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May Commencement Convocation

Faculty Information

Breakfast/Procession

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Deadline: 4:00 pm, May 9th

Faculty planning to attend May commencement should RSVP by 4 pm on Monday, May 9 using the RSVP button on the right.  All faculty will pass through security when entering the Coliseum.

Confirmations with important entry, security screening and prohibited items will be sent to faculty by Monday, May 9.


The ceremony is simulcast and live streamed on the internet at smu.edu/live.

Commencement Convocation Simulcast Locations – Entry Pass/ pass list not required
- Bolin Plaza, Crum Auditorium and the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theatre  

Faculty Breakfast

Prior to the ceremony there is a Faculty breakfast beginning at 7:45 a.m. in the Miller Event Center's Champions Club in Moody Coliseum. If you are participating as a Faculty Marshal for Commencement Convocation, you are encouraged to report to your assigned location by 7:50 a.m.

Faculty Procession

Retired and current faculty assemble in academic dress no later than 8:40 a.m. in the Miller's Champions Club. The faculty process together to the floor of Moody Coliseum, led by the retired faculty.

The procession begins moving at 8:50 a.m. following the 2016 graduation candidates. The faculty remain standing until the President is seated. With respect to the removal or replacement of mortarboards, follow the lead of the President. After the playing of the University Hymn, "Varsity," the Platform Party leads the recessional, followed by the Faculty in a single-file line.

If you require mobility-impaired seating, please let us know so that we can make accommodations for you in the Faculty seating area. Please email ceremonies@smu.edu or call 214-768-3417.

If you have questions regarding the Faculty procession, please email ceremonies@smu.edu or
call 214-768-3417.

Faculty Regalia

If you need academic regalia, please contact your department administrator to determine the ordering process. To ensure that regalia arrive in time and to avoid any late shipping fees, orders must be placed by April 28. Faculty are encouraged to check with their department's rental policies. To process your order they will need the following information:

  • Last Name
  • First Name
  • Height (with shoes)
  • Cap Size
  • Degree
  • Name of school where highest degree was earned
  • City and state of school
  • Phone number where you can be reached
  • Department on campus

You may transmit the above information via phone, fax, email or in-person at the Bookstore. If you call the Bookstore, any clerk can assist you. If you email or fax the request, please put "To the attention of Commencement Regalia" on your request.

  214-768-2435
  214-768-3350
  gm526@bncollege.com

You may also order online at Herff Jones

To ensure that regalia arrives in time, please place your order by April 28. Regalia must be returned to the Bookstore by Sunday, May 15.

If you have specific questions or concerns about your regalia, please call the SMU Bookstore.