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Online commencement celebration honors Classes of 20202 min read

May 8, 2020

Online commencement celebration honors Classes of 20202 min read

Ann Arbor, Mich., May 8, 2020 – The School of Dentistry created an online Commencement Celebration for the Classes of 2020 since the coronavirus pandemic prevented the traditional in-person graduation ceremonies this spring.

The online presentation includes numerous videos, written messages, photo slideshows and other elements, including the traditional graduation recessional music. Dean Laurie McCauley provides welcoming remarks, followed by a message to graduates from guest speaker Rear Admiral Timothy Ricks, Chief Dental Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service.

Other highlights include a message from Dental Hygiene class president Allison Carron; a letter from Dental Hygiene Faculty Award winner Sheree Duff; a message from Rita Maizy, president of the DDS Class of 2020; a letter from Larry Salzmann, selected by the senior DDS class as the Paul Gibbons Faculty Award recipient; slideshows with photos of graduating students in each of the DH, DDS and MS/PhD programs; class members reciting the Dental Hygiene Pledge and Dentist’s Pledge; and a downloadable printed program listing all the 2020 graduates and their specific programs, honors and awards.

Click here to view the online commencement package.


The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation’s leading dental schools engaged in oral health care education, research, patient care and community service.  General dental care clinics and specialty clinics providing advanced treatment enable the school to offer dental services and programs to patients throughout Michigan.  Classroom and clinic instruction prepare future dentists, dental specialists and dental hygienists for practice in private offices, hospitals, academia and public agencies.  Research seeks to discover and apply new knowledge that can help patients worldwide.  For more information about the School of Dentistry, visit us on the Web at:  Contact: Lynn Monson, associate director of communications, at, or (734) 615-1971.