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June 6, 2012

SUNY College of Optometry Holds 38th Commencement

On Sunday, June 3, 70 graduates received Doctor of Optometry degrees at the SUNY  College of Optometry’s 38th Commencement in the Hudson Theater. In addition, one Ph.D. degree and 5 O.D – M.S. degrees were awarded.

Dr. Dori M. Carlson, the first female President of the American Optometric Association, was the Commencement speaker.  Dr. Joseph Anthony Movshon and Dr. William Thomas Newsome, III internationally recognized research scientists, each received honorary degrees. Dr. Movshon is the Silver Professor of Neural Science and Psychology at New York University and   Dr. Newsome is a Professor of Neurobiology at Stanford University School of Medicine. 

 Dr. Richard J. Madonna ’85 received the Alumnus of the Year Award for his leadership and dedication to students and to the profession of optometry. Dr. Madonna is the recently appointed Chairman of the Department of Clinical Education. 

Dr. David Heath, College President, presided over the ceremonies and congratulated the graduates on choosing a career path that will call upon their knowledge, skills and compassion and will bring them not only professional satisfaction, but great personal satisfaction as well.