- Friday, Jan. 16: First day of classes for the 2015 Spring Term
- Monday, Jan. 19: Martin Luther King Day (University closed). SMU celebrates MLK Day of Service 8 a.m.-1 p.m. – learn more at smu.edu/volunteer
- Wednesday, Jan. 21: Spring 2015 General Faculty Meeting
- Monday-Sunday, March 9-15: Spring Break
- Friday, April 3: Good Friday (University closed)
- Monday, April 13: Honors Convocation and Awards Extravaganza
- Friday, April 17: Founders’ Day
- Monday, May 4: Last day of classes for Spring 2015
- Tuesday, May 5: Reading Day
- Wednesday-Tuesday, May 6-12: Final examinations (no exams scheduled on Sunday)
- Friday, May 15: Baccalaureate
- Saturday, May 16: All-University Commencement and school/department diploma ceremonies
The festivities included a Faculty Salute during the annual President’s Briefing, a showcase of faculty expertise as part of Inside SMU Powered by TEDxSMU, and a Centennial Faculty Photograph in Moody Coliseum.
Relive the event in photos and video courtesy of the Founders’ Day Weekend page at SMU News.
They are invited to join Board of Trustees Chair Caren Prothro, President and Mrs. R. Gerald Turner and Provost and Mrs. Paul Ludden for a group photo at 4:30 p.m. in Moody Coliseum. The photo will be used in the University’s official Centennial history; business attire is required. Shuttle transportation will run to Moody Coliseum beginning at 3:45 p.m.
After the photo session, full-time and emeritus faculty members are invited to participate in the Centennial Faculty Reception at 5 p.m. and the President’s Briefing and Centennial Faculty Salute at 6 p.m.
Find more information at smu.edu/rsvp/facultysalute.
SMU celebrates 2014 Founders’ Day Weekend April 10-13 with a new, TEDx-powered edition of its popular academic spotlight events.
Inside SMU Powered by TEDxSMU features SMU faculty members, students and alumni in TED-style talks on topics ranging from the importance of failure to the power of kindness. Registration takes places noon-1 p.m. Friday, April 11, with sessions scheduled 1-5 p.m. that afternoon.
Friday activities also include the 2014 SMU President’s Briefing and Centennial Faculty Salute, in which President R. Gerald Turner presents an insider’s view of the University’s progress.
Saturday, April 12 is Community Day at SMU. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors can participate in special events at Meadows Museum, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, and the Bush Presidential Center Native Texas Park.
Designated as the third Friday in April each year, the day recognizes “the visionary institutions, organizations and individuals that founded the University on April 17, 1911,” according to the SMU 100 website.
The University marked the 100-year anniversary of its founding in 1911 and will mark the centennial of its opening in 1915 during The Second Century Celebration.
> Find a complete schedule at the Founders’ Day Weekend homepage
> Learn more about the SMU Centennial at the Second Century Celebration website
> Relive memories of the first Founders’ Day Weekend with this SMU News video
“Meadows at the Meyerson” gala: SMU Meadows presents their 21st annual benefit concert Wednesday, April 9 at 8 p.m. in the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The concert will feature the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and honor noted arts and civic leader Bess Enloe. The evening includes three Italian-themed works: The Italian Girl in Algiers by Giochino Rossi, Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 and Church Windows (1926) by Ottorino Respighi. Tickets are $15 for faculty, staff and students with proceeds providing scholarships for the Meadows Scholars program. Please call 214-768-2787 for tickets.
Founders’ Day Weekend: SMU will celebrate Founders’ Day Weekend 2014 April 10-13. The celebration is in conjunction of the University’s centennial celebration of the Year of the Faculty, and events have been planned accordingly.
- Thursday, April 10: Founders’ Day Weekend kicks off with the Golden Mustangs Reunion at 10:30 a.m. Classes 1963 and earlier are invited to attend. There is also a Hunt Leadership Scholars 20-year Reunion hosted by President R. Gerald Turner.
- Friday, April 11: Friday’s events revolve around SMU’s campus and outstanding leaders. Highlights include a TEDxSMU event at 1 p.m., SMU President’s Briefing and Centennial Faculty Salute at 6 p.m. and Program Council’s Sing Song at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, April 12: Saturday’s focus is on SMU and the Dallas community. There are open house events at the George W. Bush Presidential Center and Meadows Museum. SMU will also celebrate Earth Day with Barefoot on the Boulevard.
World Music Ensemble: The Meadows World Music Ensemble is having their spring concert on Sunday, April 13 at 8 p.m. The ensemble produces music with exotic instruments and traditional orchestra to create a unique sound. The concert is in the Greer Garson Theatre of Owen Arts Center and is free of charge.