Description of Events

Rotunda Recessional for Undergraduate Candidates

Friday, December 18, 2020
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Student Line-up: 4:45 pm (in regalia)

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. Students enter the back of Dallas Hall, process through the Rotunda, and exit out onto the Historic Main Quadrangle as new members of the SMU student body.

This tradition is concluded with the Rotunda Recessional that takes place the evening before Commencement. Undergraduate candidates are welcomed by the Student Body President and the Chief Marshal of Academic Ceremonies. After brief remarks, the Chief Marshal leads the students through the front doors of Dallas Hall for a walk through the Rotunda, before exiting through the back doors. This is a symbolic departure from campus as well as a welcome to 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. Parking is available in the Airline and Daniel Parking Centers, Lot Q (north side of Dallas Hall) and Lot M (south side of Perkins Administration Building).

December Commencement Convocation

Saturday, December 19, 2020
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Moody Colliseum
3009 Binkley Avenue
Dallas, TX 75205
Student Line-up: 8:00 a.m. in Dedman Center
Doors Open: 8:00 a.m.

On Saturday morning, the all-University Commencement Convocation assembles degree candidates from all of SMU's schools and professional programs. The ceremony takes place in Moody Coliseum on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. Students and faculty, dressed in academic regalia, enter the coliseum to grand processional music. Each graduate walks across the stage and is individually recognized. Doctoral candidates are hooded, the President confers degrees and a formal address is delivered. The ceremony lasts approximately two hours.

Security screening is in place. Tickets are not required. Seating in Moody Coliseum is not guaranteed and is on a first come basis. Saving seats is not permitted. The ceremony is a lengthy and formal event not suitable for infants or young children. The ceremony will also be live streamed at