Who’s dancing at Rutgers? Graduating dental students, of course.

Dental students are never too busy to dance. At least those preparing to celebrate their commencement at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.

In a feature by Kathleen O’Brien for NJ.com, the reporter highlighted a six-minute video set to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” in which the 107 graduates appeared. She also shared some inspiring statistics regarding the class that Kim Fenesy, senior associate dean for academic affairs, described at graduation.

Among them:

• Sixty percent are their family’s first generation of doctors and 9 percent are the first generation in the family to go to college.

• For more than half, English is their family’s second language.

• Class members range in age from mid-twenties to mid-forties.

• Graduating students from the Internationally Trained DMD program came from 12 different nations: Egypt, India, Iraq, Israel, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Russian Federation and the Ukraine.

Plenty of reasons to get up and dance.

Another interesting stat: Women comprise half the school’s student body.

This, according to Incisal Edge‘s Alexandra Levine’s recent interview with Dean Cecile Feldman, who graduated in the 1980s when her classmates were roughly 75 percent male. Dean Feldman discussed the newly-merged Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, which brought together two medical schools, a nursing school, a dental school, a public-health school and a graduate school in just 12 months.

In July 2013, the New Jersey Dental School officially became part of Rutgers University and changed its name to the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine to more accurately portray dentistry as a field rooted in biomedical science, Dean Feldman told the dental lifestyle magazine.

“The merger worked, and it’s now an opportunity to reimagine how we want things to work here,” says Dr. Feldman.

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