Commencement / Hooding

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2018 Law School Hooding Ceremony

Saturday, May 19, 2018 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Law School quad

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2018! 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 strongly encourage your family and friends to arrive early as seating is limited. We know all of you will remember this ceremony for many years to come.

NOTE:  This year’s hooding ceremony will be streamed live from a Dedman Law YouTube account. The link will be available on the page at 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.

Days before Graduation!

The 2018 Graduation Meeting will be Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. (will be videotaped).  Lunch will be provided.
Ordering Regalia and Announcements

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.  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

The Order of the Coif Reception

The Order of the Coif is a national law-school scholastic honor society.  Not more than 10 percent of all graduates during the academic year 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 18, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. in Karcher Auditorium.  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 17.


Candidates for the J.D. Degree having superior grades may, by vote of the faculty, be awarded the degree of cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude. The minimum grade averages for Honors are:

Cum Laude - 3.2
Magna Cum Laude - 3.6
Summa Cum Laude - 3.8

NOTE:  Those graduates who receive honors will receive a plain diploma (without honors listed) during the Law School Hooding Ceremony.  A new diploma with honors listed will be mailed to the graduate after graduation.  Graduates should make sure their home address is correct in my.SMU.
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." Family Hooders must be graduates/alumni of SMU Dedman School of Law and be related to the graduate. Click here to fill out the family hooder form and for more details.


SMU Main Campus Commencement
The SMU main campus graduation ceremonies will take place all day Saturday, May 19, 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 not required to attend, but it is strongly encouraged. For parking and access 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 19, 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.
Law School Hooding Ceremony
Date:  Saturday, May 19, 2018 6:30 PM   to   Saturday, May 19, 2018 8:30 PM

Location:  Law School Quad
(In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at Moody Coliseum at 8:00 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 19) if weather moves the event to Moody Coliseum.

A campus map can be found here.
Law School Hooding Ceremony
  • Law School Hooding Address: Michael M. Boone '67, Partner and Co-Founder of Haynes and Boone, LLP.
  • Students with family hooders need to first go to Karcher Auditorium in Storey Hall with their family hooder by 5:15 p.m. for a picture. View campus map.
  • For official Graduation Procedures, click here.
  • Graduates must report to the pit in Underwood Law Library by 5:30 p.m. Note that the ground in the Quad could be soggy; so please select appropriate footwear.
  • No ticket is required for family and friends to attend the outdoor law school hooding ceremony.
Graduation Video Footage
The 2018 law school hooding ceremony video will be posted online after the ceremony. 
Parking available at law school parking garage at the northeast corner of Hillcrest and Daniel (enter from Daniel), or wherever available. A campus map can be found here.