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NECO Announces 2017 Commencement Keynote Speaker, Award Recipients

For Immediate Release - April 26, 2017 The New England College of Optometry (NECO) will hold its 119th Commencement exercise at 10 am on Sunday, May 21. One hundred forty-seven graduates will receive their Doctor of Optometry degree during the ceremony at Boston’s Symphony Hall. The keynote speech will be delivered by Kris Koenig, director and producer of SIGHT, The Story of Vision, a documentary which is being nationally broadcast on the Public Broadcast System. Its companion film SEEING: A Photon’s Journey Across Space And Mind is featured at select planetariums across the country.

The film, narrated by Sir Elton John, highlights the history of vision, optical devices, and other treatments used to improve sight, as well as the cutting-edge technologies used to diagnose and treat ocular diseases. In addition to delivering the keynote address, Mr. Koenig will be presented with an honorary degree for his achievements at the Commencement ceremony.

Norman Spector, J.D., long-time Trustee and former Chairman of the Board at the College, will receive an honorary degree from New England College of Optometry.   

Presidential Medals will be awarded to Dr. David Fleishman and Blair Wong.  Dr. David Fleishman, ophthalmologist, will receive the award for his lifetime work in collecting and archiving the world’s largest virtual optical museum.  Blair Wong, faculty member at NECO and Benjamin Franklin Institute, will also be awarded a Presidential Medal for his work in engaging student involvement.  Both Presidential Medal recipients were also instrumental in the development of SIGHT.

About New England College of Optometry

New England College of Optometry, NECO, is an independent graduate college of optometry that educates students for careers in eye care delivery, research and education. For over 120 years, the New England College of Optometry has been educating optometrists and leaders in the field. Originally founded in 1894 as the Klein School of Optics, NECO prepares the next generation of eye care providers, educators, leaders, and innovators through a rigorous curriculum and extensive clinical experiences.   Through a vast network of clinical affiliations in the NECO Clinical Network, our students put patient care first, providing vision care to children, older adults, the homeless, and individuals with disabilities through our mobile eye clinic, satellite clinics in schools, homeless shelters, community health centers, and VA medical centers.

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