Description of Events

Rotunda Recessional for Undergraduate Candidates

Saturday, December 19
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m. & 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Historic Main Quadrangle and Dallas Hall

One of the University's most symbolic traditions is Rotunda Passage, which includes both a processional and a recessional. The processional welcomes new undergraduate students to the University, and is held the day before classes start. During the recessional, candidates 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.

December Commencement Convocation

Saturday, December 19, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Gerald J. Ford Stadium
5800 Ownby Drive
Dallas, TX 75205
Doors Open:11:30 a.m.

On Saturday afternoon, the all-University Commencement Convocation will assemble degree candidates from all of SMU's schools and professional programs. Commencement speakers will offer their congratulations to our newest class of graduates and President Turner will confer degrees. Candidates will cross the stage and have their names announced. 

There will be no limit to the number of guests in Ford Stadium. Security screening is in place. Given the weather in Dallas in December and COVID-19, it may be concerning for young children and older adults to attend. The ceremony will also be live streamed at