Description of Events

Rotunda Recessional for Undergraduate Candidates

Friday, December 15, 2023
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Main Quadrangle and Dallas Hall
Gathering: Undergraduate Candidates meet at the flagpole area in the historic Main Quadrangle in academic regalia starting at 5:00 p.m.

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 in their regalia 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.

There is no need to RSVP for this event. Family and friends are welcome to watch the candidates walk to Dallas Hall from the flagpole in the Main Quadrangle. Parking is available in the Airline and Daniel Parking Centers. 

December Commencement

Saturday, December 16, 2023
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Moody Coliseum
6024 Airline Road
Dallas, TX 75205
Doors Open: 8:00 a.m.

On Saturday morning, the All-University Commencement 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. At the conclusion of the ceremony, "Varsity" is played and a prayer is said for the new alumni.

Guest tickets are not required for this event. Seating in Moody Coliseum is general admission. If the venue reaches capacity, guests will be directed to a simulcast location. Security screening is in place. For guests who are unable to attend, the ceremony will be live streamed at