Graduation Information

Rain Plan: Hooding Ceremony moved to Moody Coliseum at 8:00 p.m.

Unfortunately, because of the weather, our hooding ceremony cannot be held outside on the law quad this evening. Hooding will be held at 8:00 pm in Moody Coliseum.
Graduates: report to the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports at 7:00 pm. Please note that your guests will not be permitted to enter the Dedman Center, so they should proceed directly to Moody Coliseum. Please leave personal belongings with one of your guests. You will not be able to leave any items in the Dedman Center during the ceremony and the building will not be accessible after the event.
Faculty and Family Hooders: report to the Miller Event Center at 7:00 pm. There will be no faculty group photo or family hooder photos.  
Prohibited Items Information: Please be aware that Moody Coliseum has very strict rules about what items may be brought into the venue, and standard-sized purses, backpacks, and camera bags are prohibited. Only small clutches (no larger than 8.5 by 5.5) and clear bags (no larger than 12 by 6 by 12 inches) are permitted. Please click the link below for more information about permitted and prohibited items.
Parking: parking will still be available in the Daniel Parking Center, but you may choose to park in the Moody Parking Center, Binkley Parking Center, or Mustang Parking Center, all of which are closer to the venue. Please note that another ceremony will be ending in Moody Coliseum around 7:15 pm, so parking could be challenging early on. You may want to consider using a ride share service.

2019 Law School Hooding Ceremony

Saturday, May 18, 2019 8:00 p.m.

Moody Coliseum

Commencement Speaker

The Honorable John Creuzot '82
Dallas County District Attorney


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2019!   We are proud of your achievements and so pleased to have you join the thousands of outstanding law school alumni whose careers have taken them to all parts of the world. We know that your hard work here will open many doors to a satisfying career which will benefit you as well as the clients and communities you serve. We know all of you will remember this ceremony for many years to come.

Deadlines before Graduation!

February 21 and February 22, 2019

The main University is hosting a May Commencement 2019 Grad Fair on Thursday, February 21 and Friday, February 22 at the Blanton Building.  The Grad Fair is open to law students, but attendance is not mandatory. At the Grad Fair, you may order rental academic regalia.  You may also purchase announcements and class rings at the fair.  Flash Photography will be taking professional cap and gown photographs for purchase at the Fair.  Note: These are not the photos for the Law School composite (see below).

March 4, 2019

If you did not have a picture taken in the Fall, the final session for composite photographs is March 4.  There is no cost for the sitting, and you may order photos, if you want.

Sessions begin – 9:30 AM

Sessions end – 6:00 PM

Lunch Break – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Each 15-minute slot can accommodate as many as 3 or 4 students.

Location: Carr Collins Hall, student lounge

Graduation Regalia provided

Sign up for appointment times here:

April 2, 2019

1. Regalia for graduate & family hooder must be ordered by April 2, 2019 to arrive in time for graduation.  The cost is $135 each.  Regalia and announcements can be ordered here.   All regalia should be picked up from the SMU Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3060 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, beginning Saturday - one week prior to graduation.  In case the ordering deadline is missed, the Bookstore orders extra regalia.  You must make plans to visit the Bookstore early in the week to have a better option of sizes.

Regalia should look like this:
Law regalia

2. Family Hooders -  A longstanding tradition of SMU Dedman School of Law has been for a family member to participate in their graduate's ceremony as a "Family Hooder."  This is also the deadline to notify Rebekah Bell if you have a family hooder using this form.  Family Hooders MUST be graduates of SMU Dedman School of Law. They may be husband, wife, mother, father, sister, brother, sister-in-law, brother-in-Law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, uncle, aunt, child, cousin, grandparent, step mother, and step father, step brother or step sister.  Note:  You will also need to rent academic regalia for your family hooder(s).

April 16, 2019

The 2019 Graduation Meeting will be held Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at 12:30 p.m. in Karcher Auditorium (will be videotaped).  At this meeting, you will be told everything you need to know about the May main University commencement ceremony, as well as our hooding ceremony.  Prior to the Graduation Meeting, you will receive an email requesting nominations for faculty hooders and student awards which will be voted on during the Graduation Meeting.  Lunch will be provided.

May 17, 2019

The Order of the Coif is a national law school scholastic honor society.  Not more than 10 percent of all graduates may be elected to membership by vote of the faculty.  A Reception honoring recipients of the Order of the Coif will be held Friday, May 17, 2019, (exact time and location TBD).  The students elected to the Order of the Coif will be notified by a letter that will be e-mailed to them no later than the end of the day on Thursday, May 16.


SMU Main Campus Commencement

The SMU main campus graduation ceremonies will take place all day Saturday, May 18, starting with an All-University Commencement Convocation at 9:00 a.m. at Moody Coliseum. Student lineup begins at 7:30 a.m. and the door will close at 8:45 a.m. Law graduates are strongly encouraged to attend. For parking and access to information on the University's commencement ceremonies, click here.

Important - Recently Updated: Because of an unusually large number of students participating in the ALL-UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT CONVOCATION on Saturday morning, May 18, the expected large numbers of audience members, and the strong interest from the public in attending graduation this year, SMU will require that all guests, regardless of age, have a ticket. In early May, candidates will be emailed information on new procedures for guest tickets, and security screening requirements for Moody Coliseum. Visit the main campus May Commencement website for additional information.


48th Annual Law School Hooding of Candidates

The Law School Hooding Ceremony will take place outside in the Law School Quad on Saturday, May 18 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  We strongly encourage your family and friends to arrive early as seating is limited.  No ticket is required for family and friends to attend the outdoor ceremony.  Students who have a Family Hooder will need to arrive at Karcher Auditorium in Storey Hall by 5:15 p.m. for photos with their Family Hooder.  View campus mapAll graduating students must report to the Pit in Underwood Law Library by 5:30 p.m.

NOTE: As the event draws closer, the graduate will need to check email communications regularly in order to confirm start time and/or other essential details regarding the graduation ceremony.  An email will be sent out by 3:00 p.m. the day of the ceremony (May 18) if weather moves the event to Moody Coliseum.



Parking is available at Daniel Parking Center at the northeast corner of Hillcrest and Daniel (enter from Daniel Avenue).  A campus map can be found here.