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Join us in celebration of the ICO Class of 2019 as our students become Doctors of Optometry.

When Sunday, May 19, 2019, 11 a.m.

Guests with tickets may enter Symphony Center at approximately 10:00 a.m. in the order that they arrived. At approximately 10:45 a.m., guests without tickets will be allowed seating as it is available.

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Where Symphony Center 220 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60604

Parking Click HERE for information on garages surrounding the venue.

For discounted parking, try apps like ParkWhiz or SpotHero on your smart phone.

Photography & Social Media A professional photographer will be capturing each graduate’s big moment on stage as s/he receives their diploma. ICO provides one portrait to each graduate at no cost. 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 #ICOClassof2019 to join the conversation!

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

Dr Eng ICOCommencement Speaker
This year’s Commencement Address will be delivered by Dr. Karen Eng. Dr. Eng currently chairs the ICO Board of Trustees, and is the CEO of a process and packaging engineering and management consulting company called CSMI. Her passions include mentorship and philanthropy, particularly concerning women, minority business owners, and other voices in need of empowerment.

Dr. Eng sits on the Executive Committee on the Board for National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (ACE) and is a Board member for Asian & Pacific Islander American Votes (APIA Votes). In the public sector, she has positions on the State of Illinois Business Enterprise Program Council and The Illinois Census Count Commission 2020.

Dr. Eng is a graduate of University of California, San Diego with a Biochemistry and Biology degree. She earned her Doctorate of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry. Today, she proves that a strong optometric education can benefit a wide spectrum of career paths.