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December Commencement Convocation

December Graduation

Description of Events

Grad Fair

The Grad Fair is a one-stop shop to help candidates prepare for graduation.  The fair will take place on Friday, October 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Laura Lee Blanton Building, Room 110.  The following representatives will be available at the Grad Fair: SMU Academic Ceremonies, Balfour, Herff Jones, SMU Bookstore, Young Alumni, and Flash Photography. 

December Rotunda Recessional (undergraduate candidates only)

Date: Friday, December 18, 2015
Time: Line up starts at 5:00 p.m.
Location: Meet on the front steps of McFarlin Auditorium (hot cider will be served)
Attire: SMU regalia (cap, gown, red SMU stole and tassel).  No adornments permitted (i.e. honor cords, pins, sashes, leis, etc.).

One of the University's most symbolic traditions is Rotunda Passage, which includes both a processional and a recessional.  The processional occurs before Opening Convocation, held the day before students' first day of classes as first-years.  Students process through the back of Dallas Hall, through the Rotunda and onto the quad as a new member of the SMU student body.  This tradition is concluded with the Rotunda Recessional, a symbolic departure from campus and a welcome to the newest members of the SMU Alumni family.

December Rotunda Recessional occurs the day before December Commencement Convocation.  Undergraduate candidates are welcomed by the Student Body President and Chief Faculty Marshal for SMU academic ceremonies.  After brief remarks, the Chief Marshal leads the students to Dallas Hall for a walk through the Rotunda, passing the great seal of the University and exiting on to University Boulevard.  As you pass through the Rotunda, listen for the strains of Varsity and reflect on your time here at SMU. 

There is no need to RSVP for this event.  Family and friends are welcome to watch the candidates walk outside from McFarlin Auditorium to Dallas Hall.  We ask that guests gather on either side of the diagonal sidewalk between the two buildings, forming an alley for the student participants to pass through on their way to the Rotunda. 

December Commencement Convocation

On Saturday morning, the all-University December Commencement Convocation assembles degree candidates from all of SMU's schools and professional programs. The ceremony takes place in Moody Coliseum at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2015. Students and faculty, dressed in academic regalia, enter the coliseum to grand processional music.  Our Commencement speakers provide words of timeless wisdom. The personal attention so important to SMU takes center stage at this ceremony where each graduate walks across the stage and is individually recognized. December Commencement is a formal ceremony in which graduation candidates, faculty and other University guests wear academic regalia and formally process into Moody Coliseum. Doctoral candidates are hooded, the President confers degrees and a formal address is delivered. The ceremony lasts approximately two hours and guests do not need tickets.

Guests, for more information please go to Guest Information.

Students, for more information and ceremony instructions, please go to Candidate Information.