December Graduation 2007Fall 2008 finals and the holiday break are almost here – important end-of-term dates at a glance:

Dec. 5: Last day of instruction, last exam day for December graduate degree candidates
Dec. 8-13: Fall 2008 finals
Dec. 13: Last day of term and official date for conferral of degrees
Dec. 13: December Graduation Ceremony, 7 p.m., Moody Coliseum
Dec. 13: Guildhall Cohort 9 Graduation with commencement speaker Ken Levine (BioShock), 2:30 p.m., Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center

Honoring Will Finnin: Vice President of Student Affairs Lori White hosts a reception honoring retiring SMU Chaplain Will Finnin 4-6 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Taubman Atrium, Owen Arts Center. Remarks at 4:15.

Holiday happening: The SMU Staff Association presents its 2008 Holiday Luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 11 in Taubman Atrium, Owen Arts Center. The event will include a canned food drive to benefit the North Texas Food Bank. Lunch is $13 per person; RSVP to the Staff Association by Dec. 8.

Contemporary Ballet DallasIn McFarlin Auditorium:

Dec. 6: Contemporary Ballet Dallas (bottom right) presents Boogie Woogie Christmas Carol at 7:30 p.m. Buy tickets online or call 214-821-2066.

Dec. 13-14: Dallas Metropolitan Ballet presents The Night Before Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Buy tickets online, or call 214-631-ARTS (2787) or 817-467-ARTS (2787).