A warm welcome to the profession

The Diploma Ceremony is a unique opportunity to welcome new optometrists to the profession, and applaud the achievements of some of the most talented practitioners, researchers and academics working in eye health care today.

Joining your professional body for optometry

As a member of The College of Optometrists you are part of a Royal Charter body that strives for professional excellence in eye health. Your MCOptom or FCOptom affix is recognition of your professional status and commitment to delivering the highest quality patient care. Find out more about what we do

The Diploma Ceremony is the chance to celebrate your achievements – and we’re delighted to finally be able to hold the event in person, at Central Hall Westminster on Tuesday 15 November.  

What you need to know

  • Due to numbers, we will have two ceremonies on 15 November 2022.
  • You will be invited to attend either the morning or afternoon event.
  • You can bring a maximum of two guests to the event.
  • We will be livestreaming the Diploma Ceremony, for you to share with friends and family to watch on the day.
  • You must be a College member to attend.
  • You will need to book your place online using a link we will email to you.
  • Note that you should provide the names of your guests at the point of booking if you know them, as you cannot edit this part of your booking yourself afterwards.
  • We will ask you to book your gown hire and any photography packages via a separate link, which we will email you and add to this page in due course.

If you have any questions or would like to make any changes to your booking, email events@college-optometrists.org


ActivityMorning ceremonyAfternoon ceremony 
Collect gown/see photographers 8.30am1.45pm
Take seats in Great Hall9.30am2.30pm
Ceremony begins 10am3pm
Ceremony closes 12pm5pm
Post-ceremony reception, return gown12-12.45pm 5-5.45pm 


Central Hall Westminster
Storey’s Gate


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