The end of 2008 (and beginning of 2009) at a glance:

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 (creator of BioShock), 2:30 p.m., Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center
Dec. 22-26: University holidays
Jan. 1-2: University holidays

Pay it forward: SMU’s Central University Libraries continue the 2008 Food for Fines drive through Dec. 15. Every donation of a can or package of non-perishable food for the North Texas Food Bank equals a $2 credit toward outstanding library fines for SMU faculty, staff and students. The waiver applies to materials from Fondren Library Center, Hamon Arts Library, and the ISEM Reading Room – drop off food donations at any of these libraries.

Dallas Metropolitan BalletCelebrate the season: SMU President R. Gerald Turner hosts the 2008 All-University Holiday Party at 3:30-5 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Umphrey Lee Ballroom.

In McFarlin Auditorium:

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).