On Friday, January 19, was the Dedication Ceremony for the Dental Hygiene Class of 2025, the International Dentist Program Class of 2025, and the Dentistry Class of 2027. This ceremony provides an opportunity for our students to publicly acknowledge their dedication and commitment to a life of service to humanity through Oral Health Care. The commitment to service and integrity is a cornerstone of the School philosophy.
Pastor Filip Milosavljevic gave the Homily about how hope can be found even in the darkest moments. He reminded them that despite all their hard work to get here, this was just the beginning. There would be moments of darkness where they would not feel like they would make it. Those were the moments they needed to persevere. To not give up hope. That the light at the end of the tunnel was worth the work.
The students and their accompanying family members or friends walked across the stage to receive their coats during the event. Some of the students celebrated the night by dancing and striking unique poses. Everyone stopped to shake hands with Dean Handyside and receive their School logo-embossed bible.
After receiving their coats and bibles, they were asked to stand up along with the faculty and any practicing dentists. Dr. Euni Cho then led everyone in reciting the dental pledge.
Sarah Gill, an IDP'25 member, delivered a beautiful Prayer of Commitment. The Recessional followed, with Kimo Smith playing the Recessional in C Major on the sanctuary organ.
It was a wonderful evening celebrating the students' achievements and commitment to serve. We extend our best wishes to the Dental Hygiene Class of 2025, International Dentist Program Class of 2025, and Dentistry Class of 2027.