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June 6, 2011

SUNY Optometry Holds 37th Commencement

On June 5, 65 SUNY College of Optometry graduates received Doctor of Optometry degrees at the Hudson Theater in Manhattan. Randolph Brooks, O.D., former President of the American Optometric Association, was the Commencement Speaker.

Frederick A. Miles Ph.D.,received the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.  Dr. Miles is a leading authority in eye  movements and is the former Chief of Ocularmotor Control at the National Eye Institute. John Robson, Ph.D., Senior Research Professor in Vision Science at the University of Houston College of Optometry, also received an honorary degree.

"In these times of great economic and personal challenge, your skills, knowledge and compassion are needed more than ever and I am confident that you will serve your patients and the public well, " said Dr. David Heath, College President, who presided over the ceremonies.

Dr. William C. Folsom received the College's highest honor, the Benjamin Franklin Society Award, for his more than 60 years of contributions to the profession of Optometry. Dr. Folsom was also recognized for his leadership gift of $2 million for the College's Vision and Promise Campaign.

For his work as the President of the New York Chapter of Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity (VOSH), Dr. Jorge Won, Class of '85 was given the "Alumnus of the Year " award. Dr. Won has lead numerous volunteer missions to underserved areas of the world to provide vision care.


Dr. Randolph Brooks served as the Commencement speaker.


In this photo (L-R): Dr. David Troilo, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs;
Honorary Degree Recipients Frederick A. Miles, Ph.D. and John Robson, Ph.D., and Dr. David Heath, College President.