August Commencement

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.

The ceremony will last approximately two hours. Candidate and guest tickets are required. Graduates and candidates may request up to four guest tickets. Information on how to request tickets is forthcoming. 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, including how SMU will follow health and safety guidelines. Please check back on July 20 or later for comprehensive information on the events, parking, tickets, security screening, health and safety requirements, live stream, candidate instructions and guest instructions. 

We realize not all graduates and candidates are able to join us in person on August 15. If you are unable to participate on campus, we encourage you to watch the livestream. You'll also receive a special graduation package including the August 2020 Commencement program, a souvenir print and other items in recognition of your important accomplishment.  

Dallas Hall Rotunda Walk

Saturday, August 15, 2020
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Self-paced, self-guided
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 self-paced, self-guided 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. Face coverings are required while inside Dallas Hall.


Regalia Information

Click here for information on regalia orders for August or regalia refunds for students unable to attend the August ceremony.


A Message from President Turner


Congratulations!!

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.

Congratulations International Students


SMU Graduation Survey

By sharing your post-graduation plans, you will help increase the value of your degree by allowing the university to report aggregate post-graduation data to various reporting organizations. This will enhance SMU’s ranking and provide data-informed interactions with employers recruiting SMU students and alumni. You will receive one survey link prior to graduation and one six months after graduation. Students who complete the six month follow-up survey are entered to win a Southwest Airlines gift card.