Pulitzer Winner to Speak at Dentistry Commencement

June 04, 2002
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Washington Post Senior Editor and 1993 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Distinguished Literary Criticism Michael D. Dirda will be the keynote speaker for the 2002 UCSF School of Dentistry Commencement. The ceremony will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at the Nob Hill Masonic Center, 1111 California St., San Francisco.

Dirda, a 1970 graduate of Oberlin College, received his doctorate in 1977 from Cornell. A popular columnist for the Washington Post, Dirda also is known for his perceptiveness and wit about every day life as well as his book reviews. His essays or reviews appear weekly and address such topics as classics in translation, intellectual history, children's picture books, fantasy and crime fiction, biographies, American and European literature, poetry and innovative writing.

Chancellor J. Michael Bishop will confer degrees on the nearly 100 graduates of the UCSF School of Dentistry this year: 80 dental students, 15 dental hygiene students and two dentists who have completed a three-year post-graduate program in pediatric dentistry.

As part of the program, the Elizabeth "Libby" Fuhriman Gardner award will be presented to two outstanding graduates, one in the dental hygiene program and one in the dental program. The Gardner award is the highest award given by the UCSF School of Dentistry, and is given "to honor the spirit and example of Libby Gardner, a 1958 graduate of the dental hygiene program. The Libby Gardner award honors scholastic achievement, service to the university and community, leadership and demonstration of concern for others."

Mitchell Day, DDS, the president of the UCSF School of Dentistry Alumni Association also will speak. UC Regent Odessa Johnson will be an honored guest.

Graduates have been asked to arrive for a photography session at noon; families will be seated at 1 p.m. for the ceremony. A reception in the Exhibit Hall of the Nob Hill Masonic Center will follow the ceremony.

For more information, please contact Roslyn Tuttle at [email protected]

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