Guest Information

Ceremony Instructions

May Commencement

Saturday, May 15, 2021
8:00 a.m., Ford Stadium
5800 Ownby Drive
Dallas, TX 75205

Doors open at 6:30 a.m. The ceremony begins at 8:00 a.m. Security screenings are in place. Each guest, regardless of age, must have a unique mobile ticket. If possible, parties should enter together and sit in odd numbered rows. Please keep four seats between family groups. Seating is general admission. Face coverings are required and must be worn at all times. Given the Texas heat and COVID-19, it may be concerning for young children and older adults to attend. 

Eligible undergraduate candidates are entitled to 4 guest entry tickets to Ford Stadium. 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 Locations (Ticket not required)
Crum Auditorium
3150 Binkley Avenue
Dallas, TX 75205

Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater
3140 Dyer street
Dallas, TX 75205

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

Dallas Hall Rotunda Walk

Saturday, May 15, 2021
Historic Main Quadrangle and Dallas Hall, 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

Dallas Hall will be open for a walk through the Rotunda from 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. Tickets are not required. Face coverings are required at all times on the steps of Dallas Hall and in the building. 

Degree Recognition Ceremonies

Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15, 2021

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 14 and 15, 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

  • 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:

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.

Guests with limited mobility may park in Lot D (space is limited) located on Ownby Drive. To park here, a current stat-issued disabled parking placard and/or license plate are needed. Otherwise, guests may be dropped off by the stadium on Ownby Drive and cars can park in any SMU parking garage. 

SMU's transportation escort service is available for pick-up and drop-off between the parking garages and the stadium. 


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 wear comfortable, light-weight clothing the temperature may be hot in Ford Stadium. Sunscreen is also recommended as the sun will be bright and few seats will be in the shade.


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  Commencement ceremony. Guests are not permitted on the field. Formal portraits by Flash for all candidates in regalia may be taken the morning of Commencement. 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