5:30 p.m. Sunday, August 24,
Opening Convocation is a tradition at SMU that is not to be missed!
All new first-year and transfer students are invited and encouraged to attend SMU's 100th Opening Convocation. At this event, students are formally welcomed to the SMU community in a ceremony dating back to 1915, in the very first days of the University. Highlights of the ceremony include the faculty in full academic regalia and
Wes Waggoner, Dean of Undergraduate Admission, formally presenting the new class of students to the President, SMU
administrators and professors. Professor Joseph Kobylka, our convocation speaker, will offer enriching words to set students on their new path of academic discovery.
An important part of Opening Convocation is the Rotunda Passage.
Marching to Opening Convocation, students pass through the Rotunda of Dallas Hall, SMU's first building and a historic landmark. Recognizing that every undergraduate student at SMU has crossed through the Dallas Hall rotunda, students have an opportunity to reflect on their passage to college and their intellectual and personal growth for their time at SMU.
Graduating students confirm year after year that the full impact of Rotunda Passage is not felt until their graduation and the Rotunda Recessional, another SMU tradition when seniors walk through the rotunda of Dallas Hall in reverse and their thoughts turn back to the beginning of their SMU experience.
Family members and friends are invited to join us for Opening Convocation.
It’s a special event you will not want to miss!
Please direct all questions regarding Opening Convocation to
firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Division
of Enrollment Services at 214-768-3417.