Message from the President and Provost
On behalf of the Southern Methodist University
community, we invite you to attend SMU's ninety-ninth annual
Commencement Weekend, May 16 and 17, 2014. The activities that make
up Commencement Weekend showcase some of the University's best
traditions and are designed to recognize the pride we all feel in
our students' accomplishments.
The Baccalaureate Service on Friday evening enables graduating
seniors and their guests to worship together. Later, as these
seniors march through the Rotunda of Dallas Hall for the tradition
known as Rotunda Recessional, they mark the end of their
undergraduate years and the beginning of their lifelong association
with SMU as alumni.
On Saturday morning, the University Commencement Convocation
assembles degree candidates from all of SMU's schools and
professional programs. Moody Coliseum becomes transformed by the
pageantry of students and faculty in academic regalia marching
behind the colorful banners of their respective schools,
accompanied by music and applause from their families.
The personal attention so important to SMU takes center stage at
ceremonies later in the day, when schools and departments
individually recognize each graduate.
The spirit of community combined with our celebration of the
individual is what makes SMU's Commencement a special time. We hope
you will join us in May as we pay tribute to the members of the SMU
Class of 2014! We extend our warmest wishes as you celebrate this
Paul W. Ludden