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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 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 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, and Flash Photography. 

Rotunda Recessional

Date: Friday, December 16, 2016
Time: Line up starts at 5:15 p.m.
Location: TBD 
Attire: SMU regalia

One of the University's most symbolic traditions is Rotunda Passage, which includes both a processional and a recessional. The processional welcomes new undergraduate students to the University, and is held the day before classes start. Students enter the back of Dallas Hall, process through the Rotunda, and exit out onto the Main Quadrangle as new members of the SMU student body. 

This tradition is concluded with the Rotunda Recessional that takes place the evening before Commencement. Undergraduate candidates are welcomed by the Student Body President and the Chief Marshal of Academic Ceremonies. After brief remarks, the Chief Marshal leads the students through the front doors of Dallas Hall for a walk through the Rotunda, then exiting through the back doors. This is a symbolic departure from campus as well as a welcome to the SMU Alumni family.

There is no need to RSVP for this event. Family and friends are welcome to watch the candidates walk from the Historic Main Quadrangle to Dallas Hall.

December Commencement Convocation

On Saturday morning, the all-University 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 17, 2016. Students and faculty, dressed in academic regalia, enter the coliseum to grand processional music. Each graduate walks across the stage and is individually recognized at this ceremony. Doctoral candidates are hooded, the President confers degrees and a formal address is delivered. The ceremony lasts approximately two hours.


Guests, for more information please go to Guest Information.

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