The year 2020, a symbolic time for optometry, is finally here! Please join us as we celebrate the Class of 2020 at ICO’s 177th Commencement. Our students will enter the profession as doctors, surrounded by the support of loved ones, friends, and the entire ICO family.


This year’s ICO Commencement will again be held at Chicago’s iconic Symphony Center. Bookmark this page and check back frequently for updated information.


Symphony Center

220 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60604

There are no blocks of rooms reserved in hotels. 

Saturday, May 16, 2020, 11 a.m.


Guests with tickets may enter Symphony Center at approximately 10:00 a.m. on a first come basis. (Any child occupying a seat will need a ticket.) At approximately 10:45 a.m., guests without tickets will be allowed seating as it is available.

For your planning purposes, the Ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes.  Please note that the Symphony Center does not allow balloons at their venue.



Click here for information on garages surrounding the venue.

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







Feel free to sit back and enjoy the festivities- we’ll have photography covered! 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 of this picture. A formal group picture will also be taken. A gallery of candid photos will also become available on our Flickr page. Personal photography is allowed, but due to a very strict fire code, please do not step out of your seat or block aisles.

Social Media: 

We’ll be posting Commencement news and pictures to ICO’s Facebook pageTwitter, and Instagram throughout the day. Be sure to tag us and use hashtag  #ICOClassof2020 to join the conversation!

Live Streaming:

For loved ones who cannot attend Commencement in person, ICO will be live streaming the ceremony on our Facebook page. Please “Like” us in advance, then visit the page at 11 a.m. on May 16.

Additional Questions?
Graduates will receive a Commencement newsletter in late January answering many questions about ticketing, caps and gowns, etc. Please contact Sharon Uher in the Student Affairs Office with any questions: 312-949-7405 or

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