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Thursday, May 4, 1pm
Cannon Center for the Performing Arts

Commencement will be held Thursday, May 4 at 1:00pm at the Cannon Center for Performing Arts.

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: #SCOgrad2017

Hotel Information

Sheraton Downtown Memphis
250 N Main St 
Memphis, TN 38103

Rate is $145 per night, cut off date is 5pm, April 1.  

Guests can access the site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation by clicking here.

Embassy Suites by Hilton 
1022 S. Shady Grove Rd. 
Memphis, TN 38120

Rate is $169 per night, cut off date is 5pm, April 3.

Guests can access the site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation by clicking here and using group code SOO. 



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Graduation Week Schedule

Tuesday, May 2

1-4 pm - Capstone  
SCO Campus 
So long - farewell...

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 Thursday'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 the day is finished.

6-8 pm - 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.


Wednesday, May 3

1 - 3:30 pm - Capstone
SCO Campus 
Now What? A Guide to the First 180 Days of Being an OD.

4-5 pm  - Senior Awards Program
N/S Classroom 

A number of industry and alumni sponsored awards will recognize the achievement of members of the class of 2017. 

A military promotion ceremony will be held during the Senior Awards Program for Stephen Tipton who will enter the Army. This brief ceremony symbolizes the commitment that optometry makes through military service to our country.   
Parents and Family invited to attend this event.  

5-8 pm  - Family Campus Celebration

South Parking Lot
Parents and Family Invited 

Guests are invited to join the entire campus community for an evening of food and fun, featuring a variety of Memphis cuisine and tasty treats. Live entertainment under tents will also add to the celebration with sounds of Memphis.

Special festivities include:

  • Memphis food trucks featuring: Stick em, Say Cheese, Central BBQ, El Mero, Hayden's Grill, Joy Ride and MemPops.  Guests are welcome to sample from various trucks.
  •  A beer and wine reception featuring beers from the High Cotton Brewing Company 
  • Live entertainment by the 901 Heavy Hitters
  • A covered tent in back parking lot

An RSVP will be required for this event. Each student will receive two complimentary tickets; (RSVP here) additional guest tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at https://sco-grad-17.eventbrite.com, with kids 10 and under being free.

supported in part, by Alcon


Thursday, May 4

10:30-11:30 am - Legacy Brunch
by invitation only, Downtown Sheraton

1pm - Commencement

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts

Immediately Following Commencement - Smile for the Cameras!

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts

SCO's photographers will be on hand for candids that capture the excitement of graduation for your family and friends. These photos will be made available online for downloading or sharing via social media.