Academic Ceremony Symbols & Traditions


SMU Seals

The official university seal, which features Dallas Hall, is a significant element in the University's historic identity and is used exclusively for official business of the University.

The seal is maintained by the Office of the University Secretary and used for corporate purposes. It is also used on academic documents produced with the approval of the Office of the Provost in conjunction with SMU Public Affairs.

The seal should be used for only the purposes specified, and never as a substitute for the University logo, which remains the University's primary visual symbol. The same care and respect should be afforded the official seal as the University logo. The seal should always be placed in an upright position and never altered or tampered with. Care should be taken to leave adequate space on all sides of the seal.

  • University seal as used in McFarlin Auditorium

  • Historic SMU logo used in Moody Coliseum

  • Modern SMU logo used on ceremony gonfalons

  • Official University seal used on diplomas

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.