The SMU community will celebrate the graduation of about 950 students at its 2011 December Graduation on Saturday, Dec. 17, with business and civic leader Carl Sewell (’66) as the featured speaker.
Ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. in Moody Coliseum with a student and faculty procession.
“The spirit of community combined with our celebration of the individual is what makes SMU’s December Graduation Convocation a most joyous time,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner and Provost Paul Ludden in a joint message to December graduates.
December Graduation is a formal ceremony open to degree candidates from all of SMU’s schools and professional programs. All participants must wear academic regalia; however, honor ribbons, medals, flowers, decorated mortarboards or other adornments may not be worn during the ceremony. Students without regalia will be directed to the SMU Bookstore to rent a cap and gown.
Doors to the staging area in the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports open at 8:30 a.m., when formal portrait sessions will begin. Processional groups begin forming at 9:15 a.m.
Sewell, past chair of the SMU Board of Trustees, will deliver the graduation address. He is chairman of Sewell Automotive Companies, a national leader in the automotive industry and an innovator in establishing customer service standards. Sewell shared his service philosophy and practices in the best-selling book Customers for Life, which has sold more than 1 million copies in 17 languages.
Among his many commitments to SMU, Sewell serves as one of five co-chairs of The Second Century Campaign, the University’s largest and most successful fundraising effort. He also is co-chair of The Second Century Celebration Organizing Committee, 2011-15. His support of the President’s Scholars program, the University’s highest merit award, has resulted in record numbers of students receiving the scholarships. He also supports SMU athletics and student career services, among other areas.
Sewell has been recognized with SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award and the Cox School of Business Distinguished Alumni Award. He earned his Bachelor’s degrees in banking and finance, as well as in economics, from the University.
The ceremony lasts about two hours. No guest tickets are required, and free parking will be available throughout the campus. Find more information for students and guests at the University Registrar’s December Graduation home page.
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