SMU prepares for 2013 Commencement May 17-18

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SMU prepares for 2013 Commencement May 17-18

Baccalaureate 2012 photo by Guy Rogers III

SMU observes its 98th Commencement May 17-18 with events for students, faculty, alumni and the entire community.

Former U.S. Senator from Texas Kay Bailey Hutchison will speak at the all-University ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 18, to be held on the University’s historic Main Quad. She will also receive an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from the University in recognition of her distinguished career in public service and support of higher education, especially in the areas of science and engineering. SMU expects to award approximately 1,500 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.

The ceremony will be simulcast live at smu.edu/livevideo

Follow SMU’s 98th Commencement weekend on Twitter at #SMUgrad2013

In 1993, Hutchison became the first woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate. She was re-elected three times. She also joined Margaret Chase Smith as one of only two women in Senate history to be elected to Republican leadership. As Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, she was the fourth-highest ranking Republican senator.

Hutchison served as the Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice and Science. She also chaired the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee and served on Defense Appropriations for 16 years.

Throughout her career in the U.S. Senate, Hutchison worked to improve and expand higher education opportunities for students. She has championed advancements in science, technology, engineering and math education and helped thousands of Texans earn college degrees who could not have otherwise gained access to higher education. Through her efforts, research at Texas universities has grown to make the state among the top three for university research in the nation.

Hutchison’s efforts also helped bring more than $20 million in federal funds for research projects to SMU. Some of the projects that have been funded through her efforts include the Infinity Project, a math- and science-based engineering and technology education initiative; various NASA and national defense projects; high-tech visual equipment development; and biotechnology projects. In addition to science, technology, engineering and math projects, Hutchison has established the Ray and Kay Bailey Hutchison Scholarship at SMU’s Dedman School of Law and the Hutchison Legal Resource Learning Center.

Read more about Kay Bailey Hutchison from SMU News

The University will also confer honorary degrees upon four other individuals in recognition of distinguished contributions in their fields:

  • James Robert (Bob) Biard will receive the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, for his outstanding contributions in the field of optoelectronics. Biard received the world’s first patent for the light-emitting diode (LED) during his career with Texas Instruments.
  • Swanee Hunt will receive the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, for her efforts toward world peace and gender parity. Hunt, former U.S. ambassador to Austria, is founder and president of the Institute for Inclusive Security, which trains women peace builders around the globe.
  • Francis Christopher Oakley will receive the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, for his distinguished contributions to higher education as a scholar and administrator. Oakley is the Edward Dorr Griffin Professor of the History of Ideas and president emeritus of Williams College, where he led establishment of the tutorial form of instruction.
  • Bryan A. Stevenson will receive the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, for his efforts to achieve social equity through criminal justice reform. Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, which provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair treatment in the legal system.

Read more about the 2013 honorary degree recipients

In addition, nine retiring faculty members will be recognized during Saturday’s Commencement Convocation:

  • William Beauchamp, associate professor of French, Dedman College
  • David Blackwell, William B. Hamilton Chair in Earth Sciences, Dedman College
  • Robert C. Davis, associate professor of mathematics, Dedman College
  • Margaret (Maggie) H. Dunham, professor of computer science and engineering, Lyle School of Engineering
  • Charles (Charley) Helfert, associate professor of theatre, Meadows School of the Arts
  • Robin W. Lovin, Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics and former dean of Perkins School of Theology
  • Bijan Mohraz, professor of civil and environmental engineering, Lyle School of Engineering.
  • Laurence (Larry) Scholder, professor of art, Meadows School of the Arts
  • Linda Brewster Stearns, professor of sociology, Dedman College

The weekend’s activities include the Baccalaureate service Friday, May 17, in McFarlin Auditorium. The service will be followed by Rotunda Recessional, a tradition in which seniors march through the Rotunda of Dallas Hall, marking the end of their undergraduate years and the beginning of their lifelong association with SMU as alumni.

More information at the SMU Registrar’s Commencement homepage

Some major events at a glance:

(Above, photo from Baccalaureate 2012 by Guy Rogers III.)

May 14, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

SMU prepares for 2012 Commencement May 11-12

SMU Commencement 2011 banner bearers, photo by Jake Dean

SMU observes its 97th Commencement May 11-12 with events for students, faculty, alumni and the entire community.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will speak at the all-University ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12 in Moody Coliseum and will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University. SMU expects to award approximately 2,100 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.

> Follow SMU’s 97th Commencement weekend on Twitter at #SMUgrad2012

Dr. Rice has achieved prominence in both government service and higher education. She currently holds three positions at Stanford University: professor of political economy in the Graduate School of Business, Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, and professor of political science.

Rice earned her Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Denver, a Master’s from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Her academic career began in 1981 when she joined the Stanford faculty. A dedicated teacher, she has received two of the university’s highest teaching awards. She rose through the faculty ranks to serve as Stanford provost from 1993-99, the first woman and first African American to hold that position.

Rice served for two years on the National Security Council staff under President George H.W. Bush. She was the president’s special assistant for national security affairs during the dissolution of the Soviet Union and reunification of Germany. She served on the staff of President George W. Bush as national security adviser from 2001-05. She then served from 2005-09 as the nation’s 66th secretary of state, the second woman and the first African American woman to hold the post.

Rice currently serves as chair of the Board of Advisers of the Bush Institute, part of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the SMU campus.

> Read more about Condoleezza Rice from SMU News

During the Commencement ceremony, SMU will also confer an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree upon Nancy Cartwright, considered one of the most important and influential contemporary philosophers of science.

Cartwright is a professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics. The author of seven books, she has produced path-breaking work on issues such as the nature of physical laws, causation and scientific reasoning. She is a pioneer of today’s practice-based philosophy of science and helped develop the philosophy of social policy, economics, sociology, medicine, epidemiology and political science.

Cartwright is a Fellow of the British Academy and a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) and a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

> Read more about Nancy Cartwright from SMU News

The weekend’s activities include the Baccalaureate service Friday, May 11, in McFarlin Auditorium. The service will be followed by Rotunda Recessional, a tradition in which seniors march through the Rotunda of Dallas Hall, marking the end of their undergraduate years and the beginning of their lifelong association with SMU as alumni.

More information at the SMU Registrar’s Commencement homepage

Some major events at a glance:

(Above, banner bearers from SMU’s individual schools and colleges gather prior to the all-University Commencement Convocation. Photo from Commencement 2011 by Jake Dean.)

May 7, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

Calendar Highlights: Commencement countdown 2012

Photo by Guy Rogers of SMU seniors in McFarlin Auditorium during the 2011 Baccalaureate serviceThe entire SMU community is preparing for Commencement 2012. Some major events at a glance:

Learn more at the Registrar’s Commencement 2012 website
RSVP online for the Faculty Breakfast and Processional
More about former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the 2012 Commencement speaker

(Right, SMU seniors file into McFarlin Auditorium for the Baccalaureate service. Photo from Commencement 2011 by Guy Rogers.)

Picnic time: Save the date now for the 2012 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic. The annual celebration takes place Wednesday, May 23, rain or shine. Stay up-to-date on picnic plans at the Staff Association website.

May 2, 2012|Calendar Highlights, Save the Date|

Join the celebration: SMU Commencement 2011

SMU Commencement 2010 school standards photo by Jake Dean

SMU observes its 96th Commencement May 13-14 with events for students, faculty, alumni and the entire community.

U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas will speak at the all-University ceremony at 9:30 a.m. May 14 in Moody Coliseum. The University expects to award undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees to more than 2,100 students.

Some major events at a glance:

May 12Honorary Degree Symposium on the Constitutional Court of South Africa honoring Justice Pius Nkonzo Langa, 5 p.m., 201 Florence Hall, Law Quad
May 13 – Class of 2011 Group Photo, 6:30 p.m., Main Quad (full academic regalia)
May 13-14Class of 1961 Golden Reunion, various times and locations
May 13Baccalaureate followed by Rotunda Recessional, 8 p.m., McFarlin Auditorium
May 14Faculty Breakfast and Distinguished University Citizen Awards presentation
May 14All-University Commencement, 9:30 a.m., Moody Coliseum
May 14Commencement Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., RFoC @ Lee, Umphrey Lee Center
May 14School diploma presentations, various times and locations

> RSVP online for the Faculty Breakfast and Processional
> Learn more about Sen. John Cornyn
> Find highlights from the SMU visit of the Dalai Lama, 2011 honorary Doctor of Humane Letters recipient
> Visit the Registrar’s May Commencement homepage at smu.edu/commencement

(Above, the school standard bearers from SMU Commencement 2010. Photo by Jake Dean.)

May 10, 2011|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

Calendar Highlights: Commencement Week, May 10, 2011

Commencement 2010 assembly photo by Hillsman S. JacksonSave the date: Make plans to attend the 2011 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic. The annual celebration takes place 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, rain or shine. Stay up-to-date on picnic plans at the Staff Association website.

Catch them while you can: Make plans to visit these SMU exhibitions before they close:

Commencement Countdown 2011:

> Learn more at the Registrar’s Commencement 2011 website
> RSVP online for the Faculty Breakfast and Processional
> Read more about U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the 2011 Commencement speaker

(Right, participants assemble for Commencement 2010. Photo by Hillsman S. Jackson.)

May 10, 2011|Calendar Highlights|
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