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27 from Pima honored May 22 at Dental Hygienist pinning

May 16, 2019

Tucson, AZ – A total of 27 graduates of Pima’s Dental Hygiene program will be recognized at a pinning ceremony on May 22.

  • What: Pima Community College Dental Hygiene Program Pinning Ceremony
  • When: 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • Where: Proscenium Theatre, PCC West Campus Center for the Arts [map]
  • Details: Invitation only; media welcome

Southern Arizona Dental Hygiene Society President Wini Quartermaine, RDH, BSDH, a Dental Hygiene program adjunct faculty, is the guest speaker. Dental Hygiene Class of 2019 President Heidi Jo Winkle is the closing speaker.

“During the ceremony, the graduates will proudly receive their dental hygiene pin attached to their purple sash, the official color of dentistry, and recite the Dental Hygiene Oath,” said Dental Hygiene Program Director Donna Richards, RDH, M.Ed., who will give closing remarks.

According to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, purple has been the official color of dental professionals since 1897, when lilac was chosen for the emblem of the National Association of Dental Faculties. It long has been the trim color for dental hygiene graduates’ caps and gowns and is said to signify compassion, purpose and inspiration.

Also during the ceremony several awards, including the HuFriedy Outstanding Clinic Award (“Golden Scaler Award”) will be presented. Adjunct faculty Rachael Bailes, RDH, BSDH, who received the Golden Scaler Award when she was at Pima, will present that award. Other honors presented at the event are Southern Arizona Dental Hygienists’ Association Memorial Recognition Award, Western Society of Periodontology recognition, Colgate STAR Award and the Community Service Award.


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