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Schedule of Events

Honorary Degree Symposia

Honorary Degree recipients and symposia information will be posted later in the spring semester.

Baccalaureate Service  (undergraduate candidates only)

  Friday, May 15


Assembly of Candidates for Baccalaureate (Undergraduate Students Only)

Location: Historic Main Quadrangle in front of Dallas Hall
Time: 7:20 PM

Carillon Concert

Location: Fondren Science Bell Tower
Time: 7:30 PM

Baccalaureate Service (Undergraduate Students Only)

Location: McFarlin Auditorium
Time: 8:00 PM

Live simulcast held in Theater, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Students are entitled to two guest tickets. Doors to McFarlin open at 6:45 p.m. and guests with tickets must be in their seats by 7:45 p.m. Any remaining tickets will be distributed at 6:30 p.m. on the step of McFarlin. Service followed by Rotunda Recessional.  

Rotunda Recessional (Undergraduate Students Only)

Location: Historic Main Quadrangle and Dallas Hall Rotunda
Time: 9:00 PM (approximately)

All-University Commencement Convocation

  Saturday, May 16

Assembly of Candidates for Procession (Candidates Only)

Location: Crum Basketball Center and Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports
Time: 7:30 AM

SMU custom regalia required.

All-University Commencement Convocation

Location: Moody Coliseum
Time: 9:00 AM

All-University Commencement Convocation Simulcast Locations

Locations: Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports, Crum Auditorium (located on the first floor of the Collins Executive Building) and Mustang Plaza.

Time: 9:00 AM

Commencement Luncheon

The Commencement Buffet Luncheon will be held Saturday, May 16th during Commencement Weekend from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Arnold Dining Commons, located within walking distance of Moody Coliseum. SMU graduates eat free with the purchase of a guest meal.

Pre-paid reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling the SMU Dining Services Office at 214-768-1494. If you have any questions regarding the luncheon, please email

Diploma Presentation Ceremonies

Friday, May 15

The Guildhall at SMU, Hart eCenter

Time: 6:00 PM
Location: SMU in Plano, Building 3
Reception: SMU in Plano, Building 3, immediately following ceremony
Contact: Meredith Turner (972-473-3521,

Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development

Time: 3:00 PM
Location: McFarlin Auditorium
Reception: Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall Atrium, immediately following ceremony
Contact: Lisa Bell (214-768-4242,


Saturday, May 16


Lyle School of Engineering

Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Moody Coliseum
Reception: Preceding the Lyle Diploma Ceremony at 3:00 p.m. in the Hillcrest Foundation Amphitheater and Mabee Foundation Foyer, lower level Caruth Hall
Contacts: Graduate - Jim Dees (214-768-1456,
Undergraduate - Jennylind Doyle (214-768-1457,

Cox School of Business - Undergraduate

Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Moody Coliseum
Reception: Cox School of Business Courtyard, immediately following ceremony
Contact: Dee Powell (214-768-3012,

Cox School of Business - Graduate

Time: 3:30 PM 
Location: Moody Coliseum
Reception: Collins Center, immediately following ceremony
Contact: Dee Powell (214-768-3012,

Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Reception: Dallas Hall Rotunda, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

** Please check with your department; some ceremonies are ticketed events.

Time: 3:30 PM
Location: Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center
Contact: Undergraduate - Tiffany Powell (214-768-2684,
Graduate - Pamela Hogan (214-768-4152,

Bio-Chemistry and Chemistry
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center
Contact: Laurieann Ram-Kern (214-768-2611,

Biological Sciences
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: Hughes-Trigg Theatre
Contact: Kim Orcutt (214-768-2730,

Earth Sciences
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall
Contact: Stephanie Schwob (214-768-2770,

Time: 4:00 PM
Location: McFarlin Auditorium
Contact: Stephanie Hall (214-768-2694,

Time: 12:30 PM
Location: Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center
Contact: Leslie Reid (214-768-2946,

Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Hughes-Trigg Theatre
Contact: Mildred Pinkston (214-768-2967,

Human Rights
Time:  12:00 pm
Location: Bob Hope Theatre in the Owen Arts Center
Reception: Taubman Atrium immediately following ceremony
Contact: Sherry Aikman (214-768-8347,

Mathematics, Physics and Statistical Science
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Hughes-Trigg Theatre
Contact: Mathematics Undergraduate - Teresa Janicki (214-768-2506,
Mathematics Graduate - Liz Berry (214-768-2506,
Physics - Roberto Vega (214-768-2498,
Statistical Science - Sheila Crain (214-768-1426,

Medieval Studies
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Bridwell Library, The Blue Room
Contact: Bonnie Wheeler (214-768-2949,

Time: 3:30 PM
Location: McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall
Contact: Charee Stewart (214-768-2118,

Political Science, International Studies, Latin American Studies, and Public Policy
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center
Contact: Political Science - Melissa Emmert (214-768-4171,
Political Science - Jimmeca Dorsey (214-768-2524,
International Studies/Latin American Studies - Ray Rafidi (214-768-3665,
Public Policy - Christine Carberry (214-768-2526,
This event requires tickets.

Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Hughes-Trigg Ballroom
Contact: Mary Westfall (214-768-2438,
This event requires tickets.

Religious Studies
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall
Contact: Karen Delk (214-768-2095,

Sociology and Markets and Culture
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Hughes-Trigg Ballroom
Contact: Karen Delk (214-768-4011,
This event requires tickets.

World Languages
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center
Contact: Debbie Garland (214-768-1406,

Dedman School of Law Hooding Ceremony

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Law School Quadrangle
Reception: Karcher Auditorium located in Storey Hall, immediately following ceremony
Contact: Bobbye Heine (214-768-2108,  

Meadows School of the Arts

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Owen Arts Center (Outdoors)
Reception: Preceding the Meadows Ceremony at 4 pm. at the Greer Garson Theatre
Contact: Meadows Facilities and Events Office at 214-768-2713 or 214-768-4211 (
For questions regarding degree candidacy, eligibility to participate in the ceremonies, etc., contact Jennifer R. Smith at 214-768-2754.

Perkins School of Theology

A Celebration of Degrees and Academic Achievements
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Sanctuary
Reception: Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, immediately following ceremony
Contact: Joe Monroy (214-768-2152,