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Commencement 2018

group of students in cap and gowns.

New England College of Optometry will celebrate its 124th commencement ceremony to honor the Class of 2018 on Sunday, May 20th, 2018. To assist in planning for the event, the Commencement weekend schedule, tickets information, accessibility details and accommodations suggestions will be updated as they become available. Please email if you have any further questions or need more information.

Commencement Weekend Schedule 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Class of 2018 Open House Reception
TIME: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: New England College of Optometry,  424 Beacon Street, Boston MA  
Reception will be held at the College for graduates and their invited guests.  More details will be emailed to the students as the date approaches.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Commencement Exercises
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM   (End time approximate) 
LOCATION: Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA


Every graduate will be given ten tickets for the ceremony.  Graduates should watch their NECO email accounts for information on ticket distribution.


For guests in need of a hotel reservation for Commencement weekend, you may view a list of local hotels at:

In addition, NECO has reserved blocks of rooms at Boston-area hotels for our graduates’ guests:

Colonnade Hotel

120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA  02116
Distance from Symphony Hall: 7-minute walk/.4 mi

Blocked rooms are available the evenings of May 18, 19, and 20. 
Rates: $329.00 - $389 per night.
Must reserve by: Friday, April 27, 2018 to receive the group rate.
Call: (800) 962-3030 to reserve and mention NECO (New England College of Optometry) group when you call.

You may also reserve online on the Colonnade website

Loews Boston Hotel

154 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 
Distance from Symphony Hall: 18-min walk/.9 mi

Blocked Rooms are available for the evenings of May 18, 19, 20.
Rate: $319.00 - $389.00 per night
Must reserve by Wednesday, April 18, 2018 to receive the group rate.
Call 855-495-6397 to make your reservation or reserve online.

Fairmont Copley Plaza

138 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA 02116 
Distance from Symphony Hall: 15-min walk/.7 mi

Blocked rooms are available the evenings of May 18, 19 & 20.
Rate: $399.00 - $439.00 per night
Must reserve by April 18, 2018 to receive the group rate.
Please reserve online for the Fairmont Copley.


Professional photographers from Lifetouch will be taking class group photos, along with a photograph of each graduate as he/she is hooded and presented with the diploma.  These photographs will be available online for viewing and ordering here:


The entire graduation ceremony will be professionally recorded on video for graduates and guests to watch online after graduation.  In addition, you will have the option to purchase a DVD or download a file of the video to your computer.  A link to the website to access the ceremony will be shared with the class via email following graduation.


Symphony Hall is wheelchair accessible.  Please email for more information if any of your guests require wheelchair access.

Diploma Frames

For those wishing to purchase diploma frames, please visit the site: The NECO diploma is 11x14 held horizontally (landscape).

For any additional questions, please contact the Student Services Office at NECO: 617-587-5621 or email: