December Graduation

Calendar Highlights: Dec. 5, 2011

SMU J Term 2012 logoThe end of 2011 (and beginning of 2012) at a glance:

  • Dec. 5: Last day of instruction
  • Dec. 6: Reading day
  • Dec. 7-14: Examinations (no exams scheduled for Saturday or Sunday)
  • Dec. 16: The Guildhall at SMU Cohort 14 Exhibition and Graduation, SMU-in-Plano
  • Dec. 17: Last day of term and official date for conferral of degrees
  • Dec. 17: December Graduation Ceremony, 10 a.m., Moody Coliseum
  • Dec. 26, 2011-Jan. 2, 2012: University holidays
  • Jan. 3-12: J Term 2012 at SMU-in-Plano – registration deadline extended through Friday, Dec. 9

Food for Fines continues: The Central University Libraries 2011 Food for Fines drive is on through Friday, Dec. 16. Every donation of a can or package of nonperishable food for the North Texas Food Bank equals a $2 credit toward outstanding library fine assessed from November 2011 onward. The waiver applies to materials from Fondren Library Center, Hamon Arts Library and the ISEM Reading Room and for all SMU faculty, staff and students. Drop off food donations at any of the listed libraries.

Celebration station: President and Mrs. R. Gerald Turner host the 2011 All-University Holiday Party 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

In McFarlin Auditorium:

Dallas Metropolitan Ballet presents 'The Night Before Christmas'Dec. 10-11: The Dallas Metropolitan Ballet presents The Night Before Christmas with guest artists Stephen Hanna and Margaret Severin-Hansen at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tickets are $10-40 – find them online at Ticketmaster.com.

December 2011 brings the festive season at SMU

A scene from SMU's 2010 Celebration of Lights

December 2011 brings a flurry of festivity to the Hilltop, including some of SMU’s most beloved annual traditions. Save the dates for these events:

• On Thursday, Dec. 1, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Advent/Christmas Worship Service in Perkins Chapel with readings and music from Perkins professors, students and alumni at two different times: 4 p.m and 8 p.m. This year’s service will center on Luke 2:10, “And the angel said, ‘Fear not…,'” and will address the nature of fear in our society and how the message of hope offered in the Gospels speaks to our circumstances today. Read more about the 2011 service and see a video from the 2010 service. Video

• The Student Foundation’s 2011 Celebration of Lights begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, on the University’s Main Quad. More than 100,000 decorative lights will fill the trees, luminarias will line the sidewalks, musicians will perform songs of the season, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner will follow a decades-old tradition of reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. Hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies will be served starting at 6:30. Watch slideshows of past Celebration of Lights ceremonies courtesy of SMU News. Photos

Faculty and staff members also have the opportunity to sponsor a child’s campus visit for the celebration. The Student Foundation plans to invite 50 students from Dallas’ César Chávez Learning Center to the Hilltop for the holiday fun. Sponsors or sponsor groups will provide a gift and join the children before the ceremony for cookies, games and other activities. Learn more at Facebook or contact Jordan Kragen of the Student Foundation.

The Guildhall at SMU hosts the Cohort 14 Exhibition and Graduation Friday, Dec. 16, at SMU-in-Plano. Graduating students in art creation, level design and programming will show their work.

• Business and civic leader (and SMU Trustee) Carl Sewell ’66  will give the address at the University’s 2011 December Graduation Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in Moody Coliseum. Retired and current faculty members will assemble for procession no later than 9:45 a.m. in the Blanton Student Services Building lobby. Prior to the ceremony, a faculty breakfast will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the Blanton Building. RSVP online for the faculty breakfast and processional and learn more about the ceremony.

• President and Mrs. R. Gerald Turner will host their annual All-University Holiday Party 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, in the Martha Procter Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

Calendar Highlights: Dec. 6, 2010

The end of 2010 (and beginning of 2011) at a glance:

Dec. 6: Last day of instruction
Dec. 7: Reading day
Dec. 8-15: Examinations (no exams scheduled for Saturday or Sunday)
Dec. 17: Guildhall Fall 2010 Exhibition, SMU-in-Plano
Dec. 18: Last day of term and official date for conferral of degrees
Dec. 18: December Graduation Ceremony, 10 a.m., Moody Coliseum
Dec. 24-31: University holidays
Jan. 4-13: J Term 2011 at SMU-in-Plano

Dallas Metropolitan BalletA fine time to give: SMU’s Central University Libraries continue the 2010 Food for Fines drive through Dec. 17. Every donation of a can or package of nonperishable 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.

Everyone celebrate: SMU President R. Gerald Turner hosts the 2010 All-University Holiday Party at 3:30-5 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

In McFarlin Auditorium:

Dec. 11-12: The Dallas Metropolitan Ballet (right) presents The Night Before Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Find tickets online at the Ticketmaster website.

The holidays arrive on the Hilltop in December

Holiday lights on the Main Quad

December 2010 brings some of SMU’s most beloved annual traditions. Save the dates for these events:

• On Dec. 2, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Christmas Worship Service in Perkins Chapel with readings and music from Perkins professors, students and alumni at two different times: 4 p.m and 8 p.m. Read more about this year’s service.

