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Academic Ceremony Vendors

Barnes and Noble: SMU Bookstore

The Barnes and Noble SMU Bookstore provides Academic Ceremonies with regalia for SMU’s Honorary Degrees, Trustees to the University, and other dignitaries who are a part of the Platform Party during each of the five academic ceremonies held throughout the year.  They are the official distributor of Southern Methodist University’s custom regalia.

D&L Entertainment Services

D&L Entertainment Services provides ushering services to Academic Ceremonies during , December Graduation, Baccalaureate and May Commencement in both McFarlin Auditorium and Moody Coliseum.

Floral Arts Studio

Floral Arts Studio creates breathtaking floral arrangements for Opening Convocation, December Graduation, Honors Day Convocation, Baccalaureate and May Commencement.

Flash Photography

Flash Photography is the preferred photographer for Academic Ceremonies.  Flash photographs candidates at our Graduation Fairs, December Graduation, Honors Day Convocation, several of the May Diploma Ceremonies, and all Doctoral candidates who participate in May Commencement Convocation.

Herff Jones

Herff Jones is the preferred provider of graduation announcements and invitations, and created SMU’s custom academic regalia.  This regalia, designed specifically for SMU, was inaugurated in May 2009, and is now worn by all graduates during academic ceremonies each May and December.

Imperial Brass

The Imperial Brass provides beautiful processional music and fanfares during Opening Convocation, December Graduation, Honors Day Convocation, Baccalaureate and May Commencement.

McIlhenny Banners

McIlhenny Banners creates all Academic Ceremonies gonfalons and flags.

Michael Sutter

Michael Sutter is the Registrar’s Office official provider of diplomas. Michael Sutter also offers preservation frames to SMU graduates.

Paradigm, Inc.

Paradigm, Inc. is the Registrar’s Office official provider of diploma covers.

Texas Balloon Arches

Texas Balloon Arches provides colorful balloon columns for Opening Convocation and Honors Day Convocation.

Future Ceremony Dates

Opening Convocation
Sunday, August 19, 2018
McFarlin Auditorium
5:30 p.m.

December Commencement Convocation
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Moody Coliseum
9:30 a.m.

Honors Convocation
Monday, April 15, 2019
McFarlin Auditorium
5:30 p.m.

Friday, May 17, 2019
McFarlin Auditorium
8:00 p.m.

May Commencement Convocation
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Moody Coliseum
9:00 a.m.