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Celebrating 125 Years

Throughout 2019, New England College of Optometry celebrates its 125th anniversary. Please join us as we celebrate our past, present, and future together.



Celebrating 125 Years of Innovation 

For 125 years, New England College of Optometry has been educating individuals and leading the way towards optometric innovations.  Throughout our history, as the role of the optometrist has continued to evolve, as well as the definition of optometry, NECO has remained flexible in our response.  Throughout this time, NECO has prepared leaders in the field, addressing changes in technology, and finding opportunities for change and growth.

Over the last hundred years, optometry has changed from a profession of selling eyeglasses to one of understanding about vision and health, eye health and eye disease. The College has changed along with it. From the front rooms of August Klein's home on Rutland Street to the gleaming rotunda on Beacon Street, we have educated thousands of men and women to become fine eye care providers and leaders of our profession. Today, as we celebrate the achievements of our last century, we eagerly await the promise of the next.

Chairman of the Board, Joseph Bickford OD, 1994

Twenty-five years later, we continue to acknowledge and adapt to the changes in optometry, technology, healthcare, and practice.

Follow Our Celebration!

Throughout 2019, we'll be featuring moments from our past and our present on our website, on our social media, and through our communications. Help us celebrate by attending events, following us on social media, sharing your photos, stories, and quotes.  Check back periodically to see events and information listed on this page.

Anniversary Events

We are excited to celebrate our quasquicentennial throughout the year. Stay tuned for more details on this page.

  • January: 125 Kick-off Event: Community Reception, 125 Anniversary Website 
  • June: Alumni & Friends Reception AOA Optometry's Meeting 2019, St. Louis
  • October: Anniversary Gala, Alumni & Friends Reception Academy 2019, Orlando

Get Social

Help share your NECO pride by sharing photos, stories, and quotes on our social media streams. Follow us on social media:  InstagramFacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn. Use the hashtags #NECO125,  #CelebratingNECO and #NECOHistory.