• The Student Foundation’s 2010 Celebration of Lights begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 on the University’s main quad. More than 100,000 decorative lights will fill the trees, luminarias will line the sidewalks, musicians will perform songs of the season, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner will follow a decades-old tradition of reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. A reception in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons will follow the lighting of the SMU Christmas tree.

• SMU Provost Paul Ludden will give the address at the University’s 2010 December Graduation Ceremony at 10 a.m. Dec. 18 in Moody Coliseum. Faculty members will assemble for procession no later than 9:45 a.m. in the Blanton Student Services Building lobby. Prior to the ceremony, a faculty breakfast will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the Blanton Building. RSVP online.

Calendar Highlights: Dec. 15, 2009

As the days dwindle down to a precious few…some important dates at a glance:

Holiday bells stock artThrough Dec. 17: Examinations
Dec. 18: Guildhall at SMU Fall 2009 Exhibition
Dec. 19: Last day of term and official date for conferral of degrees
Dec. 19: December Graduation Ceremony, 10 a.m., Moody Coliseum
Dec. 21-25: University holidays
Dec. 24: Sheraton Hawaii Bowl – SMU Mustangs vs. Nevada Wolfpack, 7 p.m. CT, ESPN
Jan. 1: University holiday
Jan 5-14: J Term 2010 at SMU-in-Plano

Food for Fines ends Friday: SMU’s Central University Libraries continue the 2009 Food for Fines drive through Dec. 18. Every donation of a can or package of nonperishable 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.

Calendar Highlights: Dec. 8, 2009

The end of 2009 (and beginning of 2010) at a glance:

SMU J-Term 2010 logoDec. 9: Last day of instruction
Dec. 10: Reading day
Dec. 11-17: Examinations (no exams scheduled for Sunday)
Dec. 18: Guildhall at SMU Winter 2009 Exhibition
Dec. 19: Last day of term and official date for conferral of degrees
Dec. 19: December Graduation Ceremony, 10 a.m., Moody Coliseum
Dec. 21-25: University holidays
Jan. 1: University holiday
Jan 5-14: J Term 2010 at SMU-in-Plano

Fine fare: SMU’s Central University Libraries continue the 2009 Food for Fines drive through Dec. 18. Every donation of a can or package of nonperishable 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 Ballet Christmas productionEveryone celebrate: SMU President R. Gerald Turner hosts the 2009 All-University Holiday Party at 3:30-5 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Umphrey Lee Center Ballroom.

In McFarlin Auditorium:

Dec. 12-13: The Dallas Metropolitan Ballet presents The Night Before Christmas at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Buy tickets online, or call 214-631-ARTS (2787) or 817-467-ARTS (2787).

Holiday traditions light up the Hilltop in December

SMU holiday lights

SMU welcomes December 2009 with some of its most beloved annual traditions. Save the dates for these events:

• On Dec. 3, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates the 50th anniversary of Christmas worship services in Perkins Chapel with readings and music from Perkins professors, students and alumni at two different times: 4 p.m and 8 p.m. This year’s theme of the Magnificat will include three specially commissioned choral pieces offering global perspectives on Mary’s canticle from the Gospel of Luke. Read more.

• The Student Foundation’s 2009 Celebration of Lights begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 on the University’s main quad. More than 100,000 decorative lights will fill the trees, luminarias will line the sidewalks, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner will follow a decades-old tradition of reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. A reception in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons will follow the lighting of the SMU Christmas tree.

• SMU presents its 2009 December Graduation Ceremony at 10 a.m. Dec. 19 in Moody Coliseum. Faculty members will assemble for procession no later than 9:45 a.m. in the Blanton Student Services Building lobby. Prior to the ceremony, a faculty breakfast will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the Blanton Building. RSVP online.

University celebrates December Graduation Dec. 13

December Graduation imageThe SMU community will celebrate the graduation of more than 900 students Dec. 13 in Moody Coliseum.

Ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. with a student and faculty procession and are expected to last about two hours. Speakers will include the following:

  • President R. Gerald Turner
  • Carl Sewell (’66), chair of the SMU Board of Trustees
  • Darrell Lafitte (’54), former SMU All-America football player and a recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Dennis Foster, Faculty Senate president and D.D. Frensley Professor of English
  • Student Body President Rob Hayden

“The spirit of community combined with our celebration of the individual makes SMU’s December Graduation Convocation a special time,” President Turner says.

Faculty members will assemble for procession no later than 6:30 p.m. in Classroom One of the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. Prior to the ceremony, a faculty reception will begin at 5:45 p.m. in Classroom One of the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. Faculty members may RSVP online for the reception and Processional.

Find information for students, faculty and guests at the University Registrar’s December Graduation home page.

Calendar Highlights: Dec. 12, 2008

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).

Calendar Highlights: Dec. 5, 2008

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).

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