WHAT: The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine will host its annual White Coat Ceremony in celebration of the incoming class of dental medicine and dental hygiene students. This is Dr. Bernard Costello’s first White Coat Ceremony as the school’s dean.
White coats will be presented by School of Dental Medicine leadership:
- Bernard J. Costello, D.M.D., M.D., dean
- Christine Wankiiri-Hale, D.M.D., associate dean for student affairs
- Marnie Oakley, D.M.D., senior associate dean for clinical and faculty affairs
- Angelina Riccelli, director, Dental Hygiene Program
Seven Class of 2022 legacy students will receive coats from their alumni relatives.
WHY: The White Coat Ceremony signifies the entry of first-year students into the dental profession. This tradition welcomes incoming students to the School of Dental Medicine by granting students white coats symbolizing their careers in dental medicine and dental hygiene.
Pitt will livestream the ceremony on Facebook and the Pitt Dental Medicine website. The event is supported by the Harry K. Zohn, D.M.D., and Cecile A. Feldman, D.M.D., White Coat Endowment Fund, as well as contributions from alumni and friends.
WHO: University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine faculty, alumni, students and their families.
WHEN: 3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 27
WHERE: Scaife Hall, Auditoriums 5 and 6, University of Pittsburgh, 3550 Terrace St., Pittsburgh, 15261. Reception to follow in the Salk Hall Pavilion Research Tower Atrium.
Note to Media: To cover this event, prior arrangements must be made by contacting Courtney Caprara at CapraraCL@upmc.edu or 412-592-8134.