25 Photos from the 2017 SMU Meadows Commencement Ceremonies Guaranteed to Make You Smile

Scenes from the spring 2017 Meadows diploma presentation ceremony. (All photos by Kim Leeson)
Scenes from the spring 2017 Meadows diploma presentation ceremony. (All photos by Kim Leeson)

As faculty and staff at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, one of the happiest days in our year is Commencement. It’s a feeling of unbridled accomplishment and joy, unmatched by events that have unfolded before it. On a balmy day, we sit in the grass of the Boulevard, and hear the inspiring words from our Dean Holland–like “arts and communication inform, uplift and challenge”–and our friends and family cheer as we walk the stage.

“You directed, wrote, choreographed, and practiced, practiced, practiced. You’ve earned this degree,” said Dean Sam Holland at the 2017 graduation ceremonies. In honor, we present our favorite photos–the ones that will make us smile forever–from photographer Kim Leeson below.

Professor of Dance Danny Buraczeski was given the Distinguished Professor of the Year award.
Professor of Dance Danny Buraczeski was given the Distinguished Professor of the Year award.

 

On the day before graduation, the 2017 Baccalaureate services.
On the day before graduation, the 2017 Baccalaureate services.
On the day before graduation, the 2017 Baccalaureate services.
On the day before graduation, the 2017 Baccalaureate services.