Faculty Information

RSVP for Breakfast/Procession


Deadline: Friday, May 8th, 4:00 p.m.

Faculty planning to attend May commencement are required to RSVP by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 11.  All faculty must be pre-registered for the event and will pass through security when entering the Coliseum.

Confirmations with important entry, security screening and prohibited items will be sent to faculty by Monday, May 11.

Faculty Breakfast

Prior to the ceremony there is a faculty breakfast for those who RSVP'd, beginning at 7:45 a.m. in the Miller Event Center's Champions Club in Moody Coliseum. If you are participating as a faculty marshal for Commencement Convocation, you are encouraged to report to your assigned location by 7:50 a.m.

Faculty Procession

Retired and current faculty assemble in academic dress no later than 8:40 a.m. in the Miller's Champions Club. The faculty process together to the floor of Moody Coliseum, led by the retired faculty.

The procession begins moving at 8:50 a.m. following the graduation candidates. The faculty remain standing until the President is seated. With respect to the removal or replacement of mortarboards, follow the lead of the President. After the playing of the University Hymn, "Varsity," the Platform Party leads the recessional, followed by the faculty in a single-file line.

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.

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 17. Faculty are encouraged to check with their department's rental policies. To process your order they will need the following information:

  • Last Name
  • First Name
  • Height (with shoes)
  • Cap Size
  • Degree
  • Name of school where highest degree was earned
  • City and state of school
  • Phone number where you can be reached
  • Department on campus

You may transmit the above information via phone, fax, 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 17. Regalia must be returned to the Bookstore by Sunday, May 17.

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