Graduation Information

Congratulations to the Class of 2024!

SMU Dedman School of Law Hooding Ceremony
Moody Coliseum, SMU Campus
Friday, May 10, 2024
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.


We are excited to celebrate our students' tremendous accomplishments at the SMU Dedman School of Law Hooding Ceremony. Important information about the hooding ceremony and related events can be found on this page:

Livestream: Watch the livestream of SMU Dedman School of Law’s Graduation Ceremony on Friday, May 10 beginning at 12:00 p.m.

Regalia: You may order your Academic Regalia online now. The deadline to place your order is Monday, April 15, 2024. Your order will be sent to your home address. Please select “Law Degrees” on the online form under Cap and Gown. At a minimum, you must order the Graduation Regalia for $171, which includes a tam, gown, tassel, and hood (purple). There are also a number of packages available with announcements and thank you notes. If you or your family hooder do not receive your regalia in early May, or receive an incorrect item, go to the bookstore (3060 Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75205) immediately to get a replacement.

Students should wear their robe and tam to the Dedman Center when they report on the day of graduation. They will carry their hood into the ceremony. Watch the video to learn more and see how regalia is to be worn. You will be standing and walking from one building to another, so make sure you wear comfortable footwear.

Law regalia

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. They can be a husband, wife, mother, father, sister, brother, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, father-in-law, uncle, aunt, child, cousin, grandparent, stepmother, stepfather, stepbrother or stepsister. See Family Hooder Information Form. Family hooders should report to the Miller Event Center by 10:30 a.m. on the day of graduation.

Hooding Ceremony: The law school’s Hooding Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 10 at 12:00 p.m. in Moody Coliseum. Please be aware of the Clear Bag Policy for Moody Coliseum. Please note also there will be no strollers or child car seats permitted in Moody. 

Guests:  Tickets are not required and there is no limit to the number of guests a student may bring.


Thursday, May 9 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Cocktail Reception for graduates and their families at Union Station
Thursday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m.: The law school's tempietto will be decorated with flowers and available for students to take graduation pictures. The flowers will remain in place through Saturday, May 11 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, May 10 at 10:30 a.m.:  Graduates arrive in the Dedman Center wearing their regalia.
Friday, May 10 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.: Law School Hooding Ceremony in Moody Coliseum. The ceremony typically lasts about two hours. The ceremony will be live-streamed for family and friends that cannot attend.
Saturday, May 11 at 8:30 a.m.: All-University Commencement in Moody Coliseum. Attendance is optional. This is a wonderful ceremony that is well worth attending. Candidate and guest tickets (limit of 2) are required for this event. Students may request tickets beginning Tuesday, April 23 at 9:30 a.m..

Parking: All parking garages and lots are available during graduation, and an SMU permit is not required. The closest garages are the Binkley Parking Center and the Moody Parking Center.

Questions: Please email with any additional questions.