September 6, 2022

White Coat Ceremony Welcomes New DDS and DHY Students

White lab coats draped over auditorium chairs

The College of Dentistry welcomed its new dental hygiene and dental students at the White Coat Ceremony held August 22.

Nearly a thousand friends and family members attended the event at the Mershon Auditorium. Speakers included Dean Carroll Ann Trotman; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Darryl Hamamoto; Dental Alumni Society President Jeffrey Kirian; Ohio Dental Hygienists' Association President Shannon Sweeney; and Ohio Dental Association President Thomas Kelly.

The annual event marks the beginning of the professional educational experience of the dental hygiene Class of 2024 and the dental Class of 2026. This year's DDS class includes 120 students: 104 from Ohio and 16 from out-of-state. The dental hygiene class has 32 students; 31 from Ohio and 1 from out-of-state.

Welcoming the new students and their guests, Dean Trotman said, "This White Coat Ceremony is the first step on your journey to becoming dental professionals. Other dental schools across the country would have welcomed you, but we're so glad you chose us -- THE Ohio State University College of Dentistry -- for your dental education. I welcome you all as the newest members of our college community, and I look forward to the years we will spend together!"

View White Coat photos here.