Parking and security

Campus event parking instructions and security policies for academic ceremonies.


Candidates and guests attending Commencement activities at SMU may park in any of the University’s parking facilities:


Parking Services


Security screening is required for all candidates and guests entering Moody Coliseum. Candidates and guests will be screened with a hand wand or metal detector; all bags will be checked.

For guests, all bags must be clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and may not exceed 12x6x12 inches. Bags may be one-gallon clear plastic resealable storage bags. Small clutch purses with or without straps, no larger than 8.5x5.5 inches, are permitted. The clutch does not have to be clear and may be carried separately or within an approved plastic bag. Items that are medically necessary are evaluated individually.

Candidates are not allowed to bring clear bags, food or drinks into Moody Coliseum. A small clutch is permissible.

Items allowed and not allowed in graduation ceremonies

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, animals (except service animals); backpacks; balloons; banners; binocular cases; briefcases; camera bags; cans; cinch bags; computer bags; coolers; diaper bags; fanny packs; firearms; flags; glass items; guns; inflated balloons; knives of any size and type; laser pointers; luggage; noisemakers; purses larger than a small clutch; radios; seat cushions with zippers, pockets or compartments; selfie sticks; signs; stun guns; throwing objects; umbrellas (unless threat of rain or raining); and weapons.

No outside food or drink is permitted in Moody Coliseum.


Guests with limited mobility may use the following lots with a current state-issued disabled parking placard and/or license.

  • Opening Convocation: Behind McFarlin Auditorium in the M Lot.
  • December and May Commencement: Second level of Binkley Parking Center (space is limited).
  • Baccalaureate: Behind McFarlin Auditorium in the M Lot.
  • Honors Convocation: Behind McFarlin Auditorium in M Lot
  • Rotunda Passage: Behind McFarlin Auditorium in M Lot

Please note that mobility-impaired seating is limited. Guests seated in the mobility-impaired seating area are allowed one attendant to accompany them.

Please contact 214-768-6477 or with questions regarding guests with mobility or sensory impairments.