Information for Students

Welcome to SMU! New first-year and transfer students are invited to attend Rotunda Processional and watch the live-stream of Opening Convocation on Sunday, August 23.

Rotunda Processional will take place throughout Sunday afternoon. You will pass through Dallas Hall in your Stampede Group led by your Stampede Leader. Facial coverings and social distancing are required.

Opening Convocation begins at 5:30 p.m. at the conclusion of the Rotunda Processional and lasts approximately one hour.

Your Stampede Leader will have more information during Stampede about the scheduled time for your group to complete the passage and where to watch the ceremony.

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 by live-streaming Opening Convocation.

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.