SMU Rotunda Passage

Rotunda Recessional

Rotunda Recessional is a tradition symbolizing a student’s formal completion of their Rotunda Passage, a journey that begins the day before their first class at SMU and concludes after Baccalaureate during Commencement Weekend.

Each year, we ask alumni family members and SMU faculty and staff parents of graduating seniors to serve as alumni marshals or faculty and staff parent marshals during the Rotunda Recessional.

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Schedule of Events

3:30 p.m. Check-in, robing of alumni parents and reception inside Dallas Hall
4:15 p.m.
Official welcome and parent/student legacy photo
4:25 p.m.
Students are excused for Baccalaureate seating
4:45 p.m.
Parent marshals are escorted to McFarlin Auditorium
5 p.m.
Baccalaureate begins
5:50 p.m.
Parent marshals exit McFarlin Auditorium for Rotunda Recessional
6 p.m.
Rotunda Recessional begins
6:15 p.m.
Recessional concludes, marshals return robes to Dallas Hall


Please contact Alumni Relations Administrative and Event Assistant Cherlyn Haynes at with any questions.

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