Dedman Records and Academic Services

Summer 2020 update:

Dedman Records remains open and fully operational, but to ensure the safety of the SMU community, all contacts will be via email, phone, or virtual meetings.

Please send your petition to dcrecords@smu.edu.  You will be notified when it has been processed.

If you need advising or wish to file for Summer/Fall graduation, please email to arrange a time to meet with your degree counselor over phone/email.  Please note that the following information is required:

  • Your name, SMU ID, Dedman major and any minors
  • A contact phone and email address
  • A few times and days you can meet remotely by phone

Your degree counselor will process your application and/or degree progress report and meet with you to discuss your academic progress.  You will be contacted to arrange a time to connect.  Please have access to your computer to view documents that will be sent ahead of time for review.

Your patience is appreciated at this time.  We're hoping to make the office continue to function as smoothly as possible for all students, faculty, and staff.  Please stay safe, and we'll see you soon.



John B. Georges, Director of Dedman College Records and Academic Services, jgeorges@smu.edu

Lisa Miller, Assistant Director and Degree Counselor P—Z,  lamiller@smu.edu

Sarah Lea White, Degree Counselor A—G, slwhite@smu.edu

Heather Burns, Degree Counselor H—O, hsburns@smu.edu

Remonda Hammock, Assistant to the Director, dcrecords@smu.edu

 

 

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

Email: dcrecords@smu.edu 
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: Sarah Lea White at slwhite@smu.edu

H-O: Heather Burns at hsburns@smu.edu

P-Z:  Lisa Miller at lamiller@smu.edu

Graduation Deadlines

Last day to file for Fall 2020 graduation is August 28, 2020.

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.

Dallas May Session 2020

    Note: Classes meet four hours per day, Monday through Friday.
    May 14, Thursday: First day of classes.
    May 14, Thursday: Last day to enroll, add a course, or drop a course without academic record (tuition charges apply). See Bursar’s website for more information. Last day to declare pass/fail or no credit grading options. Last day to file for graduation in May Term. Last day to request an excused absence for the observance of a religious holiday.
    May 22, Friday: Last day for May Term 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.
    May 25, Monday: Memorial Day. University offices closed.
    May 26, Tuesday: Last day to drop a course or withdraw from the University (grade of W).
    May 29, Friday: Last day of classes, including examinations. Official close of term and conferral of degrees.

Summer Term 2020

June 1 – August 4, 2020

The summer term consists of four primary sessions: Dallas Full Session, Dallas First Session (June), SMU-in-Taos First Session, and Dallas Second Session (July). Each primary session has different deadline dates. There are also four shorter sessions within the first and second sessions. Some areas of instruction may offer a limited number of selected courses during the Summer Term, June 1 – August 4, with unique start, end, deadline dates, and class meeting times to accommodate the particular needs of the course.

Dallas Full Session

    Note: Classes meet 2 hours, 15 minutes twice a week or 1 hour, 30 minutes three times a week.
    May 25, Monday: Memorial Day. University offices closed.
    June 1, Monday: First day of classes.
    June 4, Thursday: Last day to enroll, add courses, or drop courses without academic record (tuition charges apply). See Bursar’s website for more information. Last day to file for August graduation.
    June 10, 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.
    July 3, Friday: Independence Day observed. University offices closed.
    July 16, Thursday: Last day for August 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.
    July 23, Thursday: Last day to drop a course (grade of W). 
    July 29, Wednesday: Last day to withdraw from the University.
    August 4, Tuesday: Last day of classes, including examinations. Official close of term and conferral of degrees.

Dallas First Session (June)

    Note: Classes meet 2 hours a day, Monday–Friday.
    May 25, Monday: Memorial Day. University offices closed.
    June 1, Monday: First day of classes.
    June 2, Tuesday: Last day to enroll, add courses or drop courses without academic record (tuition charges apply). See Bursar’s website for more information.
    June 4, Thursday: 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. Last day to file for August graduation.
    June 16, Tuesday: Last day for August 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.
    June 23, Tuesday: Last day to drop a course (grade of W). 
    June 24, Wednesday: Last day to withdraw from the University.
    June 30, Tuesday: Last day of classes, including examinations.
    August 4, Tuesday: Official close of term and conferral of degrees. 

