Guest Information

Ceremony Instructions

Baccalaureate Service and Rotunda Recessional for Undergraduate Candidates

Friday, May 15, 2020
8:00 p.m. McFarlin Auditorium 
6405 Boaz Lane
Dallas, TX 75205

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Guests are encouraged to be seated by 7:45 p.m. Each guest, regardless of age, must have a unique ticket printed as a full-sized image on an 8.5” x 11” sheet. An e-ticket cannot be accepted. Tickets do not guarantee a seat. Saving seats is not permitted. Parties should enter together. When seats in McFarlin Auditorium are filled, guests are directed to overflow seating at the simulcast location in Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Please note mobility-impaired seating is limited. The ceremony is a formal event and not suitable for infants or young children. See the Schedule of Events to learn more about Baccalaureate and the Rotunda Recessional.

Eligible undergraduate candidates are entitled to 2 guest entry tickets to McFarlin Auditorium. Tickets must be requested by the degree candidate and provided to guests prior to the event. Tickets are not required for the simulcast location. Any tickets not requested by candidates are distributed on the McFarlin Auditorium front steps beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Please see Request Weekend Tickets for more information on tickets.

Simulcast Location (Ticket not required)
Hughes-Trigg Theater
3140 Dyer Street
Dallas, TX 75205

May Commencement

Saturday, May 16, 2020
9:00 a.m. Moody Colliseum
3009 Binkley Avenue
Dallas, TX 75205

Doors open at 7:30 a.m., guests must be in their seats by 8:45 a.m. Security screening is in place. Each guest, regardless of age, must have a unique ticket printed as a full-sized image on an 8.5” x 11” sheet. An e-ticket cannot be accepted. Tickets do not guarantee a seat. Saving seats is not permitted. Parties should enter together. When seats in Moody Coliseum are filled, guests are directed to overflow seating at the simulcast location in Crum Auditorium. The ceremony is a lengthy and formal event not suitable for infants or young children.

Eligible undergraduate candidates are entitled to 4 guest entry tickets to Moody Coliseum. Tickets must be requested by the degree candidate and provided to guests prior to the event. Tickets are not required for the simulcast location.

Please see Request Weekend Tickets for more information on tickets.

Simulcast Location (Ticket not required)
Crum Auditorium
3150 Binkley Avenue
Dallas, TX 75205

The ceremony is also streamed online at smu.edu/live.

Degree Recognition Ceremonies

Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16, 2020

Graduates are individually recognized in school or departmental ceremonies. Some ceremonies require tickets. Contact information for the degree recognition ceremonies is listed on the Events Schedule page.

See Full Schedule


Parking and Access

Candidates and guests attending Commencement activities at SMU on Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16, 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

  • U Lot Located at Airline Road and University Blvd

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

PDF Parking Map SMU Parking Services

Guests with Impairments

Mobility-impaired seating is limited. Guests seated in the mobility-impaired seating area are allowed one attendant to accompany them.

Please contact 214-768-3417 or ceremonies@smu.edu with questions regarding guests with mobility or sensory impairments.

Baccalaureate

Guests with impairments may park in the lot located on the northwest side of McFarlin Auditorium facing Hillcrest Avenue. Space is limited. Entrance to this lot is from McFarlin Boulevard. Enter McFarlin Auditorium using the ramp on the southeast side. An attendant is available for assistance. A current state-issued disabled parking placard and/or license plate are needed to park in this area.

All-University Commencement

Guests with impairments may park on the second level of Binkley Garage (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 are needed. Otherwise, guests may be dropped off on this level and cars are directed to park on the upper levels of Binkley.  


Decorum and Attire

SMU's May Commencement is a true milestone in the lives of our candidates, their guests, and the SMU community at large.  Excitement, joy, and enthusiasm are expected and welcomed!

We ask, however, that all graduates and guests respect the importance and dignity of this occasion. Please remain seated throughout the ceremony and do not bring items that might disrupt the ceremony. Cell phones and other electronic devices should be silenced.  We ask that you express your excitement in ways that will not prevent others from hearing the speakers and enjoying the ceremony.  

Guests are encouraged to dress in layers to manage their comfort level throughout the ceremony as the temperature inside Moody Coliseum is generally cool.  Men traditionally wear pants and sport coats or suits. Women typically wear dress slacks and blouses or dresses.


Places to Stay

There are many options for a place to stay overnight in the Dallas area. Commencement weekend is a very busy time, so make sure to secure your reservations early! Please visit campus travel for more information.


Photography

Personal photographs may be taken before and after the Baccalaureate Service and the Commencement Convocation ceremony. No one is permitted in the aisles during the ceremony. Arrangements have been made with a professional photographer to take Doctoral candidates' photographs as they are hooded at Commencement Convocation. Formal portraits by Flash for all candidates in regalia may be taken the morning of Commencement Convocation in Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports and Crum Basketball Center. If you have questions concerning photographs, please contact Flash Photography at 214-443-9393.

Please check with your candidate's school or department ceremony for its photography policy and for questions regarding photographers at the degree recognition ceremonies.

SMU has a variety of iconic photo opportunities on campus. Be sure to check them out!

Mustang Statue

Dallas Hall

Main Quadrangle Fountain

School Sign