Faculty Information

RSVP for Participation


Deadline: Friday, April 14, 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 8:00 a.m. in the Miller Event Center in Moody Coliseum. The faculty entrance is located on the north side of the building on Binkley Avenue. You will pass through security. There are signs and event staff on hand to direct you. At 8:50 a.m., the Faculty Marshal will line you up and lead you to the Moody floor for the procession. The procession begins moving following the Chief Marshal's signal to start the faculty march. You will make your way to your seats in the bleachers on the north side of the floor. Faculty remain standing until President Turner is seated. With respect to the removal of mortarboards, follow the lead of President Turner.

Prior to the ceremony, there will be a faculty breakfast beginning at 7:15 a.m. in Moody’s Miller Event Center, during which the Tom Tunks Distinguished University Citizen award will be presented. If you want to attend the breakfast, please RSVP by clicking here.   A plated breakfast is served.  If a vegetarian option is preferred, please make this request when you email your RSVP for the breakfast.  The deadline to RSVP for breakfast is Friday, May 5 by 4:00 p.m.

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 out through the northeast portal of the coliseum.

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 Wednesday, April 12. 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 Wednesday, April 12. Regalia must be returned to the Bookstore by Tuesday, May 16.

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