Howard University College of Dentistry celebrates anniversary

May 12, 2006
School has offered dental education for 125 years.

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Since 1881, the Howard University College of Dentistry has trained more than 3,300 highly skilled dental professionals.

This 125-year legacy will be commemorated May 10-13 with a series of programs including The Hancock Symposium at Howard University and the Anniversary Gala on May 11 at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel.

Outstanding actress sisters Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen, both Howard University alumni, are honorary co-chairs of the black-tie with Washington D.C. news anchors Jim Vance and JC Hayward serving as Master and Mistress of Ceremonies.

Local singing sensations Peaches and Herb will provide live entertainment. The College will honor several distinguished alumni and four former deans for their exemplary leadership: Drs. Joseph L. Henry (1966-1975), Jeanne C. Sinkford (1975-1991), Robert S. Knight (1991-1995), and Charles F. Sanders Jr. (1995-2003).

"The College of Dentistry stands today on its legacy of preparing culturally competent, politically active, and professionally sound professionals with a sustained passion and commitment to the communities they serve," said College of Dentistry Dean Leo Rouse.

The Hancock Symposium entitled "Cosmetics in Oral Construction" will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on May 10 at Howard University College of Dentistry. The day-long seminar will feature dental alumni C. Benson Clark and Terry J. Reynolds as keynote presenters.

The College of Dentistry began its anniversary celebration in January with The Future is Now! African-Americans in Dentistry traveling exhibit. The exhibit will remain on display in the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library on the campus of Howard University through May 15.

The Howard University College of Dentistry is fifth oldest in the United States. Its graduates are currently serving communities, mostly underserved, in 40 states and 53 foreign countries.

The more than 100 faculty members constitute one of the best-trained dental faculties in the world, making the institution the capstone for transforming competent students into leaders for America and the Global Community.