May 14, 2011
DALLAS (SMU) - Southern Methodist University held 96th annual spring Commencement ceremony Saturday. It include the presentation of about 2,500 degrees, a keynote address by a U.S. senator and the bestowing of a honorary degree upon the former chief justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn was the featured speaker for Commencement. Re-elected in 2008 for a second six-year term in the U.S. Senate, Cornyn currently sits on the Senate Armed Services, Finance, Judiciary and Budget committees. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration Refugees and Border Security Subcommittee. (Read more.)
The Honorable Justice Pius Nkonzo Langa of South Africa received the honorary Doctor of Laws degree during the ceremony. The former Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, he has dedicated his life to supporting human rights and democracy across the globe, and opposing the system of apartheid. (Read more.)
The weekend's activities also included the Baccalaureate service Friday in McFarlin Auditorium. The service was followed by Rotunda Recessional, a tradition in which seniors march through the Rotunda of Dallas Hall, marking the end of their undergraduate years and the beginning of their lifelong association with SMU as alumni.
For more information about Commencement activities, visit the Registrar's Commencement information site.
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