Full Event Schedule

Homecoming 2020 will be October 22-25   

View the full listing of events for Homecoming 2020 below. Not all events and times are confirmed, check back weekly for updates and new listings.  For a full list of additional Homecoming Events produced by the Student Foundation at SMU please visit their website.

Wednesday, October 21 (Note: Events listed from 2019, will be refreshed Summer 2020)

 6 p.m.
ExxonMobil Lecture Series: Inspiring Purpose at Nike, Featuring Marc Patrick '93

 The Temerlin Advertising Institute at SMU Meadows presents "Inspiring Purpose at Nike," a night of networking and insights with alumnus Marc Patrick '93.  For tickets and information, call 214.768.3090 or visit

 8 p.m.
5 Simple Rules for College Parents

Join New York Times bestselling author Harlan Cohen on Wednesday, November 6 for an EXCLUSIVE live online event for SMU Parents & Families. Harlan will help you get comfortable with the uncomfortable while providing a framework to support you and your student(s) during the college years and beyond.

Click here to register.

Thursday, October 22 (Note: Events listed from 2019, will be refreshed Summer 2020)

6 p.m. Moss/Chumley Artist Talk This lecture is part of a presentation of work this fall at the Meadows Museum by Carolyn Sortor, winner of the museum’s 2018 Moss/Chumley North Texas Artist Award. Sortor’s work uses video, relational practices, and other media to explore dimensionality, relationality, and systems, with an eye toward the socio-political. Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium - Meadows Museum. FREE but reservations are required: call 214.768.8587
7 p.m. Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony recognizes extraordinary achievement, outstanding character and good citizenship in an event hosted by President R. Gerald Turner and the SMU Alumni Board.

7 p.m.
Authors LIVE! presents S.C.Gwynne
 Free lecture and book signing to follow.  Highland Park United Methodist Church. Interested attendees can attend a reception beginning at 6 p.m. for $30.00 (includes a copy of the book).  Presented by Friends of the SMU Libraries, Friends of Highland Park Library and Highland Park United Methodist Church.
9 p.m. Diamond M Club Social

Meet other Mustang Band supporters at Old Chicago Pizza, 5319 Mockingbird Station Dallas, TX after the Alumni Band rehearsal. An appetizer buffet will be provided but all attendees are responsible for purchasing own beverages.

Friday, October 23 (Note: Events listed from 2019, will be refreshed Summer 2020)

Varies Mustang Mini-Reunions Reconnect with friends from your residence hall, Greek organization, athletic club, study-abroad group or favorite student organization.  
10 a.m.
SMU Equestrian
Support SMU Equestrian as they take on Auburn - Dallas Equestrian Center
12 - 2 p.m.
First-Generation Initiative

Join us outside of Armstrong Commons in debuting the First-Generation Initiative and celebrating first-generation college students at SMU. A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree in the United States. We are attempting to raise awareness surrounding the first-generation college student. There will be first-gen swag, food, photo opportunities, as well as a social media campaign to join the celebration nationally with @COEtalk @FirstGenCenter and the hashtag #CelebrateFirstGen. We will also capture testimonial videos from attendees to use in promotional videos throughout the year.   Questions? Contact Matt Robinson, Director of Student Persistence and Achievement or (214) 768-4008

12:15 p.m. Manuel Ramirez de Arellano, The Virgin of Solitude Museum Gallery Talk featuring Wendy Sepponen, Mellan Curatorial Fellow. Free with paid admission to the Meadows Museum. For more information call 214.768.2516
12 – 3 p.m. Mustang Band Reunion

Join fellow Mustang Band members and alumni in the Mustang Band Hall

1 p.m. Meadows Opera Theatre’s Opera Free For All: Here Comes the Bride…? Bob Hope Lobby - Owen Arts Center. We all know the script when it comes to weddings: happiest day of your life, filled with love, champagne, flowers, family, friends, unbridled dancing and exuberant rejoicing! Unless, of course, you’re in an opera. Scenes by Wagner, Donizetti, Sondheim, Mozart, Bernstein, Gounod, Lerner & Lowe and Miranda include that walk down the aisle – just don’t expect anyone to live happily ever after! Or sometimes to live at all! FREE For more information call 214.768.2787.
1:30 - 2 p.m.
Dedman School of Law Update Featuring Jennifer M. Collins, Judge James Noel Dean and Professor of Law: Karcher Auditorium - Reception to follow
 4 p.m. Owen Arts Center Renovation Kickoff The public is invited to attend a ceremony kicking off the renovation of the Owen Arts Center at SMU Meadows School of the Arts. Designed by George Dahl in the mid-1960s, the 250,000-square-foot Owen Arts Center is the largest academic building on SMU’s campus and one of Dallas’ top arts and cultural institutions. The $34 million first stage of the renovation, due to be completed in 2021, will modernize the north wing of the building from Hillcrest Avenue to Bishop Boulevard. The project will create and improve academic spaces for the visual arts, art history and creative computation while transforming exterior entrances into grand, welcoming and accessible spaces. FREE for all attendees.  Register at
 5-7 p.m.
CCPA Alumni Reception

Umphrey Lee Center - Rooftop Patio, third floor.

