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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Class Reception

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Old Dominick Distillery
305 S. Front Street
Memphis, TN 38103

Enjoy a last evening as a class in celebration of your graduation. Food and beverages provided for you and a guest. For more information contact [email protected].

sponsored by National Vision, Inc. 

Senior Awards Program

Thursday, May 3, 2018
N/S Classroom, SCO Campus

A number of industry and alumni sponsored awards will recognize the achievements of members of the Class of 2018.

A military promotion ceremony will be held during the Senior Awards Program for SCO’s graduates who will enter military service.  This brief ceremony symbolizes the commitment that optometry makes through military service to our country.

We ask that all guests rsvp so that we can ensure adequate seating:  GUEST RSVP  Password:  SCO Awards

Please plan for guests to arrive on campus no earlier than 3:30pm.

For more information contact [email protected].

Family Celebration

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Students and their 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 Central BBQ, Crawfish Shack, Fiesta Wagon, Fresh Gulf Shrimp, MemPops, Say Cheese & Stick Em
  • A wine and High Cotton Beer reception 
  • Live entertainment by City Mix
  • A covered tent in back parking lot

Everyone must register and will receive a wristband to attend. Each graduate that registers by April 30th  may receive a complimentary entry for themselves and 1 guest.  Additional guest tickets are available for $20.  There is no charge for children 10 years and under. Wristbands will be distributed to the graduates with their regalia on May 2.

RSVP  Password:  SCO2018

For more information contact [email protected].

Legacy Brunch

Our legacy graduates represent a multi-generational tradition. Please join us as we celebrate and welcome the next generation to the SCO family.  The legacy continues….

Friday, May 4, 2018
Magnolia Room
Sheraton Memphis Downtown
250 N. Main St.
Memphis, TN  38104

This event is by invitation only.  For additional information please contact [email protected].

Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 4, 2018
Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
255 N. Main St.
Memphis, TN  38103

  • Regalia will be distributed on Wednesday, May 2.
  • Each student will receive one free parking voucher for the Front Street Parking Lot.  Vouchers will be distributed with regalia.
  • Arrive at the Cannon Center NO LATER than 12pm.
  • Expect the ceremony to last approximately 1.5 hours.
  • A class photo will be taken on the stage immediately following the ceremony.
  • Return regalia (cap, gown & hood) to the designated area before leaving the Cannon Center.  Honor cords and tassels are yours to keep.

Please direct all questions regarding the ceremony to the Office of Student Services.