NECO Honors Graduates at 2019 Commencement Ceremony

New England College of Optometry, NECO, celebrated it’s 125th commencement at Boston Symphony Hall on May 19, 2019. The College conferred Doctor of optometry degrees to students in the four-year OD program and in the special ASIP (Advanced Standing International Program), AODP (Accelerated OD Program), and MS/OD China programs. Four students were also awarded a Masters Degree in Vision Science concurrently with their OD degree.

Drs. Jane Gwiazda and Stacy Lyons served as faculty and student marshalls and led the processionals. In attendance were the New England College of Optometry faculty, staff, senior leadership, Board of Trustees members, and alumni board members. Additionally, two members of the fiftieth anniversary Class of 1969 were in able to attend.

Reverend Nancy S. Taylor, senior minister and Chief Executive Officer of Old South Church provided the Invocation and Benediction for the fifth year, providing witty optometric rhymes and metaphors and setting the tone for the joyous day. President Howard Purcell, OD ’84 welcomed the Class of 2019 and introduced the faculty, staff, Board Members and special guests in attendance. His remarks were followed by a welcome by Board Chair Pano Yeracaris, Gary Chu, OD ’95, Vice President of Professional Affairs, and Linda Bennett, OD ’80, President of the Alumni Association.

-Taken from the official press release.


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