College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics

Dean's Message

Later this afternoon, we will celebrate commencement day for the Class of 2023! After four years of dental school, this part of your professional and personal journey is complete. Be proud of what you have accomplished, because I know we are. You've overcome so much, and you are poised to make an impact on our profession. I know that my Iowa education has and continues to serve me well. We know that you will carry your knowledge and skill in dentistry and your concern for the well-being of your patients with you.  ~Clark Stanford

Updates for June 2, 2023–June 15, 2023

YouTube video for the 2023 University of Iowa Dental Commencement

Join us in-person or virtually for our 2023 Commencement

Later this afternoon at 3:00 p.m., commencement for the University of Iowa Dentistry class of 2023 will place at Hancher Auditorium. UI President Barbara Wilson will deliver the Greeting from the University. Dean Clark Stanford will deliver a welcome and message to graduating class. Morgan Scholtes, of Joliet, Illinois, will be the student speaker. Associate Deans’ Sherry Timmons and Michelle Krupp will present honors and awards. Faculty members Steven Means, Maria Marcela Hernández Luna, Michael Santucci, and John Syrbu will present hoods to the candidates, and graduate program directors will recognize certificate candidates. Please join us in person or virtually as you are able!


The Spring 2023 Dental Link has arrived

Iowa Dentistry's alumni magazine hit mailboxes last week. You can see the stories in the magazine on Iowa Dentistry's website.

Sara Buysman and Destiny Ho in the SimClinic

First-gen students in the Class of 2026 begin their dental journey

Iowa is proud of the successes of our first-generation students and we are committed to ensuring that first-generation dental students, like all our students, have access to the resources to ensure their success in dental school and in their dental careers. Here are some of their stories.

Dental student researchers at the AADOCR Meeting in Portland

Student Research Group Accomplishments for 2022-2023

The Dental Student Research Group at the University of Iowa is one of the premier programs in the country. The accomplishments of participating students over the 2022-2023 year highlight the value and importance of the program. 

Taylor Leos with Juhi Uttamani

2023 Department of Periodontics Annual Awards Luncheon

The Department of Periodontics presented three awards at its annual awards luncheon on Wednesday, May 17 to Holly Weber, McKenna Schnack, and Taylor Leos.

Chris Barwacz; John Syrbu; Karolyn Leary, wife of Dr. Mike Leary; Zachary Johnson, Kecia Leary, daughter of Mike Leary and clinical professor of pediatric dentistry, and Mike Leary's grandchildren:  Ben and Michaela Vogel.

2023 Family Dentistry Student Awards

During their fourth year of dental school at Iowa, students become fully competent clinicians who draw from their earlier educational and clinical experiences to comprehensively manage the oral health care needs of their patients as they would in a dental office. The Department of Family Dentistry is responsible for helping fourth-year dental students accomplish this goal so that they are prepared to enter into general practice after graduation. Each year, the the Department of Family Dentistry selects outstanding students based on their body of work. The 2023 Family Dentistry Student Awards were presented during a ceremony held on May 25, 2023.

A YouTube Screen Capture Showing an Iowa D2 Student Discussing Why Iowa: We make the best dentists

Why Iowa: We produce the best dentists

To the newly minted (later today!) alumni Class of 2023, know that you join elite company. Throughout Iowa's history, Iowa dentists have routinely heard from their colleagues—whether in the military, graduate programs, or private practice—that “we know you will hit the ground running because you’re from Iowa.” You are ready for this! Keep it up, Hawkeyes!
Composite photos of the Class of 1923 and their dentistry professors

Iowa Trailblazers: The Class of 1923

One-hundred years ago, the Class of 1923 graduated and began their careers as dentists. The University of Iowa College of Dentistry has been a leader in the profession over the course of three centuries. The Class of 2023 carries this legacy and proud history with them as they start their careers.  


June 1, Culturally Responsive Health Care Conference, College of Public Health, 8:00 a.m.–1:00 pm.  Co-sponsored by the College of Dentistry. 

June 2, Iowa Dentistry Commencement, 3:00 p.m.

August 4, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

August 10, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

August 25, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

August 30, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

September 15-16, Dentistry Alumni Reunion Weekend

September 8, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

September 22, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

October 5, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

October 13-14, IMOM, Waterloo Convention Center, Sullivan Brothers Plaza, 200 W Fourth Street, Waterloo, IA.

October 20, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

November 3, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

November 9, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

November 15, Virtual Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

Notes and Resources 

Filling Station Menu

M-R: 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; F: 7:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Hours for Friday, 6/2: 7:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

The banner Hawkeye Smile image shows Shaoping Zhang, an assistant professor in periodontics, with Herky.

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