Gonfalons

Commencement not only includes academic protocol and traditional costume, but also symbolic elements of the academy and of the procession and ceremony. Among the most visible of these symbols are the gonfalons.

Gonfalons, ceremonial banners or flags suspended from a crossbar, have descended from medieval Italy where they were used as symbols of office or state. They have been adopted by many universities to enhance the ceremonial nature of the commencement exercises, and to designate each of the colleges or groups within a university.

At SMU, the honor of carrying a gonfalon is awarded to the student with the highest grade point average in each college. Standard bearers, as they are referred to on our campus, march at the head of their college during the procession, similar to athletes in the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic Games. The gonfalons separate each college as the graduating students file onto the floor of Moody Coliseum during the procession.

First Generation 1978-1993

Gonfalon of the Cox School of Business

Cox School of Business

Gonfalon of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Gonfalon of Lyle School of Engineering

Lyle School of Engineering

Gonfalon of School of Law

School of Law

Gonfalon of Meadows School of Arts

Meadows School of Arts

Gonfalon of Perkins School of Theology

Perkins School of Theology

Second Generation 1993-2009

Gonfalon of Cox School of Business

Cox School of Business

Gonfalon of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Gonfalon of Lyle School of Engineering

Lyle School of Engineering

Gonfalon of School of Law

School of Law

Gonfalon of Meadows School of Arts

Meadows School of Arts

Gonfalon of Perkins School of Theology

Perkins School of Theology

Gonfalon of Simmons School of Education and Human Development

Simmons School of Education and Human Development

Gonfalon of The 50th Class Reunion

The 50th Class Reunion

Third Generation 2009-Present

Gonfalon of Cox School of Business

Cox School of Business

Gonfalon of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Gonfalon of Lyle School of Engineering

Lyle School of Engineering

Gonfalon of School of Law

School of Law

Gonfalon of Meadows School of Arts

Meadows School of Arts

Gonfalon of Perkins School of Theology

Perkins School of Theology

Gonfalon of Simmons School of Education and Human Development

Simmons School of Education and Human Development

Gonfalon of The 50th Class Reunion

The 50th Class Reunion

Gonfalon of The Guildhall

The Guildhall

Gonfalon of The Faculty

The Faculty

Gonfalon of SMU

SMU