June A (11-day June Session)

    Note: Classes meet four hours per day, Monday through Friday
    June 1, Monday: First day of classes.
    June 1, Monday: Last day to add/enroll and to declare pass/fail or no credit grading options.
    June 10, Wednesday: Last day to drop/withdraw from the University (grade of W).
    June 15, Monday: Last day of classes, including examinations. 

June B (11-day June Session)

    Note: Classes meet four hours per day, Monday through Friday. 
    June 16, Tuesday: First day of classes.
    June 16, Tuesday: Last day to add/enroll and to declare pass/fail or no credit grading options.
    June 25, Thursday: Last day to drop/withdraw from the University (grade of W).
    June 30, Tuesday: Last day of classes, including examinations. 

SMU-in-Taos First Session

    NOTE: Permission of SMU-in-Taos required for all enrollments.

    (Regular Session)

    June 2, Tuesday: Travel day and arrival of students, 2-6 p.m.
    June 3, Wednesday: First day of classes.
    June 3, Wednesday: Last day to enroll, add courses or drop courses without academic record (tuition charges apply). See Bursar’s website for more information.
    June 4, Thursday: Last day to file for August graduation.
    June 8, Monday: 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.
    June 11, Thursday: Last day for August 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.
    June 16, Tuesday: Last day to drop a course or withdraw from the University (grade of W). 
    June 18, Thursday: Last day of classes, including examinations.
    June 19, Friday: Departure of students.
    August 4, Tuesday: Official close of term and conferral of degrees.

    (Field Session)
    June 2, Tuesday: Travel day and arrival of students, 2-6 p.m.
    June 3, Wednesday: First day of classes.
    June 3, Wednesday: Last day to enroll, add courses or drop courses without academic record (tuition charges apply). See Bursar’s website for more information.
    June 4, Thursday: Last day to file for August graduation.
    June 8, Monday: 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.
    June 16, Tuesday: Last day for August 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.
    June 25, Thursday: Last day to drop a course or withdraw from the University (grade of W). 
    June 30, Tuesday: Last day of classes, including examinations.
    July 1, Wednesday: Departure of students.
    August 4, Tuesday: Official close of term and conferral of degrees.

Dallas Second Session (July)

    Note: Classes meet 2 hours a day, Monday–Friday.
    June 4, Thursday: Last day to file for August graduation.
    July 3, Friday: Independence Day observed. University offices closed.
    July 6, Monday: First day of classes.
    July 7, Tuesday: Last day to enroll, add courses or drop courses without academic record (tuition charges apply). See Bursar’s website for more information.
    July 9, Thursday: 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.
    July 14, Tuesday: Last day for August 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.
    July 27, Monday: Last day to drop a course (grade of W). 
    July 29, Wednesday: Last day to withdraw from the University.
    August 4, Tuesday: Last day of classes, including examinations. Official close of term and conferral of degrees.

July A (11-day July Session)

    Note: Classes meet four hours per day, Monday through Friday. 
    July 6, Monday: First day of classes.
    July 6, Monday: Last day to add/enroll and to declare pass/fail or no credit grading options.
    July 15, Wednesday: Last day to drop/withdraw from the University (grade of W).
    July 20, Monday: Last day of classes, including examinations.

July B (11-day July Session)

    Note: Classes meet four hours per day, Monday through Friday. 
    July 21, Tuesday: First day of classes.
    July 21, Tuesday: Last day to add/enroll and to declare pass/fail or no credit grading options.
    July 30, Thursday: Last day to drop/withdraw from the University (grade of W).
    August 4, Tuesday: Last day of classes, including examinations. 

August Term 2020

August 6 – 21, 2020

The August Term consists of one primary session: SMU-in-Taos August Session. Some areas of instruction may offer a limited number of selected courses during the August Term, August 6 – 21, 2020 with unique start, end, and deadline dates to accommodate the particular needs of the course.

SMU-in-Taos August Session

    Note: Permission of SMU-in-Taos required for all enrollments.
    August 5, Wednesday: Travel day and arrival of students, 2-6 p.m.
    August 6, Thursday: First day of classes.
    August 7, Friday: Last day to enroll, add a course, or drop a course without academic record (tuition charges apply). See Bursar’s website for more information. Last day to declare pass/fail or no credit grading options. Last day to file for graduation in August Term. Last day to request an excused absence for the observance of a religious holiday.
    August 14, Friday: Last day for August Term 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.
    August 20, Thursday: Last day to drop a course or withdraw from the University (grade of W).
    August 21, Friday: Last day of classes, including examinations. Official close of term and conferral of degrees.
    August 22, Saturday: Travel Day.

