commencement2010-32.jpg SMU honored new graduates Commencement Weekend, May 14-15, awarding nearly 2,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.

Principal speaker for the 95th University-wide Commencement was United States Trade Representative and former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk.

“Go work hard at your career, whatever it may be,” Kirk told the graduates. “Raise the best family that you can, with smart, educated kids. Improve your community, whether those are the neighbors on your street, the people in your town, or the citizens of the world.” (Read the full text of his prepared remarks.)

Honorary degrees were awarded to Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham, University of California-Berkeley physicist Saul Perlmutter and Russian human rights lawyer Karinna Akopovna Moskalenko.

Read more from SMU News, and view videos and slideshows.

• Watch U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk’s Commencement Address. video
Scenes from Baccalaureate, May 14, 2010. slide show
Scenes from Commencement, May 15, 2010. slide show
Scenes from Individual School Ceremonies, May 15, 2010. slide show