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Reminder: Moody Coliseum clear-bag policy in effect for May Commencement

Clear handbag

An example of the type of bag allowed into Moody Coliseum under gameday safety rules. The clear-bag policy is in effect for May Commencement as well.

As faculty, staff members, students, parents and visitors prepare for SMU’s 102nd May Commencement Convocation, don’t forget that Moody Coliseum’s clear-bag safety policy is in effect for the ceremony and restricts items that may be carried into the venue.

The only bags permitted will be those made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC which do not exceed 12-by-6-by-12 inches, one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc or similar), or small clutch bags (about the size of a hand) with or without a strap. The clutch does not have to be clear and may be carried separately or within an approved plastic bag.

The Office of the Registrar has distributed reminders about the policy to graduating seniors and their families. Items that are medically necessary and do not fit the clear-bag policy will be evaluated individually.

Things that visitors normally carry in pockets can still come into the coliseum in pockets – such as keys and cell phones.

The following items are prohibited from entering Moody Coliseum:

  • Animals (except licensed service animals)
  • Backpacks
  • Banners
  • Binocular cases
  • Briefcases
  • Camera bags
  • Cans
  • Cinch bags
  • Computer bags
  • Coolers
  • Diaper bags
  • Fanny packs
  • Firearms
  • Flags
  • Glass bottles
  • Guns
  • Inflated balloons
  • Knives of any size and type
  • Laser pointers
  • Luggage
  • Noisemakers
  • Purses larger than a small clutch
  • Radios
  • Seat cushions with zippers, pockets or compartments
  • Selfie sticks
  • Signs
  • Stun guns
  • Throwing objects
  • Umbrellas (unless threat of rain or raining)
  • Weapons

> Find more information on guest security, prohibited items and May Commencement

SMU ready to celebrate at 2016 May Commencement Convocation

SMU Class of 2016

SMU observes its 101st Commencement May 13-14, 2016 with events for students, faculty, alumni and the entire community.

Technology and civic leaders, and SMU parents, Richard and Mary Templeton will speak at the all-University ceremony at 9:30 a.m. May 14 in Moody Coliseum. The University expects to award nearly 2,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.

Cancer prevention pioneer and global health leader Dr. Groesbeck Parham will receive an SMU Doctor of Science honoris causa during the ceremony.

Some major events at a glance:

> Learn more about Richard and Mary Templeton
> Find times, locations and other details on school and department diploma ceremonies
> Find ceremony information and student stories at SMU News
> Visit the Registrar’s May Commencement Convocation homepage

2011 Honors Day Convocation moves to April 11

SMU’s 14th Annual Honors Day Convocation, originally scheduled for Monday, April 18, has been moved to Monday, April 11 at 5:30 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium, according to an e-mail sent Thursday, Feb. 17 by University Registrar John Hall.

The date has been changed to reflect the 2011 Passover observance April 19-26. The holiday begins at sunset April 18.

Students being recognized at the Honors Day Convocation will be notified in late March. The entire University community is encouraged to attend the ceremony.

Time to celebrate: Commencement 2010 at a glance

Candidate assembly, SMU Commencement 2009.jpg

SMU observes its 95th Commencement May 14-15 with events for students, faculty, alumni and the entire community.

U.S. Trade Representative and former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk will speak at the all-University ceremony at 9:30 a.m. May 15 in Moody Coliseum. The University expects to award nearly 2,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.

Some major events at a glance:

  • May 14-15 – Class of 1960 Golden Reunion
  • May 14 – Honorary Degree Symposia honoring Jorie Graham, Karinna Moskalenko and Saul Perlmutter
  • May 14 – Baccalaureate, featuring an address by University Chaplain Stephen Rankin, and Rotunda Recessional
  • May 15 – Faculty Breakfast and Distinguished University Citizen Awards presentation
  • May 15 – All-University Commencement
  • May 15 – School diploma presentations

> Learn more about Ron Kirk
> Find times and locations for the 2010 Honorary Degree Symposia
> See who’s speaking at the school and department diploma ceremonies
> Read student stories from SMU News
> Visit the Registrar’s May Commencement homepage

Calendar Highlights: Commencement Week, May 11, 2010

SMU Baccalaureate 2009Save the date: Make plans now for the 2010 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic. The annual celebration takes place 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 20 on the south lawn of Clements Hall.

Commencement Countdown 2010:

May 14-15: Class of 1960 Golden Reunion
May 14: 2010 Honorary Degree Symposia
May 14: Baccalaureate and Rotunda Recessional
May 15: Faculty Breakfast and Distinguished University Citizen Awards presentation
May 15: All-University Commencement
May 15: School and departmental diploma ceremonies

> Visit the Registrar’s Commencement 2010 website
> Read more about U.S. Trade Representative and former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, SMU’s 2010 Commencement speaker

Pres. Turner to become first member of new honors chapter

Tau Sigma National Honor Society logoSMU President R. Gerald Turner will be a special guest – and the honorary first member – at the charter and inaugural induction ceremony of SMU’s Gamma Beta Chapter of Tau Sigma National Honor Society. The celebration takes place at 4 p.m. April 22 in Conference Rooms 108 and 110, Blanton Student Services Building.

The ceremony will establish the honor society’s SMU chapter, as well as recognize the academic excellence that students have exemplified in their first semesters after transferring to the University, says Registrar John Hall.

Tau Sigma was founded specifically to “recognize and promote the academic excellence and involvement of transfer students,” according to the honor society’s website.

President Turner is SMU’s most prominent transfer student – during his college years, he received an Associate of Arts degree from Lubbock Christian University before transferring to Abilene Christian University. Upon his induction as an honorary member, he will become SMU’s first chapter member. Forty-one current University transfer students will join him as the chapter’s inaugural class.

Nancy Skochdopole, director of the Registrar’s Office of Transfer and Transition Services, initiated the chapter’s founding to help enhance and solidify all aspects of the transfer experience.

> Visit the Office of the Registrar online

Four staff members receive 2008-09 Presidential Awards

presidential-staff-awards-2009-300.jpgFour exceptional SMU staff members received 2008-09 Presidential Staff Recognition Awards at a May 21 ceremony in the Dallas Hall Rotunda. The honors recognize individuals who have shown outstanding performance, commitment, and ability.

This year’s recipients:

Gretchen Voight, assistant registrar for academic ceremonies, received the Presidential Award for New Employee Excellence, given to an individual who has been with SMU for one to three consecutive years.

Brook Benton Jimenez, assistant director of fitness in the Department of Recreational Sports, Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports, received the Presidential Award for Continuing Excellence, given to an individual who has been with the University for four or more consecutive years.

Joe Gargiulo, chief information officer for Information Technology, received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Leadership, given to a staff member who supervises one or more benefit-eligible employees and who “demonstrates exceptional leadership ability within his or her unit or across the University.”

Amber Kosik, director of SMU’s Hilltop Scholars Community in Perkins and Smith Halls, Residence Life and Student Housing, received the Presidential Award for Innovation, given to a staff member whose “creative, innovative ideas … significantly improve a work process or system or greatly increase the efficiency of an operation or unit.”

Read more about the winners at the Staff Association homepage.

Right, 2008-09 Presidential Award for Staff Excellence winners (left to right): Amber Kosik, Brook Benton Jimenez, Joe Gargiulo and Gretchen Voight.