2019 Law School Hooding Ceremony
Saturday, May 18, 2018 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Law School Quad
Commencement Speaker: TBA
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: http://www.universityphoto.com/PortraitScheduling/Search?OccasionRef=136598
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.
April 2, 2019
Regalia should look like this:
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 map. All 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.
Live Stream Graduation Video Footage
This year’s hooding ceremony will be streamed live from a Dedman Law YouTube account. The link will be available on the page at http://law.smu.edu/graduation by 6:30 p.m. on graduation day. Feel free to share with family and friends! The live stream will be available only if weather permits us to hold the hooding ceremony in the law quad. In the event of inclement weather or technical difficulties, a digital file of the entire hooding ceremony will be available for viewing next week.The 2019 law school hooding ceremony video will be posted online after the ceremony.
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.