Academic Ceremony History and Archives


The SMU McKenzie Bible

The McKenzie Bible was printed in 1856 and once was the property of J.W.P. McKenzie, a pioneer

in Methodist education in Texas. It was used continually by McKenzie, who established McKenzie

College at Clarksville, once the largest institution of higher learning in Texas. This historic Bible

was presented to SMU in 1916 by Mrs. Milton Ragsdale of Dallas, a niece of McKenzie.

The McKenzie Bible was first used at SMU’s 1916 Commencement Convocation, and the

University is proud to use it at tonight’s Baccalaureate Service.

Future Ceremony Dates

2017-2018 Events


Opening Convocation
Sunday, August 20, 2017
McFarlin Auditorium
5:30 p.m.

December Rotunda Recessional
Friday, December 15, 2017
5:30 p.m.

December Commencement 
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Moody Coliseum
10:00 a.m.

Spring Rotunda Passage
5:00 p.m.

Honors Convocation
Monday, April 17, 2017
McFarlin Auditorium
5:30 p.m.

Baccalaureate Service
Friday, May 19, 2017
McFarlin Auditorium
8:00 p.m.

May Commencement 
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Moody Coliseum
9:00 a.m.