Dedman Records and Academic Services

Remainder of Spring 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.

Lisa Miller, Director ad interim 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 2019 graduation is August 30, 2019.

Last day to file for Spring 2020 graduation is January 24, 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.

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, www.smu.edu/newstudent
    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.

Spring Term 2020

January 17 – May 16, 2020

    November 4–January 24, Monday–Friday: Enrollment for spring 2020 continuing students for all undergraduates and graduates in Dedman College, Lyle, Meadows and Simmons.
    TBA - January: Residence halls officially open at 9:00a.m.
    January (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 the Office of the Student Experience, Student Affairs, 214- 768-4560, https://www.smu.edu/studentaffairs/newstudent.  
    January 1, Wednesday: New Year’s Day. University offices closed.
    January 15, Wednesday: Spring Rotunda Passage (Tentative. Subject to Change.)
    January 17, Friday: First day of classes.
    January 20, Monday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. University offices closed.
    January 24, 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 May.
    January 31, 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.
    February 4, Tuesday: Last day to declare pass/fail or no credit grading options. Also, last day to request an excused absence for the observance of a religious holiday.
    March 6, Friday: Last day for continuing undergraduate students to change their majors before April enrollment.
    March 16-22, Monday-Sunday: Spring break.
    March 24, Tuesday: Midterm grades due for first-year and sophomore students.
    March 31, Tuesday: 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.
    April 6-24, Monday–Friday: Enrollment for summer 2020 and fall 2020 continuing students for all undergraduates and graduates in Dedman College, Lyle, Meadows and Simmons.
    April 7, Tuesday: Last day to drop a course (grade of W). 
    April 10, Friday: Good Friday. University offices closed.
    April 12, Sunday: Easter Sunday.
    April 13, Monday: Last Day for May 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.
    April 13, Monday: Honors Convocation, 5:30 p.m.
    April 22, Wednesday: Students should file for August or December graduation. Last day to file for August graduation is June 4. Last day to file for December graduation is the last day to enroll for fall 2020.
    April 24, Friday: Last day to withdraw from the University.
    April 29-May 4, Wednesday–Monday: No final examinations or unscheduled tests and papers.
    April 30, Thursday: Last day for oral/written examinations for graduate students who are May degree candidates.
    May 4, Monday: Last day of classes.
    May 5, Tuesday: Reading Day.
    May 6–12, Wednesday–Tuesday: Examinations (No examinations scheduled for Sunday).
    May 13, Wednesday: Residence halls officially close for non-graduating students.
    May 15, Friday: Baccalaureate.
    May 16, Saturday: May Commencement Convocation. Official close of term and conferral of degrees.
    May 17, Sunday: Residence halls officially close for graduating seniors.

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 lamiller@smu.edu and by visiting the Internship webpage.

Director, ad interim:

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 also the Degree Counselor for students 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:

Contact Lisa Miller, at lamiller@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

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 both this office and the Department of World Languages and Literatures. She is also a current student in the Master of Liberal Studies program.

Contact informationathibeaux@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