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Fall Commencement set for Dec. 20

Father, Daughter Share Same Path

On Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, Lisa Walters will earn an undergraduate degree in human rights from SMU and follow in the social justice path of her father, SMU Assistant Chief of Police Jim Walters. 

Lisa is joining the U.S. Peace Corps and will work for two years in Mali, Africa, as a business development volunteer. Her father started off his career in Africa after being assigned there on a U.S. Air Force peacekeeping mission to the Congo. 

During Lisa’s years at SMU, Lisa and her father worked together on projects aimed at combatting human trafficking thanks to SMU’s unique relationship with the U.S. Department of Justice. 

December 16, 2014

DALLAS (SMU) –More than 600 students from SMU's seven schools will graduate at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, at the December Commencement ceremony in Moody Coliseum. 

Gerald J. Ford
Gerald J. Ford

Business leader Gerald J. Ford, an alumnus and member of the SMU Board of Trustees, will deliver the commencement address. Ford is chairman of the board and the principal shareholder of both the Diamond A Ford Corporation and Hilltop Holdings Inc., a Texas-based diversified financial holding company. He also is the co-managing member and principal investor in Ford Financial Fund II LP, a private equity firm.

At the ceremony, students and faculty in academic regalia will enter Moody Coliseum with their respective schools, accompanied by music and applause from proud families. Each graduate will be individually recognized. 

For those who cannot attend, the ceremony will be live-streamed at 10 a.m.

Ford earned a B.A. degree in economics from SMU in 1966 and earned his J.D. degree from Dedman School of Law in 1969. He is former chair of the SMU Board of Trustees and a member of the Executive Board of Dedman School of Law, a member of the Campaign Leadership Council and currently is the convening co-chair of SMU’s Second Century Campaign. He is a past member of the executive boards of Cox School of Business and Dedman College and of the Board of Directors of John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies.

For more information about December Commencement is available online

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