The Australasian College of Optical Dispensers graduated its first cohort of optical dispensers at a function attended by 71 people in Sydney on 1 June, hosted by ACOD co-directors Messrs James Gibbins and Chedy Kalach.

There were 24 graduates from across Australia present out of the 56 in Australia and New Zealand who have completed the Certificate IV course in optical dispensing at ACOD.

By the time of a planned graduation function sponsored by the Association of Dispensing Opticians New Zealand in Auckland in October, it is expected there will be 30 course graduates in New Zealand.

Specsavers’ Katie Philp, dispensing advancement manager, welcomed the graduates and guests.

The ‘Student Experience’ address was given by Carly Clarke.

After the formal part of the function, the guests moved across to the Aquarium Wharf where they boarded for a harbour cruise for dinner and to view the lights of Vivid.

As the guests were disembarking at the wharf the fireworks of Vivid began to burst overhead, as a spectacular finale!