Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute

Dedman Records and Academic Services

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.


Our office is located in 134 Clements Hall.
Office and appointment hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We are closed 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM.


Our contact information is:
PO Box 750372
Dallas, TX 75275-0372
214-768-2298 phone
214-768-2207 fax


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: Jose De Haro (email)

H-O: Kenneth Cedeno (email)

P-Z:  Lisa Miller (email)

Graduation Deadlines

Last day to file for Fall 2018 graduation is August 24, 2018! 

Call 214-768-2298 today to schedule a meeting with your Degree Counselor!

You can also email your Degree Counselor to schedule an appointment!

August Term at SMU-in-Taos 2018

Note: The following dates are applicable only for SMU-in-Taos. Permission of SMU-in-Taos is required for all enrollments.

  • August 3, Friday: Student travel day/arrival. (PRW only)
    August 4, Saturday:
     First day of classes. (PRW only)
    August 5, Sunday: 
    Regular Session travel/arrival.
    August 6, Monday: 
    First day of classes. (Regular Session)
    August 16, Thursday: 
    Last day to drop/withdraw from the University (grade of W).
    August 17, Friday: 
    Last day of classes, including examinations.  Official close of term and conferral of degrees.
    August 18, Saturday: 
    Departure of students.

Fall Term 2018

  • August 20, Monday: First day of classes.
    August 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 December.
    August 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.
    September 3, Monday: Labor Day. University offices closed.
    September 5, 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 28-29, Friday-Saturday: Family Weekend.
    October 8-9, Monday–Tuesday: Fall Break.

    October 29, 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, Friday: Last day to drop a course (grade of W). Last day for undergraduate students to declare Grade Replacement Repeat grading option.
  • November 2-3, Friday-Saturday:  Homecoming Weekend.
  • November 5–23, Monday–Friday: Enrollment for spring 2019 continuing students for all undergraduates and graduates in Dedman College, Lyle and Meadows.
    November 8, 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 12, Monday: Students should file for May graduation. The last day to file is January 25, 2019.
    November 20, Tuesday: Last day to withdraw from the University.
    November 21, Wednesday: No classes.
    November 22–23, Thursday–Friday: Thanksgiving holiday. University offices closed.
    November 28–December 3, Wednesday–Monday: No final examinations or unscheduled tests and papers.
    November 29, Thursday: Last day for oral/written examinations for December graduate degree candidates.
    December 3, Monday: Last day of classes.
    December 4-5, Tuesday-Wednesday: Reading days.
    December 6-12, Thursday–Wednesday: Examinations. (No examinations scheduled for Sunday).
    December 13, 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 14, Friday: December Rotunda Recessional.
    December 15, Saturday: December Commencement Convocation. Official close of term and conferral of degrees.
    Holiday Break (TBA): University closed.
  • December 24 - January 1, Monday - Tuesday: University closed.
    December 25, Tuesday: Christmas Day.


Full Academic Year 2018-2019 calendar can 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 and by visiting the Internship webpage.


Change of Degree Requirement Petition (Force Match):  


Major/Minor Declaration/Change Form


Graduation Walk Petition- Prior to Completion of Degree Requirements


Graduation Walk Petition- After the Completion of Degree Requirements 



 For all other forms, please see the Forms Library at the Enrollment Services page here.






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.

Contact information:


Degree Counselors:

Student's with last name beginning A-G:


José De Haro has a B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin in Spanish Language Teaching and an M.A. in Dispute Resolution from the Simmons School of Education & Human Development at SMU. Jose enjoys watching college athletics, playing tennis, photography, and exploring new cities.

Contact information:

Student's with last name beginning H-O





Kenneth Cedeno is a graduate from Dedman College in Anthropology and a current student in the Dedman School of Law.

Contact information:


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.

Contact information:


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!

Contact informationClements 134



Welcome to the Dedman Records and Academic Services website.

Come in now to apply for Fall 2018 graduation.

Please call 214-768-2298 to schedule an appointment.

Deadline to file for Fall 2018 graduation is August 24, 2018. 

Have you met all of your Dedman College Program Requirements?
120 total academic units
42 advanced hours
60 SMU units
2 Wellness
Minimum 2.0 for all GPAs   

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