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106 Dental Students Receive White Coats

Luke Aiura is helped into his white coat by D4 Alex George.

Fourth-year dental student Jill Dery helps D1 Rachel Bui into her white coat.

Dr. Norman Palm, president of the Michigan Dental Association, urged new dental students to get involved in organized dentistry.

Ann Arbor, MI — August 8, 2013 — Members of the Dental Class of 2017 were officially welcomed to the School of Dentistry and the dental profession during the School’s annual White Coat ceremony held at Rackham Auditorium July 26.

The 106 new students, 69 men and 37 women, represent five percent of 1,991 individuals who applied for admission.  Sixty are Michigan residents; 46 are from out of state.

Advising them “the next four years will pass very quickly,” Daniel Hammaker, president of the Dental Class of 2014, reminded the new dental students “to wear your coat with pride.  The coat is more than a piece of cloth.  It marks the start of your journey into a new profession.”

In keynote remarks, Dr. Norman Palm, president of the Michigan Dental Association, told dental students “you are beginning a new era in your life” and advised them “to put your talents to work both at the School of Dentistry and, after earning your degree, throughout your career.”

Palm reminded dental students that “you are the CEOs of your own life” and said that “honesty, integrity, and humility will be important in your professional and personal success.”  He also urged them to begin getting involved, as dental students, in organized dentistry. 

The Class of 2017

  • 1,991 applicants
  • 106 accepted:  69 men, 37 women
  • 60 Michigan residents, 46 out of state
  • 3.55 GPA
  • DAT: 20 academic, 21 perceptual
  • Average age: 24