Vu.

Thanks A Bunch Brunch

On Saturday, June 9, graduating students expressed gratitude to more than 400 family members and friends for their support during the annual Thanks a Bunch Brunch in the Grand Ballroom of the Fairmont Hotel. Graduates recognized loved ones with Pacific's PhT (Putting him/her Through) certificates. During the event's ceremony, Drs. Russell Woodson, Jeffrey Kirk, Terry Hoover and Nader Nadershahi, group practice administrators, read special notes of thanks provided by each graduate to their PhT recipients.

Omicron Kappa Upsilon

Following the brunch, the Delta Delta Chapter of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor society held its annual convocation at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Only 12 percent of the top 20 percent of the graduating class are voted into the honor society by current OKU faculty members, based on leadership, character, and scholarship.

OKU Chapter President Dr. A. Jeffrey Wood and Dean Ferrillo inducted the following Class of 2007 graduates into OKU: Drs. Kevin Deutsch, Jonathan Fisher, Anita Ford, Lisa Kai, Lisa Ku, Stacey Lam, Michael Lindsay, Michelle Masuda, Christopher Olson, Drue Pickens, Micah Porter, Ashley Streeter, Jeffrey Tinloy, Derid Ure, Brent Winward, Xudong Yang, Allison Yen, Amish Patel-Choksi (IDS) and Keiko Watanabe (IDS). Faculty membership was extended to Dr. Joseph Zingale, instructor in the department of periodontics, and honorary membership was given to Margarita (Maggie) Robertson, assistant to the registrar and dental school employee for more than 30 years.

Category Type: Special Events

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu