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Commencement 2019

New England College of Optometry will celebrate its 125th commencement ceremony to honor the Class of 2019 on Sunday, May 19th, 2019. 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 18, 2019

Class of 2019 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 students as the date approaches.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

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 a block of rooms and secured discounts 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

To make a reservation, go to: and use booking code: NEGCOO.
Or call: (800) 962-3030 to reserve and mention New England College of Optometry guest room rates when you call. Booking code: NEGCOO.

Loews Boston Hotel

154 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA, 02116
Distance from Symphony Hall: 18-min walk/.9 mi

Blocked Rooms are available for the evenings of May 17, 18, 19
Rate: $375.00 - $435.00 per night
Must reserve by Wednesday, April 17, 2019 to receive the group rate.
To make a reservation, go to, or call 855-495-6397 and mention you are a guest at the NECO Graduation.


Professional photographers from Lifetouch will be taking class group photos, along with a photograph of each graduate as they are 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). All questions regarding diploma frames should be directed to the company.

For any additional questions, please contact the Student Services Office at NECO: 617-587-5593 or email: