NEW YORK—With summer on the horizon, it is officially graduation season across the country, from pre-k “Stepping Up” ceremonies to conferring doctorates. And, of course, hundreds of students in the U.S. are also graduating from optometry school this May, making the transition from student to doctor and entering the workforce. This weekend, we’re taking a look at how a few optometry schools are celebrating their 2024 graduates—and welcoming a new group of ODs into the world.  

The New England College of Optometry celebrated its graduates with the hashtag #NECOProud. Image via neco_optometry on Instagram

Nova Southeastern University shared a congratulatory message to its entire graduating class. Image via nsuoptometry on Instagram

The University of Houston College of Optometry looked back at an optometry school experience that was characterized by COVID, perseverance and lots of studying. Image via uh_optometry on Instagram

The day before commencement, Marshall B. Ketchum University celebrated its graduates from both the Southern California College of Optometry and its College of Pharmacy. Image via ketchumuniversity on Instagram

Michigan College of Optometry wished the best for its class of 2024. Image via Michigan College of Optometry on Facebook

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry shared a video recap of graduation day. Image via uaboptometry on Instagram

NSU Oklahoma College of Optometry celebrated graduation alongside Dr. Roger Montgomery, NSU grad and former Cherokee Nation executive medical director. Image via nsuokopt on Instagram

Ohio State Optometry graduates had some fun at commencement. Image via ohiostateoptometry on Instagram

University of Missouri–St. Louis College of Optometry graduates gathered for a class picture. Image via umsleye on Instagram

SUNY Optometry celebrated graduation at New York City's iconic Gotham Hall. Image via sunyopt on Instagram Stories