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Information for Guests

December Commencement Convocation - Moody Coliseum

For all candidates
Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.  Doors open at 8:30 a.m.  Guests are encouraged to be
seated by 9:45 a.m. 

December Commencement Location
Moody Coliseum
3009 Binkley Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75205

For a detailed description of the December Commencement ceremony, please visit the Description of Events page.

Guest Tickets

General admission entry tickets are not required for guests.  Saving seats is not permitted and seating is limited.  When seats in Moody Coliseum are filled, guests will be directed to the overflow seating simulcast location in Crum Auditorium.  Please note that mobility-impaired seating is limited.  The ceremony is a lengthy and formal event not suitable for infants or young children.

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/family member to accompany them.

See map below for parking information.

Please contact 214-768-3417 or for additional questions regarding guests with mobility impairments.

Decorum and Attire

SMU's December Commencement Convocation 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, such as air horns or banners. 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.


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Parking and Access

Those attending December Commencement at Southern Methodist University on Saturday, December 19th, may park in any of the University's parking centers.

Binkley Parking Center
Located at the corner of Binkley Avenue and Ownby Drive

Mustang Parking Center
Located off Bush Avenue by the Residential Commons

Moody Parking Center
Located at Airline Road and SMU Boulevard

Airline Parking Center
Located at Airline Road and Daniel Avenue

Meadows Parking Center
Located between Bishop Blvd and Ownby Drive

AA Surface Lot
Located at Airline Road and University Blvd

Directions to campus are available at

No parking will be permitted on Bishop Boulevard.

Laws and regulations that prohibit parking in fire lanes and limit who may use areas reserved for the disabled are strictly enforced.

For parking information for guests with disabilities, please see the Guests with Disabilities segment.

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.

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Personal photographs may be taken only before and after the December Commencement Convocation.

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