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Howard University College of Dentistry Celebrates 125 Years of Dental Education

Stacie B. Royster                                                                     
Media Relations Manager

Kerry-Ann Hamilton
Communications Specialist

Washington, D.C., (May 9, 2006) – Since 1881, the Howard University College of Dentistry has trained over 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 to be held at Howard University and the Anniversary Gala on May 11 at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel, 1000 H Street, N.W.

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 on May 10, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Howard University College of Dentistry, 600 W Street, N.W.  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.

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, 13 Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at



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