Celebrations started early in the week, with the Fifth Annual Founders Ball held at the Phoenician on Thursday, June 9. Students, parents, friends, faculty and staff members dressed up for the formal occasion which began with a blessing given by Dr. George Blue Spruce, Assistant dean for American Indian Affairs and emceed by Dr. Jack. The students shared their online yearbook with the audience, filled with memories celebrating some of the highlights of their dental school, rotations and community service experiences. The Phoenician staff served a dinner of filet mignon and shrimp followed by dancing to the tunes of Dark Horse. It was a memorable, fun filled and emotional night for all who attended.
Saturday morning, ASDOH’s graduation was held at the Mesa Center for the Arts. The formal ceremony included two guest speakers, Stanley Bergman, CEO of Henry Schein, Inc. and Dr. Chris Holiday, Chief of staff to the US Surgeon General. Both shared personal experiences about life and opportunities to serve the larger community, particularly the underserved and especially American Indians.
There was not a dry eye in the audience as students and family members celebrated the students’ accomplishments and joy.