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Commencement 2018

ICO Graduating Class of 2018

Commencement 2018

On May 19, 2018, the Illinois College of Optometry celebrated its 175th Commencement. Together, we welcomed 154 new doctors into the profession of optometry. This year’s ceremony was in a brand new location- the Chicago Symphony Center. The 2018 Commencement Address was delivered by ICO’s president, Dr. Arol Augsburger, who will be retiring later in the year.

Relive ICO Commencement day with this collection of media and materials. In addition to the below, video footage and pictures can be found on social media using hashtag #ICOClassof2018. Finally, the ICO journey doesn’t end with Commencement! Click the links to the left on this page to discover the resources and opportunities available to all ICO alumni.

Congratulations, new doctors!


Press Release – complete and send this document to your hometown paper for some well-earned local love

The Program – the program used during the ceremony is right here

Entire Ceremony – view the full ceremony here


154 members in the graduating class
71% of graduates are female
25 states represented
5 Canadian provinces represented
34% of students graduated with high honors
29% of students entering post-doctoral residency education programs
$200,000+ in scholarships and awards were recognized at Capstone