News & Events

Whether it's an article on the front page of an industry magazine or a Thursday-afternoon Colloquium lecture by one of the top minds in optics, the news and events of the College of Optical Sciences keep information in motion in the Meinel Building.

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College of Optical Science Latest NewsWatts Up! & Other News

OSC's primary source of information is our biweekly newsletter, Watts Up! But you can also explore all things UA Optics through our press releases, feature articles, media mentions and quicknews.

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College of Optical Sciences ColloquiumsColloquium Lecture Series

A lively forum wherein academic scholars and industry leaders discuss groundbreaking research and encourage questions and comments. Held on Thursdays during the academic year, the forum is open to students, faculty, the optics community and the general public.

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College of Optical Sciences Event CalendarCalendar of Events

View a month-by-month overview of UA and OSC events, including those for alumni, colloquiums, workshops, presentations and other industry related events.

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College of Optical Sciences Photo GalleriesOSC Photo Galleries

We make an effort to document every significant event that occurs at the College of Optical Sciences. Peruse events going back to 2003 in our photo gallery section.

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College of Optical Sciences VIdeosOSC Videos

The College of Optical Sciences, its faculty and students and events and presentations have been featured in numerous videos ranging from local news pieces to associated YouTube channels. 

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Featured Events

  • Friday, December 7, 2018   - Thursday, December 13, 2018  
  • Friday, December 14, 2018 - 3:00pm
    Graduates must arrive by 2:45 p.m. The ceremony will be followed by a reception with light refreshments in the 3rd floor lobby. The ceremony and reception will last approximately 1.5 hours. Graduates may bring as many guests as they would like, but you must RSVP by December 13th. If guests require special accommodations, graduates must contact Jennifer Garcia at or (520) 621-4111 to ensure your needs are met. Parking InformationUA Parking and Transportation Services will provide complimentary parking at the Cherry Avenue Garage for the College of Optical Sciences Commencement Celebration on a space-available basis. You will need to indicate in your RSVP how many parking spaces your party will require so that we may request an appropriate amount of spaces/passes. Or the location of the Cherry Avenue Garage, please view the Campus parking Map (attached). The Cherry Avenue Garage is shown in red at E6. Parking in Zone 1 surface lots and metered parking will be free beginning at 5:00 p.m. Graduate Student Attire Cap, gown and appropriate hood can be purchased directly from the UA Bookstore, either in person or online. Stoles of gratitude are optional. OSC will provide your college-specific tassel when you check in on the day of the commencement ceremony. The most important piece is the regalia hood, where the dean or your faculty advisor will ceremonially put it on you. Since Optical Sciences does not have a designated hood color, students usually select orange (for engineering) or science gold (for science).
  • Monday, December 17, 2018  
  • Monday, December 24, 2018   - Tuesday, December 25, 2018