Opening Convocation

Opening Convocation

Information for Guests

Parents and guests of incoming first-year or transfer students do not need a ticket to attend the Opening Convocation ceremony on August 25, 2013.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to be seated by 5:15 p.m. to ensure that they see their student process into McFarlin Auditorium. When taking your seat, please do not leave empty seats between your group and others or within your group.

Guests with disabilities can park in the parking lot located on the northwest side of McFarlin Auditorium facing Hillcrest Avenue. Entrance to this lot is from McFarlin Boulevard. You may enter McFarlin Auditorium using the ramp on the southeast (McFarlin Blvd.) side of the building. Ushers will be available for assistance.  



Air Travel

American Airlines is offering a discounted fare for travel to and from Dallas-Fort Worth between August 22 and August 28 for persons attending SMU's Opening Convocation. When booking your flight online, enter Promotional Code 9583BZ when making your reservation to obtain a 5% discount. If you need assistance, please call the American Airlines' Meeting Services Desk at 1-800-433-1790. Tell the agent that your travel arrangements are for Commencement Weekend at Southern Methodist University.

Automobile Travel

Avis Rent-A-Car is also offering a discount. The Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) Number is A906399. Use the AWD number when calling Avis directly at 1-888-757-8878 to receive the best possible car rental rates available.