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Orientation 2016

Class of 2020,

Your new life and your official entry into optometry school will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 25!  Let’s get the show on the road!!

Orientation will run through Friday afternoon, August 26. Classes begin on Monday, August 29, and the White Coat Ceremony will be that afternoon at 4:00. The Advisor Dinner will be on Tuesday, September 6 at 6:30 pm, and the Big Sib Breakfast/ Student Organization Fair is set for September 14 at 8:30 am. Attendance is mandatory at all events.  A couple of student organizations will have some social events during the first week or two of school, and you’ll find out more about them at Orientation.

If you have a spouse or partner who’d like to get it on the fun, be sure and click on the Spouse and Partner Orientation link. We have set aside Thursday afternoon for them, and they can begin registering now.

Included on this site are several items for your review – a tentative Orientation schedule, detailed tuition and fees for the fall, and brief welcomes from most of our student organizations, just to name a few. Your class schedule is also included, but lab group assignments will not be issued for a couple of weeks.

Dress for orientation is casual - shorts are acceptable. Keep in mind, however, that you will have your ID picture taken on Thursday and that picture will be used for four years.  Friday is “Show Your Colors Day” when you should wear a t-shirt or golf shirt from your alma mater. Represent!

Continue to check the Class of 2020’s IRIS site on a regular basis—there’s a link to the page on this site. Please email us at admissions@sco.edu with your new address when you move to Memphis, and be sure to update the “Moving to Memphis” section on IRIS—it’s a great way to find out who is living where and when they are moving in. (Click on the “Complex Name” column to sort the list by complex or click on the “Moving Date” column to see when others will be arriving.)

As always, please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions or if we can assist in your transition to Memphis.

Looking forward to seeing you again...very soon!


Mike Robertson
Director of Admissions & Enrollment Services