MBKU Graduates Join The Ranks Of More Than 4,000 SCCO Colleagues From The Third Oldest Optometry School In The Nation

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Marshall B. Ketchum University conferred 96 Doctor of Optometry degrees, 47 residency certificates, one Master of Science degree as well as one honorary degree at its 111th commencement ceremony.

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Our alumni all around the world continue to provide excellent patient care, sound research for our profession and strides for a career in optometry.

The Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University held its 111th commencement exercise on Thursday, May 21, at the Ernest A. Hutchinson Memorial Amphitheater on its Fullerton campus and conferred 96 Doctor of Optometry degrees, 47 residency certificates, one Master of Science degree as well as one honorary degree. University President Kevin L. Alexander, O.D., Ph.D., and SCCO Dean Stanley Woo, O.D., M.S., M.B.A., presided over the ceremony.

“This is a significant milestone for each graduate,” said Dr. Kevin Alexander. “All will be expected to render the highest quality care to their patients and also to become a leader in their community and profession. I congratulate each of my new colleagues and welcome them to the profession.”

Addressing the graduates was the President of the American Optometric Association David A. Cockrell, O.D. Dr. Cockrell has been instrumental in the expansion of the scope of optometric practice and privileges in the United States, including the inclusion of optometry in the Affordable Care Act of 2010. He delivered to the Class of 2015 a motivational address to the new doctors about to embark on their careers as optometrists.

“We are very proud to have Dr. Cockrell address the Class of 2015,” remarked Dr. Alexander. “He has dedicated so much to lay the groundwork for this class to do more in this profession than has ever before been possible. As a past AOA president, I know how much work that takes. I am also so proud of this class of graduates and all they are going to accomplish.”

Dr. Alexander then also conferred upon Dr. Cockrell the honorary degree - Doctor of Laws for recognition of his legislative service to the profession.

Martin H. Carroll, O.D., an alumnus of the college currently practicing in Wyoming, was recognized as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by SCCO Alumni Association President and fellow graduate and optometrist Dr. Charles C. Luu. Faculty then recognized 30 of the 47 Residents of the college who were in attendance; the remaining 17 Residents completing their 5th year of specialized education remain largely out-of-state. Immediately following, the college conferred its third-ever Master of Science degree in the field of Vision Science.

“The graduates this university yields continue to astound me,” said University Provost Morris S. Berman, O.D., M.S. “Our alumni all around the world continue to provide excellent patient care, sound research for our profession and strides for a career in optometry.”

Remarks were offered by class valedictorian Stephanie A. Makalintal, followed by the presentation of the Class of 2015 by SCCO Dean Stanley Woo, O.D., M.S., M.B.A. The ceremony closed with a reading of The Optometric Oath written by Richard L. Hopping, a past president of the university as well as a past president of the American Optometric Association.

“The traditions of excellence at SCCO were seen manifest today in our graduates,” stated Dean Woo. “I am so proud of each one of them. I am excited to see them navigate the changing landscape of health care as it becomes a collaborative practice environment now more than ever before. We are delighted to celebrate their achievements with family and friends, as they join the wonderful profession of optometry.”

About Marshall B. Ketchum University
MBKU is now home to the Southern California College of Optometry and the College of Health Sciences. The University confers a four-year, professional degree, Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) and a Master of Science in Vision Science (M.S.) degree. MBKU’s School of Physician Assistant Studies under the College of Health Sciences awards a Master of Medical Sciences (M.M.S.) degree. MBKU has recently announced plans to establish a College of Pharmacy and plans to welcome its first class in the fall of 2016. MBKU owns and operates two premier eye and vision care centers – University Eye Center at Fullerton and University Eye Center at Los Angeles. Marshall B. Ketchum University closed on a deal in January, 2015 to purchase a building in Anaheim, CA. The building will be the new home of Ketchum Health, currently the University Eye Center housed at MBKU’s main campus in Fullerton. In addition, the new space will allow for expansion of additional primary health care services, as well as a pharmacy.

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