August Commencement Convocation
(postponed from May 2020)
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Time: 8:00 a.m., rain or shine
Gates Open: 6:30 a.m.
Location: Gerald J. Ford Stadium
5800 Ownby Drive
Dallas, TX 75205
On Saturday morning, the All-University Commencement Convocation will assemble graduates and candidates from all of SMU’s schools and professional programs. Commencement speakers will offer their congratulations to our newest class of graduates, an Honorary Degree will be bestowed on Mr. Max Glauben, and President Turner will re-confer your degrees. Graduates and candidates will cross the stage and have their names announced. Elements of the Baccalaureate Service will be included.
Candidate and guest tickets are required for entry into Ford Stadium, and a reservation is required to obtain a ticket. Graduates who RSVP'd may download ceremony tickets beginning Monday, August 10 at 9:00 a.m. until Thursday, August 13 at midnight. Graduates and candidates may request up to four guest tickets. Please see Request Commencement Tickets for more information.
Face coverings are required while inside Ford Stadium and social distancing guidelines must be maintained. For guests who are unable to attend, the ceremony will be streamed live at smu.edu/live. Please see our FAQ page for answers to commonly asked August Convocation questions.
Dallas Hall Rotunda Walk
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Historic Main Quadrangle and Dallas Hall Rotunda
One of the University's most symbolic traditions is Rotunda Passage, which includes both a processional and a recessional. The processional occurs the day before undergraduate students' first day of classes. Students process through the back of Dallas Hall, through the Rotunda and onto the quad as a new member of the SMU student body. This tradition is concluded with Rotunda Recessional during Commencement Weekend. Due to COVID-19 the formal Rotunda Recessional has been replaced with a Dallas Hall Rotunda Walk.
During the Dallas Hall Rotunda Walk, graduates and candidates and their guests walk through the front doors of Dallas Hall, through the Rotunda and exit out the back of Dallas Hall. This is a symbolic departure from campus and serves as a welcome to the newest members of the SMU alumni family.
Tickets are not required, but only four guests are allowed to accompany you. Graduates and candidates with their guests will be paced at an appropriate distance through the Rotunda to adhere to social distancing. Due to the expected crowd, graduates and guests will not be able to stop or pause in the Rotunda. Face coverings are required on the steps of Dallas Hall and inside the building.
Reunion Tower Event
In honor of the SMU Class of 2020, Reunion Tower will have a special light show the evening of August 15 at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.). In addition, they are inviting graduates and up to three guests to the indoor/outdoor observation area, the GeO-Deck, for a unique photo opportunity 470 feet above the Dallas skyline during the weekend of Commencement, August 14–16. A special code will be sent to graduates who have RSVP'd to the Commencement Convocation via email on August 12 to obtain free tickets to Reunion Tower.
A Message from President Turner
We are looking forward to celebrating you and your graduation on August 15, 2020!
We are busily planning the weekend events and plans will be finalized in the coming weeks. Once plans are finalized, they will be posted to this website. Candidates, please keep an eye out on your SMU email account and we will alert you when the website is updated.