Global Health Nexus, Summer 2003

Thousands Cheer the Class of 2003: Honorees Include Dr. Dominick P. DePaola, Keynote Speaker, and Legendary Actor Ossie Davis, Strusser Award Recipient

Nearly 3,000 guests turned out on May 16 to celebrate the academic achievements of over 400 candidates for the D.D.S. degree, the A.A.S. degree in dental hygiene, the B.S. degree in dental health education, the M.S. degree in clinical research, the M.S. degree in biomaterials, and certificates in the postgraduate dental specialties.

Dr. Dominick P. DePaola, President and CEO of The Forsyth Institute, received the David B. Kriser Medal, NYU Dentistry’s highest honor, in recognition of lifetime contributions to the public good. Dr. DePaola delivered a rousing keynote address in which he called on the graduates to connect to a larger purpose and to the global community, focus on the importance of lifelong learning and dreaming, and commit to the primacy of ethics and integrity in all their endeavors.

An added highlight of the event was the presentation of the Strusser Award for outstanding public health contributions to Ossie Davis, the celebrated actor, writer, producer, and director. Mr. Davis was honored for his powerful activism on behalf of MESAB, a collaborative partnership of South Africans and Americans dedicated to improving the health of South Africa’s Black majority by training Black medical and dental professionals.