San Francisco: Traditions
Traditions at the San Francisco campus have grown
separately in each of the four schools.
Alumni-Faculty Association Banquet
The annual banquet of the Alumni-Faculty
Association honors the graduating seniors in the School of Medicine.
It is held in the week before graduation. Members of the class celebrating
its 25th anniversary are hosts. Members of the "five year" classes
also hold reunions at this time. The dean of the School of Medicine
and members of the various classes are called upon for informal
remarks and welcome the graduates to the Alumni-Faculty Association.
The white starched mortar board cap of the
School of Nursing and the square blue enamel and gold pin, designed
by Miss Margaret Crawford, the school's first superintendent, were
worn by the school's first graduate in 1909. The official "capping"
ceremony came at the end of the three-months preliminary period
in the early days. During the tenure of the first dean, Miss Margaret
Tracy, the official "capping" ceremony was dropped and students
received their caps upon entering the school. Some traditions die
hard and the students subsequently started their own private capping
ceremony, an initiation rite which endures to the present time.
Dental Faculty-Alumni Meeting
Dental Faculty-Alumni Meeting has been a
January tradition since 1897 and features continuing professional
education programs and a social event.
The School of Dentistry begins the academic
year with an off-campus faculty retreat just before registration.
Florence Nightingale Award
Florence Nightingale Award, for excellence
in clinical nursing was suggested by Dr. William J. Kerr, chairman
of the Department of Medicine and a member of the executive committee
of the school. The small gold guard with a miniature likeness of
Miss Nightingale is attached to the school pin and symbolizes the
award. Dr. Kerr gave the address at the inaugural Pinning Ceremony
in Toland Hall on November 9, 1944, when the first two awards were
made to Miss Jacqueline LeProtti and Miss Nan Danielson, members
respectively of the November and December graduating classes.
Graduate Students Association
Graduate Students Association Banquest honors
students whose degrees are to be conferred in June. Most recently,
this event has, been sponsored jointly by the office of the dean
of the Graduate Division and the chancellor.
The Gold-Headed Cane Ceremony of the School
of Medicine was initiated in 1939 by Dr. William J. Kerr. Each school
year a cane is presented to the senior medical student judged by
his classmates and the faculty of the Department of Medicine as
best exemplifying by his conduct the qualities of a "true physician."
Two other graduating medical students are given honorable mention.
The cane is patterned after the original Gold-Headed Cane now resting
in the Royal College of Physicians, London.
Pharmacy Alumnus of the Year
The pharmacy alumni, in collaboration with
the School of Pharmacy, hold an annual meeting on campus, at which
time they present an award to "The Pharmacy Alumnus of the Year."
The junior students in the dental hygiene
curriculum honor the senior students at a pinning ceremony held
early in the spring semester.
Senior Awards Assembly
The dean and the faculty of the School of
Dentistry sponsor a Senior Awards Assembly where awards are presented
to members of the senior class and to other outstanding students
in the school.
Senior Students Dinners
At the end of the academic year, the senior
students in the School of Dentistry sponsor a dinner for members
of the faculty and a wives' dinner at which the P.H.T. (Putting
Hubby Through) degree ceremony has become a tradition.
Silver and Gold Ball
Silver and Gold Ball is sponsored annually
by the dental students and held during the spring semester.
Student-Faculty Picnic of the School of Dentistry
is held each year during the fall semester.