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Candidate: Ceremony and Security Screening Instructions

Baccalaureate Service, McFarlin Auditorium

 (undergraduate candidates only)

  Friday, May 15, 2015; 8:00 p.m.  Door open at 6:45 p.m.

7:20 p.m. Student line up begins on quad in front of McFarlin. In the event of rain, candidates will be seated directly in McFarlin upon arrival.

See the Description of Events page to learn more about Baccalaureate and the Rotunda Recessional.

Expect heavy street congestion. Construction is underway on Hillcrest Avenue just west of campus; intersection of Bush Avenue and Mockingbird Lane will be closed. Mustang Parking Center is only accessible by car from SMU Boulevard.

Candidates wear full SMU regalia including red stole of gratitude. No other adornments may be worn. For more information regarding the proper attire, see Academic Regalia.

Students begin forming three columns at 7:20 p.m. in front of McFarlin. The candidates, lined up two abreast, begin moving to the auditorium at 7:58 p.m. In the line of march, keep a distance of four feet between pairs. Upon reaching your seat, remain standing until the President is seated.

Candidates do not need a ticket as their name will be on the check-in roster.

All guests, regardless of age, must have a ticket for seating in McFarlin Auditorium. Candidates may request up to 2 guest tickets. Seating is limited. A ticket does not guarantee a seat. Go to Ceremony, Ticket and Security Information for details regarding guest tickets. The ceremony is simulcast in the Hughes-Trigg Theatre and streamed online at smu.edu/live.

Rotunda Recessional

 (undergraduate candidates only)

  Friday, May 15, 2015; following Baccalaureate Service

The Rotunda Recessional from McFarlin Auditorium across the historic main Quad and through the Dallas Hall Rotunda will follow the Baccalaureate Service. Guests will then be dismissed and invited to line the walk to Dallas Hall. In case of rain, there will be no formal recessional, but Dallas Hall will be open for an informal walk of remembrance

See the Description of Events page to learn more about Rotunda Recessional.

Commencement Convocation

 (all graduating students)

  Saturday, May 16, 2015; 9:00 a.m.  Candidate lineup doors open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:45 a.m. Late admission will be denied.

See Description of Events for more about Commencement Convocation. The ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Expect heavy street congestion. Construction is underway on Hillcrest Avenue just west of campus. The intersection of Bush Avenue and Mockingbird Lane will be closed. The Mustang Parking Center is only accessible by car from SMU Boulevard.

Student line-up begins at 7:00 a.m. in Crum Basketball Center and Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. Flash Photography will begin taking formal portraits at 7:30 a.m. You should arrive early to avoid graduation day traffic.

You must have indicated your participation prior to April 24. You will be checked-in at the entry to the lineup. Upon entry you will be given a pass. DO NOT LOSE this pass as it will be required to enter Moody Coliseum.

Candidates wear full SMU regalia. No other adornments may be worn. For more information regarding the proper attire, please see Academic Regalia. Students without regalia or with altered mortar boards will not be admitted.

SECURITY SCREENING AND PROHIBITED ITEMS

Allow ample time for screening

All candidates will be screened with a hand wand; all bags will be checked. Once you are screened, and checked-in, you will be given a pass. DO NOT LOSE this pass as it will be required for entry into Moody Coliseum

Do NOT BRING any of the following prohibited items: strollers, bags/purses, coats, backpacks, briefcases, selfie sticks, noisemakers, signs, cans and glass bottles, guns, knives of any size and type and laser pointers. Only small hand held clutches / wristlets allowed.
Leave personal belongings with one of your guests, as there will be nowhere to store these items during the ceremony. We cannot secure anything left behind. The building will be not accessible after the event.

Candidate Assembly Locations

Doors close at 8:45 am
Late arrivals will be denied admission
  Crum Basketball Center
Enter thru the southside back door that faces the Mustang Parking Center
Dedman Center for Life Time Sports
Enter thru the eastside doors that face the Mustang Parking Center or thru the northwest doors next to the sand volleyball courts
 Column I  Column II  Column III
 

All PhDs and DEs

Dedman College

Meadows

 

Perkins

Lyle

Simmons

Guildhall 


Dedman Law

Cox


The student procession will begin moving at 8:50 a.m. Faculty marshals will direct you to your seat. Remain standing until invited to sit.

Please silence cell phones.

Note regarding guests: Each guest, regardless of age, must have a general admission guest ticket. Seating is limited. A ticket does not guarantee a seat. When seats in Moody Coliseum are filled, guests will be directed to overflow seating at simulcast locations and to the live stream at smu.edu/live. Go to Ceremony, Ticket and Security Information for more information on guest tickets


Diploma Presentation Ceremonies

 (all graduating students)

Saturday, May 16, 2015
The Guildhall at SMU and the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development have their diploma ceremonies on Friday, May 15. See Full Schedule

Wearing full academic regalia, graduates are individually recognized in school or departmental ceremonies. Honor ribbons, stoles and other decorations may be worn for the afternoon diploma presentation ceremonies.

Contact information for the Diploma Presentation Ceremonies is listed on the Events Schedule page.