Parking and Security

December Commencement Weekend is on December 16th (Rotunda Recessional) and 17th (Commencement), 2022. The information below was for 2021. The University is in the process of finalizing details for the December 2022 weekend. Please check back on October 1st for updates.


Candidates and guests attending December Commencement activities at SMU, may park in any of the University's parking facilities:

  • Binkley Parking Center- Located at the corner of Binkley Avenue and Ownby Drive
  • Mustang Parking Center- Located off Bush Avenue by the Residential Commons
  • Moody Parking Center- Located at Airline Road and SMU Boulevard
  • Airline Parking Center- Located at Airline Road and Daniel Avenue
  • Meadows Parking Center- Located between Bishop Blvd and Ownby Drive
  • Hillcrest Parking Center- Located at 5906 Hillcrest Avenue

Maps showing the location of parking lots and campus buildings, and directions to campus are available here:

 SMU Parking Services

Guests with Impairments

Guests with limited mobility may park on the second level of Binkley Parking Center (space is limited) located at the corner of Binkley Avenue and Ownby Drive. To park on  this level, a current state-issued disabled parking placard and/or license plate is needed. Otherwise, guests may be dropped off on this level and cars are directed to park on the upper levels. 


Guest and Candidate Security Screening and Prohibited Items

Security screening is required for all guests and candidates entering Moody Coliseum. Guests and candidates are screened with a hand wand or metal detector; all bags are checked.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, animals (except service animals), backpacks, balloons, banners, binocular cases, briefcases, camera bags, cans, cinch bags, computer bags, coolers, diaper bags, fanny packs, firearms, flags, glass items, guns, inflated balloons, knives of any size and type, laser pointers, luggage, noisemakers, purses larger than a small clutch, radios, seat cushions with zippers, pockets or compartments, selfie sticks, signs, stun guns, throwing objects, umbrellas (unless threat of rain or raining), and weapons. No outside food or drink is permitted in Moody Coliseum.

For guests, all bags must be clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and may not exceed 12 X 6 X 12 inches. Bags may be one-gallon clear plastic resealable storage bags. Small clutch purses with or without straps, no larger than 8.5 X 5.5 inches, are permitted. The clutch does not have to be clear and may be carried separately or within an approved plastic bag. Items that are medically necessary are evaluated individually.

Candidates are not allowed to bring clear bags, food or drinks into Moody Coliseum. A small clutch is permissible.

COVID-19 General Precautions

  • Face coverings over the nose and mouth are optional for all individuals in attendance at the Commencement Ceremony.

Please complete a COVID-19 Self-Screen every day before coming to the SMU campus by taking your temperature and assessing various health symptoms. These symptoms include: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0°.

After screening for the symptoms listed above, if you believe that you may have new or worsening symptoms of possible COVID-19, please do not come to the SMU campus and participate in the commencement events.