The Academic Ceremony Team is comprised of the Chief Marshal, appointed by the Office of the Provost, the University Registrar, the Director of Academic Ceremonies and the Manager of Academic Ceremonies. With the support of the university community, the ceremonies team produces seven annual academic ceremonies – Opening Convocation, December Rotunda Recessional, December Commencement Convocation, Spring Rotunda Passage, Honors Convocation, Baccalaureate Service, and May Commencement Convocation – each filled with pomp and circumstance. The team’s ultimate goal is to create lasting memories for our students and their families.
Office of the University Registrar Event Staff
Staff members from the Registrar’s Office play an integral role in all of SMU’s academic ceremonies. They prepare the faculty and students for the ceremony processions, serve as ushers, adorn the ceremony stage with our beautiful gonfalons and other ceremony symbols, ensure that ceremonies are conducted according to plan, and oversee the fine, behind-the-scene details of each event. Without the dedication of the Registrar’s Office Staff, SMU’s ceremonies would not be as elegant and grand as they are today.