(DALLAS) — The 2009 dental class of the Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry will celebrate its transition into the dental clinic at the Latino Cultural Center in downtown Dallas on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m. in a symbolic white coat ceremony.

The ceremony is the first in the college’s hundred-year history.

The purpose of the ceremony is to formally introduce the fourth-semester dental students into the patient care clinics at HSC-BCD. The students will be presented with a special white coat, embroidered with the HSC logo and with an HSC-BCD Alumni Association lapel pin already in place.

“In the educational process of any dental school, students are given a wealth of information in the first two years,” said Dr. Nathaniel Tippit Jr., HSC-BCD Alumni Association president. “By the time they reach the beginning of the fourth semester, they have begun to grasp the premises that are foundational to oral health care and are ready to put their knowledge into practice.”

Founded in 1905, Baylor College of Dentistry at Dallas is a component of the Texas A&M Health Science Center. HSC-BCD is a nationally recognized center for oral health sciences education, research, specialized patient care and continuing dental education.

The Texas A&M Health Science Center provides the state with health education, outreach and research. Its six 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, the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, and the School of Rural Public Health.

— LaDawn Brock