SMU DECEMBER COMMENCEMENT
Saturday, December 21, 2013
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December Commencement (all graduating students)
Saturday, December 21, 2013; 10 a.m.
3009 Binkley Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75205
December Commencement is a special occasion where all graduates are called on stage to be recognized for their achievement. On Saturday morning, the all-University December Commencement ceremony assembles degree candidates from all of SMU's schools and professional programs.
Students will line up in the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. Candidates must have academic regalia to be admitted into Dedman Center. No honor ribbons or other decorations or adornments are worn to this ceremony. Students without regalia will be directed to the SMU Bookstore to rent a cap and gown. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Groups begin forming at 9:15 a.m. at designated places in the Dedman Center. Doors will close at 9:40 a.m.
Assemble with your degree group. Signs will be posted and faculty marshals will be on duty. The student procession will begin moving at 9:55 a.m. Faculty Marshals will direct you to your seat. Please follow the marshals' directions. Remain standing until invited to sit.
Please leave purses, coats, and other personal belongings with one of your guests. There will be nowhere to store these items during the ceremony. We can not secure anything left inside the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports.
Guests, for more information please go to Guest Information.
Graduation candidates and guests of graduation candidates do not need a ticket to attend the Saturday morning Commencement Convocation in Moody Coliseum.
Guests, for more information please go to Guest Information.
Please see the Guest Information page for details on how your friends and family can receive discounted airfare and automobile travel.
Announcements and Invitations
Personalized invitations and announcements may be ordered at the SMU Bookstore or directly from http://www.herffjones.com/college/smu.
These announcements and invitations contain the name and degree of the candidate. For additional information, please call the SMU Bookstore at 214-768-2435.
The Grad Fair will be held in rooms 108, 110 & 112 of the Laura Lee Blanton Building on:
|Thursday, October 17
||10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
|Friday, October 18
||10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The following companies will have representatives available at the Grad Fair to help you get ready for graduation:
||Receive ceremony instructions and guest information
||Order your SMU Ring from Balfour Representatives
||Order regalia, invitations, and announcements
|Student Media Company
||Order your SMU Rotunda Yearbook
||Stay connected with SMU even after you graduate
||Get professional Cap & Gown photographs taken
All participating candidates must wear SMU academic regalia. Pre-ordered regalia will be available for pickup at the SMU Bookstore beginning Saturday, December 14th.
No honor ribbons, decorations or adornments may be worn to the ceremony, including messages or images on mortarboards. Students without regalia or with altered mortarboards will be directed to the SMU Bookstore to rent a new cap and/or gown.
- Baccalaureate Candidates - Appropriate attire includes mortarboard with tassel, robe and stole of gratitude. Tassels will be worn on the right until instructed to move them to the left.
- Post Baccalaureate Candidates - Appropriate attire for Master's candidates includes mortarboard with tassel, robe and hood for the degree to be received. All post baccalaureate candidates will rent/purchase hoods from the bookstore and wear them to the ceremony.
- Ph.D. and D.E. candidates - Appropriate attire includes a doctoral robe and mortarboard. Candidates will be will be given hoods during the ceremony.
Orders for academic regalia must be placed at the Grad Fair or through the Herff Jones website by midnight, November 4th. All regalia will be paid for upon pickup from the SMU Bookstore beginning on December 14th.
If you do not pre-order your regalia, a limited selection of regalia will be available at the SMU Bookstore beginning November 14th. The SMU Bookstore may have your size available but there is no guarantee. Telephone and in-person orders will not be accepted at the SMU Bookstore.
Students are responsible for knowing their degree type and discipline color when placing their order. Please review your Degree Progress Report and the Inventory of Academic Programs to determine your degree type and discipline color.
If you are a Doctoral candidate and are unsure if you will graduate in December, please place an order. If you do not need the regalia, you will not be responsible for the rental fee.
For your convenience, the SMU Bookstore will be open extended hours. Please contact them at 214-768-2435 for more details.
*Regalia pick-up times and dates are subject to change. Please call the SMU Bookstore for details.
All rented gowns and hoods must be returned to the SMU Bookstore by 5:00 p.m. on the day of commencement. Please note that a $10.00 per-day late return fee will be applied on Monday morning.
Ph.D. and D.E. candidates will be given hoods during the ceremony and may keep them as a gift from the University.
All graduates may keep their caps and tassels and undergraduates may keep their stoles.
Paying for Regalia
Payment for all regalia will be made upon pick-up, not during the ordering process.
If you wish to purchase your regalia, please contact Rachel Russell at the SMU Bookstore at 214-768-2435 to acquire a custom regalia order form and retail rates. Custom regalia takes approximately 8 weeks to arrive after an order has been placed.
SMU Centennial Ring
In 1997, students, faculty and alumni felt the need to preserve the timeless tradition of the SMU Centennial Ring originally created in 1924. The SMU Centennial Ring is a tangible and recognizable symbol of pride in SMU and its history. The SMU Centennial Ring is a link with classmates, friends and alumni spread all over the world.
The SMU Centennial Ring can be viewed and purchased at the Grad Fair or online at smu.edu/smuring or by calling 1-800-BALFOUR.
For questions regarding the Ring Ceremony, please call 214-768-4740.
Maps & Parking
For details regarding guest parking please visit the Guest Information page.
Personal photographs may be taken only before and after the December Commencement ceremony.
Arrangements have been made with a professional photographer to take candidates' photographs as they walk across the stage. If you have questions concerning photographs, please contact Flash Photography at 214-443-9393, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Diplomas and Preservation Frames
Diplomas will be mailed to your home address on Friday, January 24. If you prefer that your diploma be sent to a different address, please provide a Diploma Address in my.SMU.
You will have an opportunity to purchase a diploma preservation frame from the Michael Sutter Company after commencement. Each diploma preservation frame will contain a second, complimentary diploma! Please visit http://www.michaelsutter.com/pqf.html to view the variety of frames available. All graduates will receive an email from the Michael Sutter Company after commencement with information on how to order a diploma frame.
Please Note: Candidates who owe money to the University may participate in the commencement ceremony, but diplomas will be held until accounts are cleared. For questions regarding your account, please contact Enrollment Services at 214-768-3417
There will be a livestream on the internet of December Commencement for guests who are unable to attend the ceremony. The URL where the ceremony can be viewed worldwide will be e-mailed to the SMU community prior to the ceremony.