8 November 2023

College welcomes over 460 new optometrists to the profession at 2023 Diploma Ceremony

The event, one of the highlights of the College’s annual calendar, took place at Central Hall, Westminster on Tuesday 7 November.

The stunning Grade II listed building, overlooking Westminster Abbey Hall, provided a palatial setting again for this year’s ceremony.

Welcoming the new members to the College and the profession, College President, Professor Leon Davies FCOptom, said: 

“Today marks a milestone in your careers and will, I hope, be a day that you remember fondly forever.

“Your professional journeys begin now, and I look forward to seeing many of your names celebrated again at future College ceremonies, as you each make your mark on our profession.

“Your careers will make a positive difference to the lives of many patients, as you help to preserve and enhance their vision and their lives. There will be both challenges and opportunities along the way, and I wish each and every one of you the very best as you go forwards. Many congratulations to all of you.” 

In addition to welcoming newly qualified optometrists into membership, the College also awarded three new Life Fellowships, and two Honorary Fellowships. These accolades are the highest awarded by the College and are bestowed for outstanding contribution to the profession or to the College. 

Four College members also received a Fellowship by Portfolio in recognition of achievement in the workplace and outstanding contributions to furthering excellence in the practice of optometry. 

The ceremony also included the presentation of the College’s prestigious Research Excellence Awards, which recognise the exceptional work of talented and committed individuals working in the fields of optometry, optics and vision science.

Photos from the day can be viewed on the College's Facebook channel

Related further reading

How women are taking the lead In optometry and changing the face of the profession.

A message from Leon Davies, College President