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Commencement Traditions: The Ceremonies, Regalia and Symbols

Commencement Weekend at SMU is a mixture of time-honored practice and modern refinements, from the custom regalia to the Rotunda Recessional. Here is a roundup of the traditions and symbols that make up the University’s 21st-century approach to these ancient … Continue reading

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SMU Dedicates New Residential Commons Complex

SMU dedicated its new Residential Commons complex May 9, enabling all first-year and sophomore students to live on campus and launching the Residential Commons model campus-wide. The $146 million complex is the largest capital project in SMU’s history, part of … Continue reading

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to Deliver Commencement Address

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will deliver the address at SMU’s 99th all-University Commencement. The ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 17, in Moody Coliseum. The ceremony, including Rawlings’ address, will be broadcast live at Elected mayor in June 2011, Rawlings immediately … Continue reading

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SMU Supports National Effort on Sexual Misconduct Prevention

The U.S. Department of Education announced May 1 that procedures regarding sexual misconduct and harassment are being examined at 55 higher education institutions. (Read the announcement.) The University announced in a statement that: “SMU applauds the U.S. Department of Education’s efforts … Continue reading

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Final Exam Tips from SMU Learning Experts

A semester’s end brings final exams, projects and often stress to students. SMU’s learning specialists say that if students plan accordingly for the last stretch of the semester, success comes more easily and with less stress. Final exams this year … Continue reading

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SMU Summer Studies Offers Options in Dallas, Taos and Abroad

Offering more than 400 courses, SMU Summer Studies allows students to make progress on their degrees, change or add majors or minors, and add value to their education with smaller courses that cost less than regular-term courses. The schedule includes: MayTerm … Continue reading

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SMU Hails Outstanding Achievement

SMU students, faculty, staff and administrators were recognized with  service honors, teaching awards and the University’s highest commendation, the “M” Award, at the 2014 Awards Extravaganza Monday, April 21. On the same day, the University honored its best students at the 17th Honors … Continue reading

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Three Cheers: SMU Honors Day 2014 is Monday, April 21

Every third Monday in April, SMU takes a day to celebrate the high achievements of students, faculty and staff members in two different ceremonies. This year’s Honors Convocation and Awards Extravaganza take place on the afternoon and evening of Monday, April 21, 2014. > 2014 … Continue reading

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SMU Junior Awarded Prestigious Truman Scholarship

SMU junior Rahfin Faruk has been named a 2014 Truman Scholar. The prestigious and highly competitive national scholarship recognizes college students who are “change agents,” with outstanding leadership potential and a commitment to public service careers. Faruk was one of … Continue reading

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Founders’ Day Weekend Celebrates Year of the Faculty

SMU’s Founders’ Day Weekend, April 10-13, shined a spotlight on the University’s faculty as the centennial celebration of the Year of the Faculty gains momentum on the Hilltop. Faculty salute SMU President R. Gerald Turner honored the University’s faculty during … Continue reading

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