May Commencement

May Commencement

Baccalaureate & Commencement Tickets Required

Procedures for guest and candidate tickets 

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Candidate Instructions

Procedures related to assembly locations and security screening 

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Watch Ceremony

Watch both ceremonies live @

Baccalaureate Service
8:00 p.m. Friday, May 15
9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 16

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Pre-ordered regalia will be available for pickup at the SMU Bookstore beginning May 9.

Event Staff Information

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Message from the President and Provost

On behalf of the Southern Methodist University community, we invite you to attend SMU's 105th Commencement Weekend, May 15 and 16, 2020. The activities that make up Commencement Weekend showcase some of the University's best traditions and are designed to recognize the pride we all feel in our students' accomplishments.

The Baccalaureate Service on Friday evening enables graduating seniors and their guests to worship together. Later, as these seniors march through the Rotunda of Dallas Hall for the tradition known as Rotunda Recessional, they mark the end of their undergraduate years and the beginning of their lifelong association with SMU as alumni.

On Saturday morning, the University Commencement Convocation assembles degree candidates from all of SMU's schools and professional programs. Moody Coliseum becomes transformed by the pageantry of students and faculty in academic regalia marching behind the colorful banners of their respective schools, accompanied by music and applause from their families.

The personal attention so important to SMU takes center stage at ceremonies later in the day, when schools and departments individually recognize each graduate.

The spirit of community combined with our celebration of the individual is what makes SMU's Commencement a special time. We hope you will join us in May as we pay tribute to the members of the SMU Class of 2020! We extend our warmest wishes as you celebrate this joyous occasion.


R. Gerald Turner

Peter K. Moore
Provost, ad interim