By School of Dentistry - August 1, 2012
Held Friday evening, May 25, at Loma Linda’s Campus Hill Church, the School of Dentistry’s annual pinning ceremony for graduating dental hygiene students provides a meaningful preamble to their baccalaureate and commencement services.
Included in this high evening is the presentation of 16 awards to dental hygiene students (see listing below).
The Loma Linda University School of Dentistry Department of Dental Hygiene graduating class of 2012
The pinning ceremony tradition gives each class the opportunity to publicly accept the responsibilities that accompany their profession as caregivers and to pledge “before God and all present … I will live my life in a way that brings honor to my family, my profession, my community, my school, and my God.”

Dental Hygiene awards

Dean’s Award
   Yatziri Ortega
Klooster Humanitarian Award
   Alexandra Knight
Violet Bates Award
   Solomon Iyesusab
Student of the Year Award
   Julianne Souza
Clinician’s Award
   Joselyn Garcia
Middleton Award
   Michelle Kaiser
Mitchell Award
   Solomon Iyesusab
California Dental Hygienists’ Association Outstanding Leadership Award
   Kim-Phung Truong
American Association of Public Health Dentistry
   Kim-Phung Truong
Colgate STAR Award
   Kim-Phung Truong
Sigma Phi Alpha Award
   Kim-Phung Truong
Service Learning (DH) Award
   Darwin Redil
Tri-County Dental Hygienist’s Society Award
   Brianna Pickens
Western Society of Periodontology Award
   Amanda Armand
Joni Stephen’s Preventive Dentistry Award for Research
   Debra Gruzensky
   Jeanne Gustafson
   Julianne Souza
Special Service Award
   Class of 2012