Graduation & Diploma Services

Commencement Participation 

An All-University Commencement is held in May for students enrolled and on schedule to complete degree requirements during the spring term. If you are enrolled and on schedule to complete all degree requirements during the following summer session, you may also participate in the University Commencement Convocation, although your degree is not conferred until August. You may also participate in departmental or school ceremonies following the University commencement according to the policies of the departments or schools.

An All-University December Commencement is held each  year for students completing degree requirements during the fall term. If you complete degree requirements during the previous summer session you may also participate. If you are on schedule and enrolled to complete all degree requirements during the following Jan Term (January) intersession, you may also participate in the December ceremony, although your degree is not conferred until January.

You may participate once in either the All-University Commencement Convocation in May or the All-University December Commencement for a given degree, but not both.

To participate in a ceremony, you must apply online and file with your school's records office an Application for Candidacy to Graduate or Intent to Participate Form.

Doctoral candidates must complete all degree requirements prior to participation in a Commencement ceremony.

To Apply for Graduation:

Applications for Candidacy to Graduate are made available through your school of record. Please contact your graduation adviser. Apply for graduation online through the Student Center on my. SMU. You will be contacted by your school of record informing you that you are eligible to apply for graduation. If you have any questions, please contact your school of record.

Last date to file for Spring 2023 graduation - January 23, 2023
Last date to file for Summer 2023 graduation - June 2, 2023
Last date to file for Fall 2023 graduation - August 25, 2023

A $30 late fee may be applied to your account when the Registrar’s Office receives an Application for Candidacy to Graduate (ACG) after the conferral date noted in the SMU academic catalog.

Degree Certification and Apostille

International companies or institutions may require a certified copy of a diploma for the purpose of employment or to attend educational institutions. The University Registrar’s Office can assist you in obtaining the degree certifications. SMU degree certifications are accepted both domestically and internationally.  You can order a Degree Certification (Apostille) or Transcript certification through the RO MarketPlace.

If you have in your possession your diploma:

You may bring your diploma to the University Registrar's Office located in the Laura Lee Blanton Building, Room 101. The University Registrar’s Office will provide a set of three notarized copies of your diploma for a fee of fifteen dollars ($15.00) (order and pay through the RO MarketPlace). The documents include the signature of the Associate Registrar, the Notary’s seal, signature, and expiration date of the Notary. If you cannot bring the diploma in, please mail the diploma to either address below.

USPS Mailing Address
University Registrar
Southern Methodist University
PO Box 750181
Dallas, TX 75275-0181

Delivery Address
Southern Methodist University
Laura Lee Blanton Building, Suite 300
6185 Airline Rd
Dallas, TX 75205

If you do not have access to your diploma or it's no longer available:

A replacement diploma will need to be ordered through the RO MarketPlace. It may take 3-4 weeks for the new diploma to arrive. Once the University Registrar’s Office has received your diploma, we will then begin the degree certification process.

The Apostille seal is affixed to the documents by the Secretary of State’s Office in Austin, Texas. For the mailing address and price information for the Apostille, please visit the Texas Secretary of State Office website and complete forms 2101 and 2102 listed on item 2 - Authentications Unit.

Once the certifications have been processed and notarized by the University Registrar’s Office, the following options are available for obtaining the Apostille:

For additional assistance please contact Jackie Wilborn, Manager of Diploma Services at or 214-768-2048.

Diploma Names

You have the option to request a “Diploma” name to be printed on their diploma.

You may request a name change of your choice on your diploma provided it is not profane,  explicit, or vulgar in nature.  Name changes that do not adhere to these criteria will not be processed and the Primary name (aka legal name) in my. SMU  will be used instead.

If no diploma name is specified, your Primary name will appear on the diploma.

International students –All name changes will be reviewed and must comply with federal regulations. Names must match documents with the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office. The ISSS will have final authority to approve or deny any and all name changes for International students. 

The "Degree" name can include the following:

  • A first name may be shortened to an initial (e.g. Larry is now "L").
  • An initial can be expanded (e.g., J is now Judy).
  • A middle name can be added that is not currently listed in my. SMU (e.g., John Doe is now John "Michael" Doe).

With the exceptions above, first and last name changes cannot be removed, altered, or printed on a diploma without proper documentation that the name change has legally occurred. This is verified via the social security number (SSN) or a valid passport.

For first or last name changes, provide either an original Social Security Card (or the form issued by the Social Security Administration verifying that application has been made) or a valid passport. You may take either document to the University Registrar and a copy will be made. The original document will immediately be returned to you.

The University Registrar is located in the Laura Blanton Student Services Bldg., Room 101, 6185 Airline Rd.

Office hours are as follows:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

You may also mail a notarized copy of the social security card. The notary stamp must be visible.

USPS Mailing Address
University Registrar
Southern Methodist University
PO BOX 750181
Dallas, TX 75275-0181


Degree Honors

The minimum graduation honors GPA's are announced in October for each academic year. The minimum GPA's represent the top 5 percent, 10 percent, and 15 percent in the five undergraduate schools – Cox, Dedman (including Evening Studies), Lyle, Meadows, and Simmons.

Click here to learn more about Degree Honors

Diploma Mailings

Spring 2023 Degrees

Diplomas are scheduled to be mailed to your HOME or DIPLOMA address on or after Thursday, June 15, 2023.  

Please make sure to check my.SMU to verify you have a correct HOME or DIPLOMA address listed.

Summer 2023 Degrees

Summer diplomas will be mailed to your home address in late August. Please make sure to check my.SMU to verify you have a correct HOME or DIPLOMA address listed.  

Fall 2023 Degrees

Fall diplomas will be mailed to your home address in late January. Please make sure to check my.SMU to verify you have a correct HOME or DIPLOMA address listed 


NOTE: If you owe money to the University, you will not receive your diploma until your account has been cleared.


Diploma Information and Size

Diplomas contain your name, degree name, conferral date, signature of the academic Dean(s), and the officials who are currently in office.

Majors are printed on the diplomas.

Diplomas are printed in the two sizes below:
Undergraduate diplomas are 8 ½ x 11.
Graduate and Professional diplomas are 11 x 14.

Current Students

Graduation candidates who successfully complete degree requirements are awarded degrees through their academic school of record. The University Registrar orders diplomas at the conclusion of each academic term. Diplomas are mailed directly from the vendor to the candidate’s address that is provided in my.SMU. Students are notified via e-mail when their diplomas have been shipped.

Replacement Diploma

You may order an additional copy of your diploma through the RO MarketPlace.

Statute of Limitations for Degree Plans

A student who has been readmitted to the University following an absence of more than three years will be expected to meet all current requirements for graduation.