Opening Convocation

Opening Convocation

Information for Students

Welcome to SMU! New first-year and transfer students begin to line up on the west side of Dallas Hall at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, for Rotunda Passage and Opening Convocation.

The Rotunda Processional, led by Faculty and Alumni Marshals, begins at 5:00 pm.

Opening Convocation, held in McFarlin Auditorium, starts at the conclusion of the Rotunda Processional and lasts approximately one hour.

Appropriate attire for Opening Convocation is summer business casual. Comfortable walking shoes are strongly encouraged.

Please direct all questions regarding Opening Convocation to or call the Division of Enrollment Services at 214-768-3417.

Students with impaired mobility are asked to contact for special arrangements prior to Opening Convocation.