EDWARDSVILLE — The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Dental Medicine will bestow doctor of dental medicine degrees upon 50 students during its commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4, in the Meridian Ballroom of SIUE’s Morris University Center.
The 41st class of graduates will receive their doctoral hoods, symbolizing the completion of their advanced professional degree. The students have been enhanced by the school’s commitment to superior education, patient care, research and community service.
George R. Zehak, an active advocate for organized dentistry and continuing education, will be featured as the ceremony’s keynote speaker. Zehak is president of the Chicago Dental Society, and has served as past president of the Illinois Academy of General Dentistry and past chair of the Chicago Dental Society Foundation.
The commencement ceremony can be viewed live on siue.edu/tv. A reception for students, faculty and family members will follow in the Goshen Lounge.
The SIU School of Dental Medicine students manage approximately 35,000 patient visits each year at its patient clinics in Alton and East St. Louis. In addition, students offer oral health treatment, screenings and education to more than 10,000 people annually through off-campus community outreach events. These opportunities provide students the training they need to graduate and become skilled dentists. The School of Dental Medicine is a vital oral health care provider for residents of southern and central Illinois, and the St. Louis metropolitan region.