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Two individuals were selected to receive honorary degrees at Southern College of Optometry's May 8th commencement ceremony for their contributions to the profession of optometry.
American Optometric Association President David Cockrell, OD ’81, is this year’s recipient of the Doctor of Ocular Science degree. The 12th SCO alumnus to lead the AOA, Dr. Cockrell was also invited to deliver this year’s commencement address.
In addition to his duties as AOA President, Dr. Cockrell serves as chair of the AOA’s Agenda and Executive Committees and is a member of the Personnel Committee. Prior to his election to the AOA Board, Dr. Cockrell served as chair of the AOA State Government Relations Center, as well as AOA Primary Care and Patient Management, Statutory SCOPE, and Nominating and Resolutions committees. He has also served in the AOA Federal Government Relations Center.
Dr. Cockrell is a past president of the Southwest Council of Optometry. He is a past President of the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians and a former Oklahoma Optometrist of the Year. He was named the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians Distinguished Optometrist of the Year in 2012. He has also served on the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners in Optometry since 1997.Dr. Cockrell practices in Stillwater, OK, with his wife, Cherry B. Cockrell, OD ’81.
Marty Wall, longtime Executive Director of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, is this year’s recipient of the Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Wall is retiring this year after a quarter century’s service in serving the nation’s optometry colleges. During his tenure, ASCO saw greater involvement of faculty involvement in Special Interest Groups, the implementation of a central admissions application process, and the establishment of the Partnership Endowment. He also organized two national symposia on optometric education involving a number of optometric organizations that resulted in strategic plans to guide the professional education of 21st century ODs.
A graduate of Ohio University, Wall earned a Master’s in Public Administration from American University and is a Certified Association Executive. He served as President of the Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions from 1999-2001.