Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Dental Hygiene Holds Second Annual White Coat Ceremony

The Clayton State University Department of Dental Hygiene held its second annual “White Coat” ceremony on Aug. 17 in the Harry S. Downs Center. A total of 55 junior and senior students took the dental hygiene oath.

“The Dental Hygiene program’s White Coat Ceremony is a great day of recognition for our current students. The day welcomes the junior students into the program and introduces them to the responsibilities associated with patient care while in the dental hygiene program. The ceremony also reminds the senior students of their responsibilities associated with patient care in the program and also promotes the principles of professionalism they will need to embrace in their future practice of dental hygiene,” says Dr. Susan Duley, head of the Department of Dental Hygiene.

Dr. Karl Haden, founder and president of the Academy for Academic Leadership, was the keynote speaker at the ceremony. Tianddria Walton (Newnan), president of the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association at Clayton State, led in reciting the oath along with her fellow classmates.

Haden was also guest speaker for the first White Coat ceremony at Clayton State in fall 2008. For more than 15 years, Haden has consulted with colleges and associations in academic healthcare. Haden’s areas of expertise include leadership development, organizational change, ethics, team building, negotiation and conflict management, strategic planning, curriculum development, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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