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Milestone Events

Southern College of Optometry hosts a number of well-attended milestone events each year. From commencement to Fall Homecoming and CE weekend, these events are milestones in the life of a college because of their wide attendance by students, alumni, and others from the ophthalmic community, either on campus or at national meetings around the country.

Be sure to visit this section of the website to find useful information about different events throughout the year, including registration links, hotel information for out-of-town visitors, or other details to help our students, alumni, and guests plan their attendance.

These events represent significant milestones held on campus, in Memphis, or at the national level where SCO is represented by receptions for alumni and friends. Be sure to check the college’s calendar for other events held on campus or at state and regional meetings throughout the year.


These milestone events include:


Held each spring in either Atlanta or New Orleans, draws students, alumni, and friends to this major optometry meeting.

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Spring CE weekend

Hosted on campus each April for alumni and friends.

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Usually scheduled in early May, attracts hundreds of guests, friends, and family members to celebrate our student’s transition from student to optometrists.

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50-Year-Class Reunion

Each year SCO welcomes the 50-Year-Class back to Memphis for several events filled with reminiscing and making memories with fellow classmates. 

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Resident’s Weekend

Held on campus each June, includes lectures and a ceremony for residents completing their programs.

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The national meeting of the American Optometric Association, moves to a major city each June.

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Held at the end of August, orientation welcomes new students to campus each year.

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White Coat Ceremony

Held on campus at the end of students' second-year, the White Coat Ceremony officially welcomes students into the clinical portion of their education in the profession of optometry with family and friends in attendance

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Homecoming and Fall CE Weekend

Held on campus and in downtown Memphis each fall, brings classmates and their families back to SCO for reunions.

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American Academy of Optometry

One of three national meetings where SCO hosts receptions for alumni and friends, is also held in a major American city each November.

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