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Friday, May 6, 1pm
Cannon Center for the Performing Arts

Commencement will be held Friday, May 6 at 1:00pm at the Cannon Center for Performing Arts and will be followed by a reception immediately afterward.

For questions regarding the graduation ceremony please contact Student Services at 901.722.3224.


We look forward to celebrating with you! SCO encourages you to share your photos and memories from this special event by using this hashtag on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook: #SCOgrad2016


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Graduation Week Schedule

Tuesday, May 3

3 - 5:30pm - Annex
CPR Training - Group 1
The office of Academic Affairs has arranged two sessions of CPR training for those interested in updating their certification prior to graduation.

Additional information and registration details will be provided by Academic Affairs.

For questions please email Audrey Burress or contact her by phone at 901.722.3380.

Wednesday, May 4

8:30 - 11am - Annex
CPR Training - Group 2

1 - 3pm - N/S Classroom
So Long - farewell...
Today there will be few welcoming remarks, a few last words of wisdom, and you'll take time to handle a lot of housekeeping - Cap/Gown and Financial Aid Packet pick up, turning in your keys, change of address forms, picking up gifts from Institutional Advancement and Vendors, etc... A graduation rehearsal will also be held to provide details about Friday's line-up and other details for the ceremony.

We'll start promptly at 1:00 PM. You'll have plenty of time to get all your "out-processing" done before your class reception begins
at 5:00 PM.

5 - 7pm
Class Reception
Beale Street Landing
251 Riverside Dr.

Enjoy a last evening as a class in celebration of your graduation. Food and beverages provided for you and a guest.
sponsored by National Vision, Inc.

Thursday, May 5

8:15 - 9am
Continental Breakfast - Atrium
sponsored by Allergan

9 - 11:30am - N/S Classroom
NOW WHAT? - A Guide to the First 180 Days of Being an OD.
Matthew Geller, OD
Founder & Senior Editor of NewGradOptometry.com
Practitioner, Lakeside Eyecare
and Casa De Oro Eyecare

11:30am - 12:30pm - N/S Classroom
Senior Awards Program
A number of industry and Alumni sponsored awards will recognize the achievement of members of the class of 2016. 
Parents and Family invited to attend this event. 

12:30pm - South Parking Lot
Campus BBQ
Parents and Family Invited
You must register here at this link to make sure your guests are included for a proper food count. Click Here to RSVP
sponsored by Alcon

Friday, May 6

Legacy Brunch
by invitation only

Cannon Center

Reception to immediately follow 
Cook Convention Center

Military Promotion Ceremony
Cook Convention Center

Additional Details

U.S. Senator John Boozman, OD ’77, will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2016 as they graduate on Friday, May 6. In addition to speaking. Senator Boozman will also be formally presented with SCO’s honorary Doctor of Ocular Science degree.

In 2014, Senator Boozman was scheduled to receive the degree and speak at commencement but illness prevented his participation. The only optometrist serving in the U.S. Senate, Senator Boozman is running for a second term this year. He received SCO’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

Receiving SCO’s honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree is SCO President Emeritus Billy Cochran, OD ’68. Dr. Cochran served as SCO President from 1984 until his retirement in 2007. Under his leadership, SCO constructed The Eye Center and increased SCO’s reserve fund from $2.8 million to $37 million.

Following his retirement, Dr. Cochran has served on a number of boards. He previously served as president of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, as president of the Memphis of the Memphis Association of Colleges and Universities, and on the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.