Join the celebration: SMU Commencement 2011

John Cornyn

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|

Calendar Highlights: Commencement countdown, May 3, 2011

Graduation candidate carrying the Howard Lantern, Commencement 2010, by Jake DeanThe countdown is on for Commencement 2011 – some major events at a glance:

> 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, the Howard Lantern, passed by the senior class president to a representative of the junior class each year during the Baccalaureate service. Photo from Commencement 2010 by Jake Dean.)

Picnic time: Save the date now for 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.

May 3, 2011|Calendar Highlights|

U.S. Senator John Cornyn to speak at SMU Commencement 2011

john-cornyn.ashx.jpgU.S. Senator John Cornyn will speak at SMU’s 96th Commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14, in Moody Coliseum. SMU expects to award nearly 2,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in the Universitywide ceremony.

Re-elected in 2008 for a second six-year term in the U.S. Senate, Cornyn currently sits on the Senate Armed Services, Finance, Judiciary and Budget committees. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration Refugees and Border Security Subcommittee.

In addition to his legislative committees, Cornyn is chair of the Senate IndiaCaucus, chairman of the Senate Radio Frequency Identification Caucus and vice chair of the Senate Republican Conference Task Force on Hispanic Affairs. He also serves on the Senate Republican High Tech Task Force, the Congressional Oversight Group on Trade and the President’s Export Council.

“Senator Cornyn has been a tremendous leader and public servant for the state of Texas and our nation,” said R. Gerald Turner, SMU president. “In the United States Senate, he addresses some of the most critical issues of our time, among them the federal budget, technology, the military, immigration and border security. He has pioneered legislation to make government records more accessible to thepublic. We are honored that he will address our graduates in this special year for SMU, the 100th anniversary of our founding.”

> Read more from SMU News

April 6, 2011|News|
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