Event Services

Celebrate Founders' Day

Founders' Day Weekend

Thursday, April 16 — Sunday, April 19, 2020

Alumni, parents and friends: Mark your calendars now for SMU Founders’ Day Weekend 2020. More details will be coming soon.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Dallas Hall Society Luncheon

Honoring members of Dallas Hall Society, SMU’s society recognizing individuals who have named SMU in their estate plans, this special lunch will feature Michael Molina, SMU Associate Vice President of Facilities Planning and Management and Chief Architect.

Location: Miller Boulevard Ballroom inside SMU’s Indoor Performance Center


12:45 p.m.

Meadows Jazz Orchestra Brown Bag Concert

Bring your lunch and relax in the Taubman Atrium for a lively, free midday concert by the Meadows Jazz Orchestra. The MJO explores the range of large ensemble jazz from traditions of the famed big bands to contemporary compositions.

Location: Taubman Atrium inside Owen Arts Center


6 – 7:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Before Engagement

Before Engagement: American Domestic Politics and US-China Relations After WWII is a panel discussion to be held by Joyce Mao, Charlotte Brooks, and Elizabeth Ingleson as a part of the Stanton Sharp Lecture Series.

Location: Dallas Hall


7:30 p.m.

Meadows World Music Ensemble Performance

The Meadows World Music Ensemble, under the direction of Jamal Mohamed, explores music from cultures and continents around the globe. The group combines traditional instruments from Africa, Asia and Latin America with standard western orchestral instruments to create unique interpretations of traditional folk melodies as well as original compositions. Hot drumming and imaginative improvisation are hallmarks of the group’s concerts. Free event. For more information, call 214-768-2787.

Location: Caruth Auditorium inside Owen Arts Center


Friday, April 17, 2020

10:30 a.m.

2020 Jerry LeVias Golf Classic

Enjoy a day of golf and fun with Head Coach Sonny Dykes and his staff! Proceeds of the tournament will be used to renovate the Vic and Gladie Jo Salvino Strength and Conditioning Center in the Loyd All-Sports Complex. Registration for a team of four is $2,500 or $625 per player.


Location: Thorntree Golf Club


 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

SMU Young Alumni Board Meeting

Harold Clark Simmons Hall, Rooms A & D

Noon – 4:30 p.m.

SMU Alumni Board Meeting

Harold Clark Simmons Hall, Rooms A & D

1 – 5 p.m.

Parent Leadership Council Board Meeting

Miller Boulevard Ballroom, inside the SMU Indoor Performance Center

1 – 4 p.m.


Perunapalooza ignites SMU as the university's springtime festival to celebrate Peruna's Birthday! Students enjoy free games, rides free activities while helping themselves to a variety of carnival-inspired food.

Location: Dallas Hall Lawn


6 p.m.

Cox Centennial Gala – Celebrating 100 Years of Business Education

Join us for this special gala featuring the inaugural Cox Visionary Award presented to Edwin L. Cox, Sr. ’42 and celebrating 100 years of business education. Purchase tickets at https://smu.edu/rsvp/coxgala.

Location: Moody Coliseum


7:30 p.m.

Meadows Symphony Orchestra: Concerto Competition Winners’ Concert

The program features winners of the annual Meadows Concerto Competition, who are chosen to perform with the orchestra from a highly competitive field of talented Meadows undergraduate and graduate students. Highlighting the concert is the world premiere of Jason Mulligan’s They Come Through the Wires, a short work inspired by horror films, novels and games that takes the listener on a journey through anger, fear, anxiety, momentary relief and back. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 214-768-2787.

8 p.m.

Sing Song

Hosted by Program Council, enjoy an evening of joyful voices and great dance moves make this annual student musical competition a Founders' Day Weekend favorite. Free and open to the public.

Location: McFarlin Auditorium


Saturday, April 18, 2020

9 – 10:30 a.m President's Associates Brunch Celebration Honoring donors who have contributed $1,000 or more to current use funds in support of Pony Power on an annual basis. Enjoy a light bite and drinks with remarks as we celebrate this important drive. By special invitation. Contact Elizabeth Kuhlmann for more information.

Location: George W. Bush Presidential Center
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Meadows Museum Family Day

Explore paintings by Spanish painter Mariano Fortuny (1838–1874), his friends, and the artists he knew and influenced. Enjoy hands-on art activities for tots to teens, a museum-wide scavenger hunt, and healthy snacks. Free and open to the public.


Location: Meadows Museum


11 a.m. SMU Spring Football Practice

Meet and mingle with the coaching team and student-athletes before the game, then watch the exciting Defense vs. Offense face-off. Free and open to the public.


Location: Pettus Field


12:30 – 2 p.m. SMU Student Ring Ceremony

A once-in-a-lifetime tradition for students who have completed 60 or more academic hours.


Location: Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater