Information for Students

Welcome to SMU! New first-year and transfer students are invited to attend Rotunda Processional and Opening Convocation on Sunday, August 20, 2023

Rotunda Processional takes place between 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. You assemble with your assigned Residential Common and march together to Dallas Hall where you then process through the Rotunda with the University seal, and proceed to McFarlin Auditorium. Transfer students who are not living on campus should meet with their affiliated Residential Common, Ware. Opening Convocation begins at 1:45 p.m. at the conclusion of the Rotunda Processional and lasts approximately one hour. Appropriate attire for Rotunda Processional and Opening Convocation is summer business casual. Comfortable walking shoes are strongly encouraged.

Family and friends are encouraged to join in the celebration! If they are not able to join the ceremony in person, they may watch it at  

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

Students with impaired mobility are asked to contact for special arrangements prior to Opening Convocation.