The College of Dentistry welcomed its new dental hygiene and dental students at the White Coat Ceremony held August 21.
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 Treasurer Dale Anne Featheringham; Ohio Dental Hygienists' Association President Kelly Oberg; and Ohio Dental Association Vice President Hal Jeter.
The annual event marks the beginning of the professional educational experience of the dental hygiene Class of 2025 and the dental Class of 2027. This year's DDS class includes 120 students: 104 from Ohio and 16 from out-of-state. The dental hygiene class has 35 students; 32 from Ohio and 3 from out-of-state.
Welcoming the students, Dean Trotman said, "This ceremony is a rite of passage. It symbolizes the beginning of your path to becoming dental professionals, and it is an official welcome to all of you as members of our college community. We are glad you chose THE Ohio State University College of Dentistry for your education and training. You have a wonderful future to look forward to, and we are honored to share this part of the journey with you!"