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 Spring 2019 graduation is January 25, 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!

Spring Term 2019

    January 18, Friday: First day of classes.
    January 21, Monday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. University offices closed.
    January 25, 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.
    February 1, 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 5, 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 11 -17, Monday-Sunday: Spring break.
    April 8-26, Monday–Friday: Enrollment for summer 2019 and fall 2019 continuing students for all undergraduates and graduates in Dedman College, Lyle and Meadows.
    April 9, Tuesday: Last day to drop a course (grade of W).
    April 12, Friday: 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 19, Friday: Good Friday. University offices closed.
    April 21, Sunday: Easter Sunday.
    April 24, Wednesday: Students should file for August or December graduation. Last day to file for August graduation is June 6. Last day to file for December graduation is the last day to enroll for fall 2019.
    April 26, Friday: Last day to withdraw from the University.
    May 1–6, Wednesday–Monday: No final examinations or unscheduled tests and papers.
    May 2, Thursday: Last day for oral/written examinations for graduate students who are May degree candidates.
    May 6, Monday: Last day of classes.
    May 7, Tuesday: Reading Day.
    May 8–14, Wednesday–Tuesday: Examinations (No examinations scheduled for Sunday).
    May 15, Wednesday: Residence halls officially close for non-graduating students.
    May 17, Friday: Baccalaureate.
    May 18, Saturday: Commencement Convocation. Official close of term and conferral of degrees.
    May 19, Sunday: Residence halls officially close for graduating seniors.

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 Spring 2019 graduation.

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

Deadline to file for Spring 2019 graduation is January 25, 2019. 

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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