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June 29, 2004

SUNY Optometry Establishes Confucius Institute

On Sunday, June 6, 63 graduates received Doctor of Optometry degrees; 27 received Certificates of Advanced Competence in Clinical Residency Programs; four received Doctor of Philosophy in Vision Science; and three received Master of Science in Vision Science from the State University of New York, State College of Optometry at its 30th Commencement. College President Alden N. Haffner said during the ceremony, Not only is Commencement a proud day for the College, but it is a special day for its stellar graduates and notably for their family members and friends. They have given so much in commitment, support and in sacrifice such that this day, in so many ways, is uniquely theirs. I pay my earnest respect to them for their critically important support. Lieutenant General James B. Peake, M.D., Surgeon General, Department of the Army, and Commander, U.S. Army Medical Command, was the Commencement speaker. Lieutenant Peake is the recipient of numerous decorations and awards including the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit and Purple Heart, among others. He has written extensively on public and military medicine and is a respected speaker at medical meetings in the United States and abroad. Honorary Degree recipients included W. Neil Charman, Ph.D., Professor of visual optics at the Department of Optometry and Neuroscience, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in Manchester England; Thomas F. Freddo, O.D., Ph.D., Professor of Ophthalmology, Pathology and Anatomy at Boston University School of Medicine, Associate in Ophthalmology at Boston Medical Center Hospital, Adjunct Professor of Optometry, New England College of Optometry, Senior Consultant, Ophthalmic Pathology, Boston Medical Center; and David H. Hubel, M.D., John Franklin Enders University Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard University. In 1981, Dr. Hubel and Dr. Torsten Wiesel were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology.