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December Commencement Convocation

December Graduation

Information for Guests

Rotunda Recessional

Friday, December 16, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. 

McFarlin Auditorium 
6405 Boaz Lane

Dallas, Texas 75205

You do not need to RSVP for this event. Family and friends are invited to come watch the candidates walk from McFarlin Auditorium to Dallas Hall.


December Commencement 

Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. 

Doors open at 8:30 a.m., guests are encouraged to be seated by 9:45 a.m

Moody Coliseum
3009 Binkley Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75205


Guest Passes

Candidates are not limited on the number of guests at December Commencement in Moody Coliseum, and passes are not required. Seating in Moody Coliseum is not guaranteed and is on a first come basis. Saving seats is not permitted. If the venue reaches capacity, guests will be directed to a simulcast location. The ceremony is a lengthy and formal event not suitable for infants or young children. The ceremony will also be live streamed at smu.edu/live.


Guests with Mobility Impairments

Guests with mobility impairments may park on the second level of Binkley Garage located at the corner of Binkley Avenue and Ownby Drive. To park on this level, a current state-issued disabled parking placard and/or license plate are needed. Otherwise, guests may be dropped off on this level and cars are directed to park on the upper levels of Binkley. 

Please note that mobility-impaired seating is limited. Guests seated in the mobility-impaired seating area are allowed one attendant to accompany them.

Please contact 214-768-3417 or ceremonies@smu.edu with questions regarding guests with mobility impairments.


 

Decorum and Attire

December Commencement is a true milestone in the lives of our candidates, their guests, and the SMU community at large.  Excitement, joy, and enthusiasm are expected and welcomed!

We ask, however, that all graduates and guests respect the importance and dignity of this occasion. Please remain seated throughout the ceremony and do not bring items that might disrupt the ceremony. Cell phones and other electronic devices should be silenced.

Guests should dress with comfort in mind as the ceremony is held inside Moody Coliseum and the temperature is generally cool.  Men traditionally wear pants and sport coats or suits.  Women typically wear dress slacks and blouses or dresses.


Hotels

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Parking and Access

Those attending December Commencement may park in any of the University's parking centers. Laws and regulations that prohibit parking in fire lanes and limit who may use areas reserved for the disabled are strictly enforced.

 


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Photographs

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.


Ceremony Livestream

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