Two $25,000 gifts to the West Virginia University School of Dentistry will help improve oral health care for patients in need and increase hands-on learning opportunities for the next generation of dentists and dental hygienists.
Following a year of missed milestones, celebrations and traditions, West Virginia University’s first in-person commencement ceremony since December 2019 ushered in a renewed sense of optimism for the nearly 4,500 graduates who walked across the stage to receive their diplomas in four ceremonies this weekend (May 15-16).
Retired United States Navy rear admiral and former chief of the U.S. Navy Dental Corps, Dr. Stephen Pachuta, has been appointed dean of West Virginia University’s School of Dentistry by Dr. Clay Marsh, vice president and executive dean for WVU Health Sciences.
West Virginia University graduates will return to in-person commencement ceremonies this May; and although some restrictions will be in place because of COVID-19, the celebrations will be no less memorable for the 4,499 who walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. Graduates from May, August and December 2020 are also eligible to participate in the exercises.
Eligible, degree-seeking students at any West Virginia University campus can receive emergency grants through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II, part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. WVU will continue distributing its allotted $10,087,116 in emergency grants to students who qualify.
Bringing together families, friends and fellow classmates from across the country and around the world to celebrate the August and December Classes of 2020, West Virginia University will host 14 online commencement ceremonies for the 2,680 graduates on Saturday, Dec.19.
The West Virginia University School of Dentistry now offers robotic-assisted implant procedures that are, in some cases, quicker than conventional methods and in certain circumstances can be less painful than traditional procedures and help reduce recovery time.
Plans for new and reimagined academic and athletics spaces, upgraded technology and an ongoing commitment to create a supportive campus environment for all at West Virginia University are moving forward despite the health, safety and fiscal challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
West Virginia’s rural residents will have more access to dental care through teledentistry —the process of connecting dentists and patients online— provided by WVU Dental Care in partnership with dentists and oral health specialists from the West Virginia University School of Dentistry.