After the Owen Arts Center Renovation Kickoff, join Corporate Communication and Public Affairs graduates and faculty for light bites and drinks at an outdoor reception.  CCPA graduates and their guests are welcome.  Email to RSVP.

 5-7 p.m.
Black Alumni of SMU Homecoming Happy Hour

Happy Hour at Chocolate Secrets - 3926 Oak Lawn Ave.  Dallas, TX 75219

Make Homecoming even happier as the Black Alumni of SMU welcome our members back to campus for Homecoming.  Register Today.

 5:30 p.m.
Hunt Leadership Scholars Mini-Reunion Join your fellow Hunt Leadership Scholars Alumni for a Happy Hour at the Lumen
 Varies SMU Sponsored Reunion Class Parties Join us for exceptional parties just for the undergraduate classes of 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015.  For more information contact the SMU Reunions team at or 214.768-9327.  Registration will open in July..
7 - 11 p.m. Cox School of Business Class Reunion Party for MBA and MS Alumni The MBA and MS Reunion Party for classes of ’60, ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00, ’05, ’10 and ’15 will be held at the Statler Hotel, 1914 Commerce Street, Dallas, TX 75201 To Register visit the Cox School Reunion page:
7 - 11 p.m.
Dedman School of Law Class Reunion Party
The Reunion Party for classes of ’55, ’60, ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00, ’05, ’10 and ’15 will be held at the Joule Hotel, Praetorian Ballroom, 1530 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201 To Register visit the Dedman Law Reunion page:
6:30 - 8 p.m. Pre-Pigskin VIP Reception

Mix and mingle with Mustang Band alums and supports. Drinks & heavy hors d’oeuvres provided. McFarlin Auditorium Mezzanine. Tickets are $25 per person.

8:15 p.m. Pigskin Revue

The Pigskin Revue features SMU students in music, dance and comedy acts and the Mustang Band playing new music as well as old favorites from past Revues. VIP tickets are $15 reserved  online or at the door.  SMU students, faculty and staff can obtain general tickets free with an SMU ID, and can be picked up at Hughes-Trigg in late October. Dates will be announced soon. SMU ID holders are limited to four general admission tickets. All other ticket orders must be picked up at the ticket office in McFarlin Auditorium the night of Pigskin Revue. No tickets will be mailed.

Saturday, October 24 (Note: Events listed from 2019, will be refreshed Summer 2020)

3 Hours Prior to Kickoff
Homecoming Parade

Enjoy this community event that will include student floats, bands and entertainment in celebration of SMU’s Homecoming Weekend.

2 Hours Prior to Kickoff
Alumni Tailgate

The Alumni tent has a new home on the Boulevard.  With a brand-new, prime location on the Dallas Hall Lawn between the fountain and the flagpole.  The alumni tent is open to all SMU alumni and will host our SMU Affinity Groups: Asian Alumni of SMU, Black Alumni of SMU, Hispanic Alumni of SMU, SMU Pride, Military Alumni of SMU, President's Scholars Alumni of SMU, Hunt Leadership Scholars Alumni of SMU.  You can expect food, good music and fun for the whole family.  Please RSVP if you are planning to attend to help us with our catering order.

2 Hours Prior to Kickoff
Reunion Village on the Boulevard

Stop by a special tent on The Boulevard just for reunion-year and Golden Mustang alumni and their guests to enjoy classic state fair food, beverages, games and children’s activities with your classmates. There’s something for SMU fans of all ages. Admission is complimentary.

