Dental Hygiene Graduates

SFSC honored 10 graduates of its Dental Hygiene program in a traditional pinning ceremony in the SFSC University Center Auditorium on Friday, May 4. The graduates had just completed their Associate in Science in Dental Hygiene (AS) degree program.  

Receiving their pins were Eliana Almendarez, Isabel Cardenas, Amber Cheraz, Amanda Head, Ashley Marquez, Donna Miranda-Collins, Carmen Mitchell, Erika Lisbeth Olvera, Elizabeth Rivera, and Anna M. Wiley. 

Keynote speaker for the pinning ceremony was Dr. Steven Guelff. Graduates were presented their dental hygiene pins by Dr. Deborah Milliken, chair of SFSC’s Dental Education program.  

“The Dental Hygiene Class of 2018 is a wonderful group of young people who have worked hard and will be a great addition to the dental community,” Dr. Milliken said. “They are bright, enthusiastic and, most importantly, skilled clinicians. We are sorry to see them go but delighted to welcome them into the profession.” 

Dr. Milliken also presented individual awards to three graduates. Wiley received the Clinical Excellence Award and the Highest Grade Point Average Award. Mitchell was honored with the Leadership Award, and Almendarez was lauded for Leadership. 

Upon completing the Dental Hygiene program, graduates become dental hygienists by passing the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination and the Florida State Clinical Licensure Examination. They can, then, work alongside a dentist as a member of a dental health care team.

For more information on SFSC’s Associate in Science in Dental Hygiene, call 863-784-7131 or visit