How to Safely Make the Most of Your Day

SMU looks forward to celebrating graduates’ accomplishments on May 13 and 14, 2022.

For Your Comfort We Suggest

  • It is May in Texas, and it could be hot and sunny.
  • There is little shade in stadium seating. Sunscreen is recommended.
  • Dress comfortably. Wear lightweight, light color clothing.
  • Wear a hat or visor or bring a small travel umbrella (full size umbrellas are not allowed).
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Bring a clear, UNOPENED bottle of water per person.

After screening for the symptoms listed above, if you believe that you may have symptoms of possible COVID-19, please do not come to the SMU campus and participate in the commencement events.


Guest and Candidate Security Screening and Prohibited Items

Security screening is required for all guests and candidates entering Ford Stadium and Moody Coliseum. Guests and graduates are screened with a hand wand or metal detector; all bags are checked.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, animals (except service animals), backpacks, balloons, banners, binocular cases, briefcases, camera bags, cans, cinch bags, computer bags, coolers, diaper bags, fanny packs, firearms, flags, glass items, guns, inflated balloons, knives of any size and type, laser pointers, luggage, noisemakers, purses larger than a small clutch, radios, seat cushions with zippers, pockets or compartments, selfie sticks, signs, stun guns, throwing objects, large umbrellas (travel umbrellas allowed), and weapons. No outside food or drink except water in clear unopened bottles is permitted in Ford Stadium or Moody Coliseum.

For guests, all bags must be clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and may not exceed 12 X 6 X 12 inches. Bags may be one-gallon clear plastic resealable storage bags. Small clutch purses with or without straps, no larger than 8.5 X 5.5 inches, are permitted. The clutch does not have to be clear and may be carried separately or within an approved plastic bag. Items that are medically necessary are evaluated individually.

Graduates are not allowed to bring clear bags, food or drinks into Ford Stadium or Moody Coliseum. A small clutch is permissible.

Parking and Access

Graduates and guests attending Commencement activities at SMU on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, 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

Guests with limited mobility attending the Baccalaureate service on Friday, May 13 may park behind McFarlin Auditorium in the M Lot. Guests with limited mobility attending the Saturday morning All-University Commencement may park in Lot D (space is limited) located on Ownby Drive. To park in these locations, a current state-issued disabled parking placard and/or license plate are needed. Otherwise, guests may be dropped off Friday for Baccalaureate by McFarlin Auditorium on Boaz Lane or on Saturday morning  at Ford Stadium on the curve of Bush Avenue. Drivers can then park in any SMU parking garage. 

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

Parking Map  SMU Parking Services