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Southern College of Optometry's 2016 Convocation ceremony recognized the achievements of students, alumni, faculty, and staff with several awards and recognition presented. Of special note, the Class of 2020 gathered for its official white coat group portrait.
Receiving SCO's Lifetime Achievement Award - the highest honor bestowed by the college - was Joel Zaba, OD '69, FAAO. Dr. Zaba was honored for his extensive research, publications, and efforts to help establish the connections between learning and vision.
Members of SCO's Class of 1966 were also recognized as they returned for their 50-year reunion during Fall Homecoming and Continuing Education Weekend. Each attendee was presented a 50-year commemorative diploma.
Scholarships and other awards were presented to attendees from throughout the SCO campus community. Many of SCO's student awards and scholarships were made possible by the generosity of the college's alumni and friends who support the Annual Campaign and Endowed Scholarship funds.
Among those recognized:
Military Service Scholarships
Basic Science and Clinical Awards
The following Endowed Class Scholarships recognized outstanding leadership and professionalism by members of the Classes of 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Alumni and Friends Scholarships
SCO alumni and friends generously support and recognize academic accomplishments and leadership within the student body. As such, the following endowed scholarships and awards have been established in support of SCO students.
State and Professional Associations
Corporate Partners and Ophthalmic Industry
2015-16 Faculty of the Year
CLASS OF 2017
Class of 2018
CLASS OF 2019
BSK TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
View photos from the event in SCO's photo galleries.