Opening Convocation

Opening Convocation & Rotunda Passage

Plans are being finalized for Opening Convocation and Rotunda Processional for fall 2020. Please check back later this month for updated information.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

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All new first-year and transfer students are invited and encouraged to attend 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 the ceremony include faculty in full academic regalia and the presentation of the new class of students to the President, SMU administrators and professors. Our convocation speaker will offer enriching words to set students on their new path of academic discovery.

An important part of Opening Convocation is the Rotunda Passage. Marching to Opening Convocation, students 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!

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