Rotunda Recessional for Undergraduate Candidates
Friday, December 20, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons
Student Line-up: 4:45 pm (in regalia)
One of the University's most symbolic
traditions is Rotunda Passage, which
includes both a processional and a
recessional. The processional welcomes
new undergraduate students to the
University, and is held the day before
classes start. Students enter the back of
Dallas Hall, process through the Rotunda,
and exit out onto the Historic Main
Quadrangle as new members of the SMU
This tradition is concluded with the Rotunda Recessional that takes place the
evening before Commencement. Undergraduate candidates are welcomed by the
Student Body President and the Chief Marshal of Academic Ceremonies. After brief
remarks, the Chief Marshal leads the students through the front doors of Dallas Hall
for a walk through the Rotunda, before exiting through the back doors. This is a
symbolic departure from campus as well as a welcome to the SMU Alumni family.
There is no need to RSVP for this event. Family and friends are welcome to watch
the candidates walk from Hughes-Trigg to Dallas Hall. Parking is available in the
Airline and Daniel Parking Centers, Lot Q (north side of Dallas Hall) and Lot M
(south side of Perkins Administration Building).
December Commencement Convocation
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Moody Colliseum
3009 Binkley Avenue
Dallas, TX 75205
Student Line-up: 8:00 a.m. in Dedman Center
Doors Open: 8:00 a.m.
On Saturday morning, the all-University
Commencement Convocation assembles
degree candidates from all of SMU's
schools and professional programs. The
ceremony takes place in Moody Coliseum
on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 9:30
a.m. Students and faculty, dressed in
academic regalia, enter the coliseum to
grand processional music. Each graduate
walks across the stage and is individually
recognized. Doctoral candidates are
hooded, the President confers degrees and
a formal address is delivered. The ceremony lasts approximately two hours.
Security screening is in place. Tickets are not required. Seating in Moody Coliseum is
not guaranteed and is on a first come basis. Saving seats is not permitted. The
ceremony is a lengthy and formal event not suitable for infants or young children. The
ceremony will also be live streamed at smu.edu/live.