BUSINESS: The Independent Eye: Optical on Main Street Optometry’s Next Generation Celebrates Graduation By Gwendolyn Plummer Wednesday, May 26, 2021 8:30 AM NEW YORK—With summer on the horizon and the school year wrapping up, graduation season is in full swing. This year’s graduations are not quite the same as they used to be, with many ceremonies still taking place virtually or with capacity caps, but the accomplishment of finishing school and getting that diploma is just as worthy of celebration as it has always been. Across the country, many optometry schools wrapped up this May, and many new ODs headed to Instagram to celebrate their incredible accomplishment. At the same time, many college graduates across the country are gearing up for their next step: optometry school. This week, we’re taking a look at some of those new faces in optometry. Congratulations to all of this year’s graduates! NECO’s Health Centers Network celebrates graduates from its Dimock Center residency program. Image via necohealthcenters on Instagram.Ishani Patel, OD, celebrates graduating from Kentucky College of Optometry, and reflects on her road to here. Image via ishyyfishyy on Instagram.Mohit Batra, OD, headed to Instagram to invite his followers to join his virtual graduation ceremony from Pennsylvania College of Opomtery. Image via iammohitbatra on Instagram.Black Eyecare Perspective’s Pre-Optometry Club celebrates their very own Autumn Wooten, OD, who just graduated from UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry. Image via beppoc on Instagram.Kiara Stevenson celebrated her graduation from Michigan State University. She’s heading to Illinois College of Optometry for her OD. Image via kiarastevenson1 on Instagram.Kristine Le, OD, celebrates her graduation from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. She also shared in another post that she was voted “Most likely to be famous on Social Media” in her class superlatives. Image via seewithdrle on Instagram.Nova Southeastern University’s Contact Lens and Cornea Society celebrates its board members who graduated this year: Kristine Le, OD; Raazia Syedda, OD; and Michael Nguyen, OD. Image via clks_nsuco on Instagram.