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Dental school awards 214 degrees at 2016 commencement.

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From left, Saadia Aziz, Amardeep Bains, Raphael Del Giorno and Riley Baldwin. Photo: Alonso Nichols

At Tufts School of Dental Medicine’s 148th commencement ceremony on May 22, 2016, Dean Huw Thomas praised the graduates for their academic achievements, their commitment to caring for the underserved and their loyalty to each other and the school.

Expressing appreciation for students who provided dental services in low-cost clinics in Boston, rural parts of the United States or impoverished settings around the world, Thomas said, “With your flexibility, understanding and cooperation in bringing better access to care to those who need it, you do honor not only to yourselves but to the school.” At the ceremony, 195 students were awarded Doctor of Dental Medicine degrees, and 19 students received Master of Science degrees.

For more on commencement, go to now.tufts.edu/commencement2016.

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