Faculty Information

May Commencement Weekend is May 13 and 14, 2022. The information below reflects information from May 2021. The University is in the process of finalizing details for the May 2022 weekend. Please check back in January for updates.

RSVP for Participation


Deadline: Friday, April 16th, 4:00 p.m.

Faculty planning to attend May commencement are required to RSVP by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 16.  All faculty must be registered for the event. All attendees at May Commencement are required to wear face coverings. Participating faculty will receive a commemorative mask, and social distancing protocols will be in place for both faculty and graduates on the field as well as guests throughout the stadium. 

Confirmations with important entry, security screening and prohibited items will be sent to faculty a few days before the ceremony.

If you are unable to attend in-person, please join us in celebrating our graduates by watching the ceremony virtually from your home or office at smu.edu/live.

Day of the Ceremony

Participating faculty assemble in academic dress no later than 7:30 a.m. in the Players' Auditorium in Ford Stadium. The faculty entrance is located on the west side of the stadium through Loyd All-Sports lobby, off Ownby Drive, where you will pass through security. There are arrows and staff on hand to direct you to the auditorium. At 7:40 a.m., the Faculty Marshal will lead you to the Players' Tunnel to line up for the procession. The procession begins moving at 7:50 a.m. following the Chief Marshal's signal to start the ceremony. You will make your way up the field to your seats in front of the candidates. Faculty remain standing until President Turner is seated. With respect to the removal or replacement of mortarboards, follow the lead of the President Turner.

After the "SMU Forever" video, the Platform Party will recess. Once President Turner has left the stage, the faculty recessional will begin. The Faculty Marshal will lead the Faculty back to the Players' Tunnel.

If you require mobility-impaired seating, please let us know so that we can make accommodations for you in the faculty seating area. Please email ceremonies@smu.edu or call 214-768-3417.

Faculty Regalia

If you need academic regalia, please contact your department administrator to determine the ordering process. To ensure that regalia arrive in time and to avoid any late shipping fees, orders must be placed by Monday, April 16. Faculty are encouraged to check with their department's rental policies. To process your order they will need the following information:

  • Last Name
  • First Name
  • Height (with shoes)
  • Cap Size
  • Degree
  • Name of school where highest degree was earned
  • City and state of school
  • Phone number where you can be reached
  • Department on campus

You may transmit the above information via phone, fax, email or in-person at the Bookstore. If you call the Bookstore, any clerk can assist you. If you email or fax the request, please put "To the attention of Commencement Regalia" on your request.


To ensure that regalia arrives in time, please place your order by Monday, April 16. Regalia must be returned to the Bookstore by Sunday, May 16.

If you have specific questions or concerns about your regalia, please call the SMU Bookstore.