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June 23, 2010

36th Commencement Held at Hudson Theater

On Sunday, June 6th, at the Hudson Theater in Manhattan, 72 graduates received Doctor of Optometry degrees.  Dr. Edward Johnston, Vice President for Student Affairs of the SUNY College of Optometry, was the Commencement Speaker.  Dr. Johnston, who also served as President of the College from 1978-1987, received the New York Optometrist of the Year Award given by the New York State Optometric Association. 

Dr. Richard Held received the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.  Dr. Held is Professor Emeritus of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, Director of Research and Professor of Vision Science at the New England College of Optometry.  Dr. Held has been a leading scholar in the areas of visual development and myopia.

Dr. Joan Portello, '86 was the recipient of the Alumna of the Year Award for her commitment to her students, patients and the optometry community beyond SUNY.  Her dedication to providing vision care to the community includes organizing vision screenings at local Special Olympics events since 2001, the Diabetes Expo since 2006,  and delivering eye care screenings to the homeless in the Bowery.

Dr. David Heath, President, presided over the ceremonies and congratulated the graduates on meeting the challenges of a world-class curriculum and choosing a career path that not only brings numerous opportunities within optometry, vision science and health care, but a path that will also bring them professional success and great personal satisfaction.

Members of the Class of 2010 make a toast to their future

Dr. David Heath, Dr. Richard Held, and Dr. David Troilo

Dr. Edward Johnston delivering the Commencement Address.

Dr. Julia Appel '91, presenting the Alumna of the Year Award to Dr. Joan Portello '86.

Dr. Diane Russo, President of the Class of 2010

Class of 2010 reciting The Optometric Oath