Global Health Nexus, Spring 2000

U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher to Present NYU Dentistry Graduation Keynote Address

Dr. David Satcher, the surgeon general of the United States, will deliver the keynote address at the College of Dentistry graduation ceremony on May 24, 2000, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The graduation ceremony will be the largest in NYU Dentistry's history. In addition to candidates for the D.D.S. degree, the B.S. degree in dental health education, and the A.A.S. degree in dental hygiene, the ceremony will also include candidates for Advanced Education Program certificates.

In recent years, the graduation ceremony has been held at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center and at Carnegie Hall. The move to the 3,800-seat Theater at Madison Square Garden makes it possible both to include recognition of the postgraduate specialty training program candidates and to host a large-scale reception for the graduates, their families, alumni guests, faculty, and staff immediately following the ceremony.

"Our decision to move to a larger auditorium and to celebrate together at one large party afterwards symbolizes the partnership that is building among faculty, staff, students, and alumni," said Dean Alfano.

It is anticipated that Dr. Satcher's address will focus on the first-ever Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health. The landmark report is dedicated to oral, dental, and craniofacial diseases and conditions and to what we must learn and do to prevent oral disease and promote good oral health.