Faculty Information

RSVP for Participation


Deadline: Friday, April 15, 4:00 p.m.

Faculty planning to attend May commencement are required to RSVP by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15.  All faculty must be registered for the event

Confirmations with important entry, security screening and prohibited items will be sent to faculty a few days before the ceremony.

If you are unable to attend in-person, please join us in celebrating our graduates by watching the ceremony virtually from your home or office at smu.edu/live.

Day of the Ceremony

Participating faculty assemble in academic dress no later than 8:30 a.m. in the Hall of Champions in Ford Stadium. The faculty entrance is located on the northwest of the stadium through Loyd All-Sports Center main lobby area, off Ownby Drive, where you will pass through security. There are signs and event staff on hand to direct you to the Hall of Champions (located on the third floor of Loyd/Ford Stadium). At 9:10 a.m., the Faculty Marshal will lead you to the Players' Tunnel to line up for the procession. The procession begins moving following the Chief Marshal's signal to start the faculty march. You will make your way up the field to your seats in front of the candidates on the west column. Faculty remain standing until President Turner is seated. With respect to the removal of mortarboards, follow the lead of President Turner.

At the end of the ceremony, the Platform Party recesses first. Once President Turner has left the stage, the faculty recessional begins. The Faculty Marshal will lead the Faculty back to the Players' Tunnel.

If you require mobility-impaired seating, please let us know so that we can make accommodations for you in the faculty seating area. Please email ceremonies@smu.edu or call 214-768-3417.

Faculty Regalia

If you need academic regalia, please contact your department administrator to determine the ordering process. To ensure that regalia arrive in time and to avoid any late shipping fees, orders must be placed by Friday, April 15. Faculty are encouraged to check with their department's rental policies. To process your order they will need the following information:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Height (with shoes)
  • Cap Size
  • Degree(most recent)
  • Area of study for most recent degree
  • Name of school where this degree was earned
  • City and state of school
  • Best phone number where you can be reached
  • SMU email address
  • School or department on campus

You may transmit the above information via phone, email or in-person at the Bookstore. If you call the Bookstore, any clerk can assist you. If you email or fax the request, please put "To the attention of Commencement Regalia" on your request.


To ensure that regalia arrives in time, please place your order by Friday, April 15. Regalia must be returned to the Bookstore by Sunday, May 15.

If you have specific questions or concerns about your regalia, please call the SMU Bookstore.