Opening Convocation

Opening Convocation & Rotunda Passage

Sunday, August 23, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Livestreamed from McFarlin Auditorium -Watch Live @ SMU.EDU/LIVE

All new first-year and transfer students are invited and encouraged to watch SMU's 106th Opening Convocation. At this event, students are formally welcomed to the SMU community in a ceremony dating back to 1915, in the very first days of the University. Highlights of this year's ceremony include a message from SMU President R. Gerald Turner, a convocation address from SMU Provost Elizabeth G. Loboa, and the presentation to Dr. Turner of the new class of students by Dean of Admission Elena Hicks. The ceremony is designed to set students on their new path of academic discovery.

An important part of Opening Convocation is the Rotunda Passage. On Sunday afternoon prior to the ceremony, students in their Stampede groups will pass through the Rotunda of Dallas Hall, SMU's first building and a historic landmark. Recognizing that every undergraduate student at SMU has crossed through the Dallas Hall rotunda, students have an opportunity to reflect on their passage to college and their intellectual and personal growth for their time at SMU.

Graduating students confirm year after year that the full impact of Rotunda Passage is not felt until their graduation and the Rotunda Recessional, another SMU tradition when seniors walk through the rotunda of Dallas Hall in reverse and their thoughts turn back to the beginning of their SMU experiences.

It’s a special event you will not want to miss! Students will watch from their residential common room or from the comfort of their home at 5:30 p.m. to watch the ceremony. The livestream will begin at 5:15 p.m.

Please direct all questions regarding Opening Convocation to or call the Division of Enrollment Services at 214-768-3417.