Skip To Main Content

Alumni News


NECO Hosts Annual White Coat Ceremony

On Sunday, July 15, 2018, members of the New England College of Optometry (NECO) Class of 2021, AODP 2020, ASIP 2020, and the MS/OD China 2020 gathered with families, faculty, and staff at the annual White Coat Ceremony at George Sherman Union at Boston Union. At the event, students received their white coats and letters granting them clinical privileges. This ceremony marks a milestone in…


NECO Welcomes President Purcell!

New England College of Optometry is pleased to welcome Dr. Howard Purcell, OD ’84, FAAO as the 13th President of the College. Dr. Purcell began his term on July 1, 2018.


NECO Residents Gather at John E. Asarkof 2018 Residency Conference

On June 15, 2018, a group of forty residents gathered at New England College of Optometry’s Beacon Street campus to participate in the John E. Asarkof Spring 2018 Residency Conference. The conference marks the completion of a year of post-graduate residency training for the group in the NECO residency program. Participants in the NECO residency program specialized in areas such as ocular…


NECO Opens New Student Clinical Training Center

New England College of Optometry (NECO) is pleased to announce the opening of its new NECO Clinical Training Center for students. The Clinical Training Center (CTC) provides a state-of-the-art learning facility with traditional and high-tech eye care instruments and advanced learning technology.  The College aims to prepare students to provide care in all types of clinical practice. The CTC includes…


New England College of Optometry Celebrates 124th Commencement

On Sunday, May 20, 2018, New England College of Optometry (NECO) celebrated its 124th commencement ceremony at historic Boston Symphony Hall. The College conferred 126 Doctor of Optometry degrees to students in the four-year OD program and in special programs – AODP (Accelerated Optometry Degree Program), ASIP (Advanced Standing International Program) and MS/OD China. Three students were awarded a Master of Science Degree…


NECO Selects Dr. Howard Purcell As Next President

The New England College of Optometry Board of Trustees has named Howard Purcell, OD ’84, FAAO, Diplomate, as the thirteenth President and CEO of the College. Dr. Purcell was selected following a national search to succeed Clifford Scott, OD, MPH, who will be stepping down after serving for nine years. He will take office on July 2, 2018.


NECO Honors 2018 Scholarship Recipients

New England College of Optometry is please to announce the 2018 Scholarship Recipients. This distinguished group of students was honored for their excellence in scholarship, leadership, and clinical expertise on April 5, 2018.


NECO Student and Alumnus Receive Mattingly Scholarship

Two New England College of Optometry (NECO) students have been selected for the 2018 Bill Mattingly Memorial Scholarship. Micaela Gobeille, Class of 2018, and recent alumnus Rebecca Deffler, Class of 2017, were chosen to receive the $2500 scholarship for their commitment to low vision. The award, co-sponsored by Mattingly Low Vision and the El Paso Community Foundation, was created to honor Bill Mattingly and…


NECO Professor Interviewed on NBC For Revolutionary Low Vision Device

Nicole Ross, OD, MSc, FAAO, Assistant Professor at New England College of Optometry (NECO), was recently interviewed by NBC to share her expertise in low vision devices. The segment focused specifically on the ORCAM, a vision device that utilizes technology to assist individuals who are blind and partially sighted. The device utilizes a wireless smart camera, attached to the side…


NECO Hosts Successful 2018 Career Symposium and AOSA Trade Expo

New England College of Optometry hosted the 2018 Career Symposium and AOSA Trade Expo for students and alumni on Sunday, January 28, 2018. Over 50 alumni and more than 200 NECO students and faculty participated in the day long event. “There was an amazing synergy throughout the College, the gathering of students, residents, alumni, and corporate partners met our expectations of an outstanding day,” explained…


NECO Kicks off Campaign 2020

New England College of Optometry, NECO, has launched an ambitious Fundraising Appeal called Campaign 2020 to support the development of the new clinical campus for students. The new campus includes the newly renovated NECO Center for Eye Care and a boutique optical shop at the Commonwealth location. Construction is slated to begin in January for a contemporary, state-of-the-art student training facility,…


Continuing Education Event Explores Role of New Technologies in Optometry

When the auto-refractor was first introduced, many optometrists were worried this new technology would make their profession obsolete. Fast forward to 2017 and new technologies are entering the field of optometry at a dizzying pace. Today, consumers can access smart-phone apps for anything from refraction and ordering glasses and contacts online at any time of day. Optometrists find themselves at a…

NECO Hosts Successful Alumni Reception at Academy 2017

On Friday, October 13, 2017, New England College of Optometry (NECO) hosted its annual Alumni Reception at Academy 2017 in Chicago. The conference, held on October 11-14, 2017, was the 96th annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry. It was the largest meeting in the Academy’s history with over of 7,500 registrants. Attendees engaged in high-quality continuing education sessions, experienced new products and…

Class of 2021 Leadership Scholarship Recipients Announced

New England College of Optometry (NECO) is pleased to announce the Class of 2021 recipients of the Leadership Scholarships. The NECO Leadership Scholarship program is an interactive mentoring program that pairs first year students with professionals who share their knowledge, expertise and financial support in the form of a tuition stipend.

NECO Hosts Alumni Reunions for 1977, 1987, 1997, and 2007 Graduating Classes

New England College of Optometry, NECO, hosted alumni reunions for classes graduating in the 7s for the past 40 years on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Classmates from ‘77, ‘87, ‘97 and ‘07 gathered at the College to share nostalgic memories, tour the campus, and participate in continuing education. Several classmates arrived on Friday night to enjoy a Boston weekend and time to rekindle friendships.

NECO Welcomes Alumni at Vision Expo West Reception in Las Vegas

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, amidst the dazzle of Las Vegas and Vision Expo West, Dr. Tony Cavallerano, Director of Professional Relations and Margery Warren, Director of Alumni Relations welcomed twenty alumni attending the conference to join them for an Alumni Breakfast at Morels Bistro.

Kristen Kerber, OD, MS, ‘16 Receives Pediatric Residency Award

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) has announced Kristen Kerber, OD, MS ‘16, as a recipient of the 2017 Terrance N. Ingraham Pediatric Optometry Residency Award. Upon graduating from New England College of Optometry, NECO, Dr. Kerber pursued a year of advanced training through the Pediatric Residency program at NECO. This award honors Dr. Kerber’s commitment and service to the…

New England College of Optometry (NECO) Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Dedication

(Boston, MA) New England College of Optometry (NECO) hosted the formal opening of the NECO Center for Eye Care with a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception on September 18, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Members of the College, Board of Trustees, corporate partners, Boston health care community, MA Commission for the Blind, and local community gathered to help celebrate the grand opening of…

Avani Dave, OD ‘17, wins Award for Contact Lens Excellence

Recent graduate Avani Dave, OD ’17, was recently selected to receive the Johnson and Johnson Vision Care Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care. The annual award is given to an outstanding fourth year student clinicians to recognize their work providing excellent contact lens patient care. Dr. Dave was selected as the recipient from New England College of Optometry’s…

NECO Faculty and Alumni Honored by AAOF

(Boston, MA) The American Academy of Optometry Foundation, AAOF, recently announced several 2017 awards to recognize great accomplishments and contributions to the field of optometry. The AAOF annually distributes awards, grants, fellowships, and scholarships to graduate students, optometry students, residents, and faculty to recognize their achievements. This year, several faculty and alumni from New England College of Optometry, NECO, were among…