Dedman Records and Academic Services

Dedman Records and Academic Services (DRAS) is the office responsible for Dedman College policy and procedures, petitions, major/minor changes, and graduation certification.

Appointments: Monday-Friday 9 AM - 4 PM
Closed: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Contact Information

Clements Hall 134
PO Box 750372
Dallas, TX 75275-0372
Phone: 214-768-2298
Fax: 214-768-2207

Your Dedman College degree will be certified by your degree counselor at the Dedman Records and Academic Services office in 134 Clements Hall.

To find your degree counselor, use the first letter of your last name:

A-G: Please contact

H-O: Please contact

P-Z:  Lisa Miller at

Graduation Deadlines

Last day to file for Fall 2019 graduation is August 30, 2019.

Call 214-768-2298 today to schedule a meeting with your Degree Counselor. You can also email your Degree Counselor to schedule an appointment, see above.

Fall Term 2019

August 26 - December 21, 2019

  • April 8–26, Monday–Friday: Enrollment for fall 2019 continuing students for all undergraduates and for graduates in Dedman College, Lyle and Meadows. 
    May, July, August (TBA): Academic Advising, Enrollment and Orientation conferences for new first-year and transfer undergraduate students. Conference dates to be announced. More information about AARO is available from New Student Programs, Student Life Office, 214- 768-4560,
    August 24, Saturday: Residence halls officially open at 9:00 a.m. 
    August 25, Sunday: Opening Convocation, McFarlin Auditorium. 
    August 26, Monday: First day of classes. 
    August 30, Friday: Last day to enroll, add a course, or drop a course without tuition billing while remaining enrolled for the term. Last day to file for graduation in December. 
    September 2, Monday: Labor Day. University offices closed.
    September 9, Monday: Last day to drop a course without academic record (tuition charges apply). Last day to withdraw from the university without academic record (withdrawal refund schedule applies). See Bursar’s website for more information.
    September 11, Wednesday: Last day to declare pass/fail or no credit grading options. Last day to request an excused absence for the observance of a religious holiday. 
    October 1, Tuesday: Early intervention grades due for first-year undergraduate students. 
    October 4-5, Friday-Saturday: Family Weekend
    October 14-15, Monday–Tuesday: Fall Break. 
    October 16, Wednesday: Last day for continuing undergraduate students to change their majors before November enrollment. 
    October 27, Sunday: Midterm grades due for first-year and sophomore students. 
    November 4, Monday: 60 percent point of the term that federal financial aid has been earned if a student officially withdraws from SMU; prior to this date a partial calculated return to federal programs will be required. 
    November 4–22, Monday–Friday: Enrollment for spring 2020 continuing students for all undergraduates and graduates in Dedman College, Lyle and Meadows. 
    November 8, Friday: Last day to drop a course (grade of W). 
    November 8-9, Friday-Saturday: Homecoming Weekend
    November 14, Thursday:
     Last day for December graduation candidates to change grades of Incomplete, and to obtain a final grade for a grade of X or a missing grade from a previous term. 
    November 18, Monday: Students should file for May graduation. The last day to file is January 24, 2020.
  • November 26, Tuesday: Last day to withdraw from the University.
    November 27, Wednesday: No classes.
    November 28–29, Thursday–Friday: Thanksgiving holiday. University offices closed. 
    December 4–9, Wednesday–Monday: No final examinations or unscheduled tests and papers. 
    December 5, Thursday: Last day for oral/written examinations for December graduate degree candidates. 
    December 9, Monday: Last day of classes. 
    December 10-11, Tuesday-Wednesday: Reading days. 
    December 12-18, Thursday–Wednesday: Examinations. (No examinations scheduled for Sunday). 
    December 19, Thursday: Residence halls close at 10:00 a.m. for winter break. (December graduates should contact the Department of Residence Life and Student Housing). 
    December 20, Friday: December Rotunda Recessional. 
    December 21, Saturday: December Commencement Convocation. Official close of term and conferral of degrees.
  • December 23 – January 1, Monday – Wednesday: University closed.
    December 25, Wednesday: Christmas Day.

Full Academic Year 2019-2020 can be found here.

Looking for an opportunity to earn academic credit and get real-world experience?  Try an internship!  Many Dedman departments offer internships for academic credit.

The process for obtaining an internship for academic credit is:

  1. Identify an internship in your major/minor.

  2. Work with your academic advisor or major/minor instructor and internship supervisor to complete the Internship Learning Contract as well as the Release of Liability waiver. 

  3. Enroll in the appropriate course for the number of academic credits--40 hours of internship = 1 unit of credit; 80 hours of internship = 2 units of credit; 120 hours of internship = 3 units of credit

  4. Participate in the internship.

  5. Complete the student evaluation, submit the completed instructor and supervisor evaluation, and receive your grade.

More information regarding internships can be found by contacting Lisa Miller at and by visiting the Internship webpage.






Jay Orenduff came to SMU in 2011 after fifteen years at Columbia University (as a graduate student, residence life director, and academic advising dean). As a native Texan, he was very happy to return home.

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Degree Counselors:

Student's with last name beginning A-G:

 Please contact

Student's with last name beginning H-O 

  Please contact


Student's with last name beginning P-Z





Lisa Miller has a master’s degree in history from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She enjoys traveling, Broadway shows, music from the ‘70’s, and Marvel Superheroes.

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Administrative Staff:

Remonda Hammock joined SMU in 2010 and is the Administrative Assistant to the Director. She has 25+ years’ experience as an Administrative Assistant and enjoys working in higher education.  She was previously employed by Vanderbilt University and the University of Florida.  Remonda is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  She enjoys dancing, concerts, designing wedding and birthday party invitations and is an avid music lover. 



Alexandra Thibeaux was a student worker for DRAS while an undergraduate History major in Dedman College. After graduation, she taught elementary school for 4 years and obtained her M.Ed in Special Education. She is now an administrative assistant for this office, the University Honors Program, and the Hilltop Scholars Program. She is also a current student in the Doctor of Liberal Studies program.



Other Staff:

Winston Miller is happy to be a part of SMU and Dedman Records, he provides moral support for students and staff!

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