May Commencement

SMU is currently working on solidifying plans for the May Commencement ceremony. This page will be updated as information is finalized and becomes available. We thank you for your patience and look forward to honoring our 2021 spring graduates and their many accomplishments. Please see below for updated information.

May Commencement Weekend Schedule

All-University Commencement

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Ford Stadium

On Saturday morning, the All-University May Commencement assembles degree candidates from all of SMU's schools and professional programs in Ford Stadium.

Doctoral candidates are recognized on stage, Commencement speakers impart knowledge to our newest graduating class and President Turner confers degrees. At the conclusion of the ceremony, "Varsity" is played and a prayer is said for the new alumni. The ceremony lasts approximately an hour and a half.

Candidate and guest tickets are required. Tickets will be available online in early May and more information will be forthcoming on how to request your candidate and guest tickets. At this time, each candidate who is attending the ceremony is guaranteed a minimum of four guest tickets. If anything changes and we can safely increase this amount with the status of COVID-19 and CDC guidelines in mind, we will update this section on our website. We kindly request that you do not ask for extra tickets above the minimum four at this time. Thank you again for your continued patience and understanding during the ongoing pandemic. A simulcast location will be available on campus in Crum Auditorium. For guests who are unable to attend, the ceremony will be simulcast at

Dallas Hall Rotunda Walk

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Time: 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Location: Historic Main Quadrangle and Dallas Hall Rotunda
Self-guided and self-paced

One of the University's most symbolic traditions is Rotunda Passage, which includes both a processional and a recessional. The processional occurs the day before undergraduate students' first day of classes. Students process through the back of Dallas Hall, through the Rotunda and onto the quad as a new member of the SMU student body. This tradition is concluded with Rotunda Recessional during Commencement Weekend following Baccalaureate. As SMU remains committed to the health and safety of the SMU community, the formal Rotunda Recessional has been replaced with a Dallas Hall Rotunda Walk.

During the Dallas Hall Rotunda Walk, graduates and their guests walk through the front doors of Dallas Hall, through the Rotunda and exit out the back of Dallas Hall. This is a symbolic departure from campus and serves as a welcome to the newest members of the SMU alumni family.

Face coverings are required on the steps of Dallas Hall and inside the building. Tickets are not required.

Degree Recognition Ceremonies

Academic school or professional program ceremonies are an opportunity to celebrate as a cohort group and honor each graduate as they walk across the stage. Some degree recognition ceremonies require tickets. Contact your school or professional program for more information.

Friday, May 14

Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development

PhD, EdD, Master of Education, Master of Bilingual Education, and UG Education Studies
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Moody Coliseum
Contact: Tamra Gayle (214-768-7587,

Counseling, Dispute Resolution, Doctor of Liberal Studies, Master of Liberal Studies, Master of Science in Health Promotion Management, GR Sport Management, and UG APSM
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Moody Coliseum
Contact: Tamra Gayle (214-768-7587,

Perkins School of Theology

A Celebration of Degrees and Academic Achievements
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Moody Coliseum
Contact: Joe Monroy (214-768-2152,

Cox School of Business

Undergraduate Ceremony
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Ford Stadium
Contact: Dee Powell (214-768-3012,

Graduate Ceremony
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Ford Stadium
Contact: Dee Powell (214-768-3012,

Saturday, May 15

Dedman School of Law

Class of 2020
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Moody Coliseum
Contact: TBD

Class of 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Moody Coliseum
Contact: TBD

The Guildhall at SMU, Hart eCenter

Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: McFarlin Auditorium
Contact: Mallory Trumpfheller (214-240-4244,

Lyle School of Engineering

Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Ford Stadium
Graduate Contact: Jim Dees (214-768-1456,
Undergraduate Contact: LaDonna Moore (214-768-1732,

Master of Science in Data Science

Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: McFarlin Auditorium
Contact: Brenda Park (214-768-8446,

Meadows School of the Arts

Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Moody Coliseum
Contact: Meadows Operations and Events Office at 214-768-2713 or 214-768-4211 (
• For questions regarding degree candidacy, eligibility to participate in the ceremonies, etc., contact Jennifer R. Smith at 214-768-2754.

Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Ford Stadium
Contact: Barbara Thomas (214-768-2480,


Candidates may begin placing their regalia orders through Herff Jones. Your regalia order will be sent to your home address. The deadline to order regalia is Monday, April 19, 2021.

FLASH Photography

Pre-Commencement portrait appointments are available at their Dallas location, 8150 N. Central Expy, Ste. 1515, Dallas, TX 75206 (Near SMU, across from North Park Mall)

Book your appointment today!

SMU Ring Ceremony

Purchase your SMU ring! The SMU Ring can be viewed and purchased online through Balfour.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Time: 11 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Location: Hughes-Trigg Auditorium
Contact: Liz Hernandez (214-768-1396,