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Dugoni School of Dentistry Commencement Weekend Celebrates Class of 2012

DDS Class Valedictorian Kurt Goodell with University President Pamela Eibeck.

June  12, 2012

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry community gathered in San Francisco June 8-10 to celebrate the school's graduating classes of 2012. Graduates joined family, friends, faculty, staff and alumni in numerous celebratory events spanning the commencement weekend.

The school's 118th annual Commencement Ceremony was held at San Francisco's Masonic Auditorium on June 10. University President Pamela Eibeck and Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr. addressed the class and conferred degrees upon graduates in the DDS, IDS, AEGD, Dental Hygiene, Graduate Orthodontics and OMFS programs.

DDS Valedictorian Kurt Goodell and IDS Valedictorian Rupinderpal Singh also addressed their fellow graduates. Both Goodell and Singh ranked first in their respective classes and received numerous honors and awards for scholastic achievements.

Alumni/Graduate Banquet

Alumni of the dental school welcomed the new graduates and celebrated their accomplishments during a black-tie event on Friday, June 8. Held this year at San Francisco's InterContinental Hotel, the annual Alumni/Graduate Banquet provides an opportunity for the Alumni Association to officially recognize the graduates as alumni of the school. More than 350 guests enjoyed dinner, awards and dancing.

During the event Dr. Eugene Santucci, the Alumni Association president, greeted the graduates while Dr. Craig Yarborough, associate dean for institutional advancement, presented awards to graduating students and residents. The event also included remarks from Dr. Maria Pallavicini, provost of University of the Pacific, Dean Ferrillo and Greg Gardner, who most recently served as president of the Associated Student Body.

The Class of 2012 also presented their class gift at the banquet: a check in the amount of $25,000 to the Pacific Dugoni Annual Fund.  Class participation for contributing to the class gift was at 97.5 percent.

Thanks a Bunch Brunch

Class of 2012 graduate Eric Blasingame and family at Thanks a Bunch Brunch.

Thanks a Bunch Brunch

On Saturday, June 9, at the Thanks a Bunch Brunch at the Fairmont Hotel's historic Venetian Room, graduating students expressed gratitude to family members and friends for their support during dental school. Graduates recognized loved ones with notes of thanks, which were read aloud by the group practice leaders, Drs. Kalid Aziz, Mark Booth, Lisa Itaya and Russell Woodson. 

Omicron Kappa Upsilon

On the evening of June 9, the Delta Delta Chapter of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) national dental honor society held its annual convocation, at the Olympic Club. Only the top 12 percent of the graduating class are voted into the honor society by current OKU faculty members, who make their selections based on leadership, character and scholarship. 

OKU Chapter President Dr. Heidi Hausauer and Dean Ferrillo inducted the following Class of 2012 graduates into OKU (listed in alphabetical order): Maryam Ajami, Steven Alexander, Christopher Charles, Christine Fortmann, Martin Galstyan, Maryse Gellad, Kurt Goodell, Eugene Han, Graham Hearn, Annie Huang, Prajakta Kamat (IDS), Kenley Michaud, William Noh, Kevin Robertson, Rupinderpal Singh (IDS), Kristina Svensson, Daniel Unzicker and Chirag Vaid.

OKU Convocation Dinner 2012

Dr. Heidi Hausauer, Dr. Robert Christoffersen, IDS Class Valedictorian Rupinderpal Singh, Dean Ferrillo (left to right) at the OKU convocation event.

Faculty membership was extended to Drs. Terry Hoover and Ned Nix, and honorary membership was extended to President Eibeck.

Phi Kappa Phi

With a focus on higher education, Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary honor society in existence. Admission is by invitation only and requires both superior scholarship and good character as criteria for membership. The name Phi Kappa Phi comes from the initial letters of the Greek words forming its adopted motto: Philosophia krateito photon.

Members selected from the Class of 2012 (in alphabetical order) are: Maryam Ajami, Steven Alexander, Christopher Charles, Alexandra Fletcher (Dental Hygiene), Martin Galstyan, Maryse Gellad, Eugene Han, Graham Hearn, Jia Huang, Kurt Goodell, Prajakta Kamat (IDS), Kenley Michaud, Kevin Robertson, Rupinderpal Singh (IDS), Kristina Svensson, Daniel Unzicker and Chirag Vaid.

Tau Kappa Omega

Tau Kappa Omega, an honor society in dentistry, was established at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1927 for promotion of honor and service to the alma mater. Students are admitted on the basis of ideals, scholarship and character.

Members selected from the DDS Class of 2012 (in alphabetical order) are: Maryam Ajami, Steven Alexander, Annalee Asbury, Amy Au, Christopher Charles, Grace Chen, Benjamin Cluff, Kellie Cramm, Lindsay Essenmacher, John Feusier, Christine Fortmann, Martin Galstyan, Maryse Gellad, Kurt Goodell, Blake Gutierrez, Eugene Han, Graham Hearn, Enos Heinzen, Annie Jia Huang, Natalie Luu, Greer McMichael, Neema Mehrkhodavandi, Kenley Michaud, William Noh, Eunji Park, Sheena Phan, Marisa Podesto, Jeffrey Rector, Kevin Robertson, Brandon Schiffner, Richard Sellen, Aashima Sharma, Tyler Shumway, Stacy Silva, Jennifer Silvers, Thomas Stater, Jr., Kristina Svensson, Ashley Takiguchi, Jamie Tsukamaki, Emily Tung, Daniel Unzicker and Chirag Vaid.

Members selected from the IDS Class of 2012 (in alphabetical order) are Drs. Maria Gutierrez Quevedo, Prajakta Kamat, Diviya Khiria, Manik Mohan, Toral Pandya, Srikanth Papisetti and Rupinderpal Singh.

Category Type: Special Events, Honors and Awards, University

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