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December Commencement Convocation

December Graduation

Information for Graduation Candidates

Saturday, December 19, 2015
10:00 a.m.
Moody Coliseum

Applying for Graduation

See Apply for Graduation page

Ceremony Instructions

December Commencement (all graduating students)

Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Moody Coliseum (8:30 a.m. - Student line up begins in Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports)  
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 Convocation assembles degree candidates from all of SMU's schools and professional programs. 

Students will line up in the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. Please proceed to the main entrance of the building. Candidates must have academic regalia to be admitted into Dedman Center. No honor cords or other decorations or adornments are worn to this ceremony. This includes pins, sashes, leis, etc. Students without regalia or with altered mortarboards 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. You should arrive early to avoid graduation day traffic.

Assemble with your degree group. Signs will be posted and faculty marshals will be on duty. The student procession will begin moving at 9:50 a.m. Faculty Marshals will direct you to your seat. Please follow the marshals' directions. Remain standing until invited to sit.

Please leave bags, 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. The building will not be accessible after the event.  

Guests, for more information please go to Guest Information.

Commencement Tickets

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.

Announcements and Invitations

Personalized invitations and announcements may be ordered at the SMU Bookstore or directly from

These announcements and invitations contain the name and degree of the candidate. For additional information, please call the SMU Bookstore at 214-768-2435.

Grad Fair

The Grad Fair will be held in rooms 108, 110 & 112 of the Laura Lee Blanton Building on:

Friday, October 16 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The following companies will have representatives available at the Grad Fair to help you get ready for graduation:

Academic Ceremonies Receive ceremony instructions and guest information
SMU Bookstore Order a diploma frame 
Balfour Order your SMU Ring from Balfour Representatives
Herff Jones Order regalia, invitations, and announcements
Young Alumni Stay connected with SMU even after you graduate
Flash Photography Get professional Cap & Gown photographs taken

Academic Regalia

Regalia Instructions

All participating candidates must wear SMU academic regalia. Pre-ordered regalia will be available for pickup at the SMU Bookstore beginning Saturday, December 12th. 

No honor cords, decorations or adornments may be worn to the ceremony, including messages or images on mortarboards. This includes pins, sashes, leis, etc. 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.


Acquiring Regalia

Orders for academic regalia must be placed at the Grad Fair or through the Herff Jones website by Sunday, November 8th.  Regalia is available for pickup from the SMU Bookstore beginning on December 12th.

If you do not pre-order your regalia, a selection of regalia is available at the SMU Bookstore. There is no guarantee that the Bookstore has the exact size you need.

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. Students are also responsible for checking that they have received all needed items and verifying that the discipline color is correct when picking up their order.

If you are a Doctoral candidate and are unsure if you are graduating in December, please place an order. If you do not need the regalia, you will be reimbursed the rental fee.

Returning Regalia

All rented gowns and hoods must be returned to the SMU Bookstore by 5:00 p.m. on the Sunday after commencement. Please note that a $10.00 per-day late return fee is applied on Monday morning.

Ph.D. and D.E. candidates in Dedman College, Lyle School of Engineering, and Simmons School of Education and Human Development are 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 online during the ordering process. 

If you wish to purchase your regalia, please contact Didi Archilla 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 Ring and Fall Ring Ceremony

The SMU Ring is a tangible and recognizable symbol of pride in SMU and its history. It is a link with classmates, friends, and alumni spread all over the world, as well as a reminder of accomplishments and experiences during college years. Students wear the ring with the seal facing them until the granting of degrees at Commencement. After graduation the ring is worn with the seal facing outward to symbolize that the graduate is now ready to face the world!

The design of the SMU Centennial Ring is based on the very first SMU Ring from 1924, and will only be available to students through 2015. It commemorates your time at SMU during the special celebration of its centennial, and serves as an enduring symbol of SMU's rich 100-year history. It can be purchased at the Grad Fair, online at, or by calling 1-800-BALFOUR.

The 2015 Fall Ring Ceremony will take place in the Rotunda of Dallas Hall on Tuesday, December 8th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  

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.

Preservation Frames

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 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.

Diplomas and Transcripts

Diplomas will be mailed to your HOME or DIPLOMA address on or after Friday, January 29, 2016.

Transcripts with degrees posted will be available for pickup on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 2:00 pm.

Please Note: Candidates who owe money to the University may participate in the commencement ceremony, but diplomas and transcripts will be held until accounts are cleared. For questions regarding your account, please contact Enrollment Services at 214-768-3417

Ceremony Livestream

There will be a livestream of December Commencement for guests who are unable to attend the ceremony. Please visit