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2020 DDS Commencement Information

​​Celebrating your achievements

Monday, May 11

The CU School of Dental Medicine is working with students to plan an in-person graduation ceremony, tentatively. Because of the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, it's difficult to predict when this will happen. Our priority remains the same during this pandemic--the health and safety of our graduates, students, faculty, staff, family and friends. We will certainly keep you updated. If you would like to watch the CU Anschutz Medical Campus' graduation on Friday, May 22 at 9:30 a.m., please visit this webpage for additional details​.

Thursday, March 19 

The CU School of Dental Medicine Student Affairs team is brainstorming different ideas on how best to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2020. Please continue to check your email and this page for the latest information. If you have an idea, please share it with Melanie Trinkwald,​

​Graduation regalia information ​

Thursday, March 19 

Some of you have already ordered your cap and gown and may want to keep them as a memento, others still may want to place an order to have your regalia for photos with your family. Our vendor, Herff Jones, is working on a new refund process for unused regalia as well as a new website to purchase regalia, class rings, diploma frames, and graduation announcements. Please hold tight while they finalize their website. For additional information or to get a refund back immediately, please contact Herff Jones customer service at 1-800-837-4235

​​A Message from the Dean:

Wednesday, March 18

Dear Class of 2020,
Chancellor Don Elliman has announced that the campus’ May commencement exercises have been canceled. This means that the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine’s May graduation banquet and in-person ceremony are also canceled. 
I know that this is devastating news for you, your family and friends; however, we need to do our part to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. The CDC, US and State governments have advocated for social distancing and limiting large gatherings. Without our health, we cannot be dentists. As health care providers we have the responsibility to do what is in the public’s best interest.  As such, the responsible decision is to cancel the graduation ceremony.
Commencement is such an important milestone for you, a graduating dentist. Please know this does not diminish the amount of work you have put into your future profession.  You have worked hard, and we will celebrate you. I, along with your faculty members, staff and peers, are proud of your achievements and your resiliency. We will be proud to call you doctors regardless of whether an in-person ceremony is held.
In the coming weeks, we will be considering next steps for creating a way to commemorate this special event.

Dean Denise Kassebaum, DDS, M.S.


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