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Commencement 2017

Commencement 2017

Illinois College of Optometry Graduates at Commencement
Please join us in celebration of the ICO Class of 2017 as these students become Doctors of Optometry.

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 11 a.m.

Guests with tickets can enter the chapel at approximately 10:15 a.m. in the order they arrived. At approximately 10:45 a.m., guests without tickets will be allowed seating as it is available.

Rockefeller Chapel
5850 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

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Commencement Reception
A reception honoring the Class of 2017 will be held at Ida Noyes Hall immediately following the ceremony. Ida Noyes Hall is located across the street from Rockefeller Chapel.

Graduates should plan to return the cap, gown and hood by 1:30 p.m. to ICO staff located in Ida Noyes Hall. In return, the graduate will receive the diploma. If graduates would like to keep the cap and gown for photos, they may do so, but must return on Monday ONLY in the ICO Student Affairs Office.

Plenty of parking is typically available on Woodlawn Avenue, University Avenue, 57thDrive, 59>th Street, and the Midway Plaisance. Click here to view a map of the area.

Photography & Social Media
A professional photographer will be capturing each graduate’s big moment on stage as he/she receives the diploma. ICO provides one portrait to each graduate at no cost. Designated areas in the balcony provide space for personal photography or video. Due to a very strict fire code, family members are not permitted to walk forward (and block aisles) for photography.

We’ll be posting Commencement news and pictures to ICO’s Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram. Just be sure to tag us and use hashtag #ICOClassof2017 to join the conversation!

Please contact Sharon Uher in the Student Affairs Office with any questions: 312.949.7405 or