Baylor College of Dentistry, a component of The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, is holding commencement exercises Thursday, May 22, 7:30 p.m., at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. Patricia L. Blanton, Ph.D., D.D.S., the first woman president of the Texas Dental Association, will deliver the commencement address to 90 graduates.
Dr. Blanton, professor emeritus in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Baylor College of Dentistry, received both her D.D.S. and her Periodontics certificate from Baylor College of Dentistry. She also completed work at the school for her Ph.D. in anatomy, awarded by Baylor University in 1967. She was a member of the Baylor College of Dentistry faculty from 1967 through 1985 and was awarded Emeritus status in 1998. Dr. Blanton has maintained a private practice in periodontics in Dallas since 1985.
Admission is free and does not require a ticket.
The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center provides the state with health education, outreach and research. Its five components, located in communities throughout Texas, are Baylor College of Dentistry, the College of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology and the School of Rural Public Health.

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