Fall Term 2020

August 24 – December 19, 2020

April 6-August 28, Monday–Friday: Enrollment for fall 2020 continuing students for all undergraduates and for graduates in Dedman College, Lyle, Meadows and Simmons.
May - August: Virtual Orientation experiences for new first-year and transfer undergraduate students. More information about Virtual Orientation is available from the Office of the Student Experience, Student Affairs, 214-768 4560, https://www.smu.edu/studentaffairs/newstudent.
August 20, Thursday: Residence halls open for new students.
August 22, Saturday: Residence halls open for returning students.
August 23, Sunday: Opening Convocation, McFarlin Auditorium.
August 24, Monday: First day of classes.
August 28, 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 4, Friday: 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 7, Monday: Labor Day. University offices closed.
September 9, 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.
September 25-26, Friday-Saturday: Family Weekend.
September 29, Tuesday: Early intervention grades due for first-year undergraduate students.
September 30, Wednesday: Last day for continuing undergraduate students to change their majors before November enrollment.
October 12-13, Monday–Tuesday: Fall Break
October 23-24, Friday-Saturday: Homecoming Weekend.
October 25, Sunday: Midterm grades due for first-year and sophomore students.
November 2, 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 2-20, Monday–Friday: Enrollment for spring 2021 continuing students for all undergraduates and graduates in Dedman College, Lyle, Meadows and Simmons.
November 6, Friday: Last day to drop a course (grade of W).
November 12, 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 16, Monday: Students should file for May graduation. The last day to file is January 22, 2021.
November 24, Tuesday: Last day to withdraw from the University.
November 25, Wednesday: No classes.
November 26-27, Thursday–Friday: Thanksgiving holiday. University offices closed.
December 2-7, Wednesday-Monday: No final examinations or unscheduled tests and papers.
December 3, Thursday: Last day for oral/written examinations for December graduate degree candidates.
December 7, Monday: Last day of classes.
December 8-9, Tuesday-Wednesday: Reading days.
December 10-16, Thursday–Wednesday: Examinations. (No examinations scheduled for Sunday).
December 17, 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 18, Friday: December Rotunda Recessional.
December 19, Saturday: December Commencement Convocation. Official close of term and conferral of degrees.
December 23 – January 1, Wednesday - Friday: University closed.
December 25, Friday: Christmas Day.

Full Academic Year 2020-2021 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:
    45 hours of internship = 1 unit of credit
    90 hours of internship = 2 units of credit
    135 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 lamiller@smu.edu and by visiting the Internship webpage.

Director:

Headshot, John B. GeorgesJohn B. Georges M.S.Ed., M.A. was born and raised in New York City. For over two decades, he has worked in higher education with a firm commitment to helping students realize their potential, achieve their goals and become lifelong learners. John earned his Master of Science in Education in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College, his Master of Arts in Culture and Communication and Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Study from New York University, and his Associate of Arts in General Arts and Sciences from Pace University. In addition to spending time with family and friends, he enjoys drawing, music, personal fitness, traveling, education research articles, all forms of art, sports and entertainment media. Even though John is still a New Yorker at heart, he loves his life in Dallas.

Contact information: jgeorges@smu.edu

Assistant Director and Degree Counselor:

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. She is the degree counselor for student's with last name beginning P-Z.

Contact informationlamiller@smu.edu

 

Degree Counselors:

Student's with last name beginning A-G:

Sarah Lea White graduated from SMU in 2016 with a BA in Psychology. After graduation, she worked at the University of Texas Dallas in the Communications office. She was happy to return to SMU in 2018. Sarah enjoys photography, biking and watching movies.

Contact information: slwhite@smu.edu

 

Student's with last name beginning H-O:

Heather Burns came to Dallas from Pennsylvania in 2016. She has previously worked as an academic coordinator at Lehigh University, where she earned a master’s degree in Human Development, and a graduation specialist at UT Dallas. She enjoys podcasts, playing games, learning Queen and Disney songs on the flute, and her cats.

Contact informationhsburns@smu.edu

Student's with last name beginning P-Z:

See Lisa Miller, Assistant Director and Degree Counselor

Contact informationlamiller@smu.edu

 

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. 

Contact informationremondah@smu.edu

 

Other Staff:

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

Contact informationClements 134