2 Hours Prior to Kickoff
Hilltop Society and President’s Associates members boulevard tent.  Thank you for your loyalty to SMU. To show our appreciation, we want to celebrate YOU during Homecoming Weekend. Stop by our Hilltop Society tent for light bites and drinks and fun SMU swag. The tent will be located on Bishop Boulevard at spot #115 located in front of the south Cockrell-MCinTosh Commons building. Be sure to look for the Hilltop Society banner!
2 Hours Prior to Kickoff
Cox School of Business: Dean’s Reunion Tailgate Come join Dean Matthew Myers as he welcomes reunion alumni and guests from the MBA and MS Classes of ’60, ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00, ’05, ’10 and ’15 at the Collins Center
Three Hours Prior to Kickoff
Cox-Lyle Red Zone Enjoy the SMU Homecoming Parade and join us at the Cox-Lyle Red Zone tailgate party on the Boulevard for more fun and fellowship. All Cox and Lyle alumni, guests, and students are welcome
3 Hours Prior to Kickoff
Mustang Band Boulevard Meal
Mustang Band members, alums and the Diamond M Club, RSVP for the meal at the Diamond M Club spot the Boulevard at the corner of Binkley and Bishop Blvd. Menu details are TBD.
3 Hours Prior to Kickoff
Mustang Alley A family fun area at the corner of Bishop Blvd. and Binkley Ave., inside the new SMU Indoor Performance Center, with food and bounce houses, hosted by Mustang Club, SMU Athletics and SMU Alumni. For more information, a map and a guide to The Boulevard, visit
3 Hours Prior to Kickoff
Dedman College Homecoming Tent Come join us and connect with Dedman College alumni, students, faculty, family and friends for tailgating on the Boulevard for Homecoming Weekend. Food and drinks provided but you must register before Monday, November 4. Registration is now live.
2 Hours Prior to Kickoff
Meadows Homecoming Tailgate Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the SMU Meadows School of the Arts during the Meadows Homecoming Tailgate!  Enjoy drinks and catering by Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse with your fellow Meadows graduates.  All Meadows alumni and their guests are welcome to attend.  Admission is complimentary, but advanced registration is required by Friday, November 1.
2 Hours Prior to Kickoff
 Simmons Homecoming Tailgate Party  

SMU Campus Look for the Simmons Banners near Clements Hall, east of the Flagpole (#155 and #156)

Join us and connect with Simmons alumni, students, faculty, family and friends for tailgating on the Boulevard for Homecoming.  Advanced registration is required by Friday, November 1.
Football Game

Cheer on the SMU Mustangs in an exciting Homecoming football contest against University of Cincinnati!

Sunday, October 26 (Note: Events listed from 2019, will be refreshed Summer 2020)

El Greco, Goya, and a Taste for Spain: Highlights from the Bowes Museum

El Greco, Goya, and a Taste for Spain: Highlights from The Bowes Museum will explore these and other issues within the context of the history of art while also taking a closer look at John and Joséphine Bowes’s role in the history of the collection and display of Spanish art outside of Spain.

 Ongoing All Goes onward and Outward: Walt Whitman at 200
 Hillcrest Foundation Exhibit Hall, Fondren Library.  Presented by DeGolyer Library
August 19,2019 - August 1, 2020
Dan Wingren: The Image and the Magic Hamon Arts Library/Second Floor.  Dan Wingren was an artist and a teacher active in Texas, beginning in the 1940's when he was a student at SMU.  Primarily known as a painter, Wingren was both a popular and admired professor of art at SMU, where he taught several subjects including the 19th- and 20th-century art history, contemporary art, design, drawing and painting.
September 6 - December 20, 2019
Elizabeth Moran: Against the Best Possible Sources
Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library.  Guided by a preoccupation with the subjectivity of facts, Elizabeth Moran uses photography, text, sound, and other forms of recorded documentation to examine the reliability of information and how evidence is often far from evident.  Against the Best Possible Resources is part of an ongoing project including extensive research of the TIME, Inc. corporate archive and an investigation into the earliest history of the first professional fact-checkers, a position invented by the fledgling company in 1923 and held exclusively by women until 1971.  Over time, the primary sources used by the fact-checkers have been retired into storage or eliminated completely.  In this exhibition, Moran conflates this loss of primary sources with the untold stories of the early fact-checkers and their contribution to modern journalism.
Ongoing Sorolla in the Studio: An Exceptional Loan from an Important Spanish Collection Sorolla in the Studio: An Exceptional Loan from an Important Spanish Collection examines the development of Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida’s (1863–1923) distinctive modern approach. The exhibition is anchored by the artist’s 1902 painting Female Nude, which is privately-owned and being brought to the US for the first time in more than 100 years. Curated by Meadows Curatorial Fellow Daniel Ralston, Sorolla in the Studio will also include paintings and works on paper by the artist from the Meadows collection.

Monday,, October 27 (Note: Events listed from 2019, will be refreshed Summer 2020)

7:30 p.m.
Rick Steve presents "Travel as a Spiritual Act"
McFarlin Auditorium, General Tickets are $15, free admission for SMU students.

In this provocative slideshow lecture titled "Travel as a Spiritual Act," guidebook author and TV host Rick Steves will share how a lifetime of travels has mixed with his faith, shaped his politics, and broadened his perspective. Hosted by Perkins School of Theology. Tickets are free for SMU students and $15 for general public. For more information and to register, visit: