HSDM Celebrates 145th Commencement

After a rainy Wednesday, Thursday, May 29, 2014, dawned sunny and warm—a lovely treat for those celebrating the graduation of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) Class of 2014. Following morning exercises in Harvard's Tercentenary Theatre in Cambridge, DMD graduates from HSDM, together with their MD classmates from Harvard Medical School (HMS), returned to Boston and gathered under a flowing tent on the Medical School Quad. There, they dined on lunch with their families and loved ones, lined up for class photos, and then received their diplomas from their deans during the traditional—sometimes solemn, often hilarious—Class Day ceremony. This joint event marked the 145th commencement for the School of Dental Medicine and the 226th for the Medical School.

Tien Mong Ha-Ngoc, DMD14, served as co-moderator from HSDM, and Anuj Camanocha, DMD14, was chosen by the DMD Class of 2014 to offer the student address from HSDM. The keynote speaker, chosen by the MD and DMD students, was Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, founder of Doctors for America, an HMS instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a nominee for Surgeon General of the United States. He encouraged each graduate to find their own vision for living the "unflinching commitment" that doctors and dentists share for improving the lives of their patients. "This is our true north," said Murthy. "But how this value is reflected in your work—your vision—will be unique to you.”

Following the Class Day exercises, HSDM welcomed the newest alumni and their guests, as well as HSDM faculty, staff, and other alumni, at a festive reception in a tent outside the Research and Education Building lobby. Photos of Class Day and the graduate reception are available here.