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SMU celebrates historic 100th May Commencement

SMU observed its historic 100th May Commencement on May 16 with George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, delivering the principal address.

“You are graduating from a great university,” Bush told the graduates, their families and friends gathered in Moody Coliseum and watching simulcasts and over the Internet. “Your SMU degree will open the door to a wide variety of career options. Millions will never have had this opportunity. SMU has laid a foundation so you can reason, and continue to learn throughout your life. It has given you the tools to be productive citizens.”

This was the second time President Bush had spoken at SMU Commencement (the first was in 1999) but the first such address delivered since leaving the White House.

“To those of you who are graduating this afternoon with high honors, awards, and distinctions, I say, ‘well done,’ ” Bush continued. “And as I like to tell the ‘C’ students: You, too, can be President.”

He told the graduates, “You will learn that who you are is more important than what you have,” and reminded them that “to worship who and how we want, or not to worship, is one of our founding principles.”

The graduates will be called upon at some point in their lives to serve something greater than themselves, and they should face the future by being optimistic and hopeful, he said.

“I believe that the Almighty’s grace and unconditional love will sustain you. I believe it will bring you joy amidst the trials of life. It will enable you to better see the beauty around you. It will provide a solid foundation amidst a rapidly changing, somewhat impersonal, technologically-driven world. It will show you how to love your neighbor, forgive more easily, and approach success with humility — and failure without fear,” he said.

SMU awarded more than 2,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.

SMU conferred honorary degrees upon anthropologist Meave Leakey, U.S.-Japan Council President Irene Hirano Inouye and donor-activist Helen LaKelly Hunt during the Commencement ceremony. It hosted academic symposia in their honor on Friday, May 15.

Diploma presentation ceremonies were held by individual schools.

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Mustang Minute: Peruna Paint Project

SMU students and alumni took time for their community as part of the Peruna Paint Project at Dallas’ Lee A. McShan Elementary School on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

The ongoing project – in which University community members paint colorful murals using SMU themes – was created to encourage local elementary- and secondary-school students to think about college and to inspire them toward future opportunities.

Click the YouTube screen to watch the Mustang Minute video by Myles Taylor of SMU News, or visit this link to watch the Peruna Paint Project in a new windowvideo

> Check out more videos at the Mustang Minute blog

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Mustang Minute: Have a Heart for a Vet

The Military Veterans of SMU (MilVets) sponsored a cupcake sale on Valentine’s Day for the SMU community. Watch this SMU Mustang Minute video to learn more about this student organization.

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Mustang Minute: SMU Career and Internship Fair

Students had the opportunity to meet with more than 90 employers representing a range of industries at the February 10 Career and Internship Fair sponsored by SMU’s Hegi Family Career Development Center.

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Mustang Minute: Big iDeas Demo Day

Watch students present their Big iDeas during Engaged Learning Week, in this Mustang Minute! video from SMU News’ Myles Taylor.

Watch this and other Mustang Minute! videos here.

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Mustang Minute: SMU celebrates Martin Luther King Day

SMU honored the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. the week of Jan. 17-22 with community service, a unity walk, participation in the City of Dallas Martin Luther King Day parade and opportunities for discussion. Watch this and other Mustang Minute videos here.

Also, watch SMU alumnus Charles Cox remember his involvement in the day Dr. King spoke at SMU in this video from SMU News’ Myles Taylor.

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Mustang Minute: Celebration of Lights 2014

Relive this year’s Celebration of Lights in a Mustang Minute video from SMU News’ Myles Taylor.

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Highlights from Family Weekend 2014

  • Relive the fun of Family Weekend 2014 with a video from SMU News’ Myles Taylor.
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Welcome to the Hilltop, Mustangs!

Class of 2018 photo on Main Quad.

Class of 2018 photo on Main Quad.

Welcome to the 2014-15 academic year!

Mustang Minute: Watch a video from SMU News’ Myles Taylor featuring highlights from Move-In Day 2014.

Mustang Corral 2014: View photos of the retreat in the Texas Hill Country on SMU Facebook.

Watch Opening Convocation online: Help SMU welcome first-year and transfer students during the 100th Annual Opening Convocation and Rotunda Passage. Watch the live webcast here beginning at 4:45 p.m. Central time Sunday, August 24. 

Read about the Residential Commons in The Dallas Morning News.

Here are some Fall 2014 dates to remember:

  • Opening Convocation and Common Reading discussion: Sunday, Aug. 24
  • First day of classes: Monday, Aug. 25
  • Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 1 (University offices closed)
  • Fall Break: Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 13-14
  • Family Weekend: Friday-Saturday, Oct. 24-25
  • Homecoming Weekend: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 14-15
  • Thanksgiving: Thursday-Friday, Nov. 27-28 (University offices closed)
  • Last day of classes: Monday, Dec. 8
  • Final exams: Thursday-Wednesday, Dec. 11-17 (no exams scheduled for Sunday)
  • December Graduation: Saturday, Dec. 20 (official close of term and date for conferral of degrees)
  • Christmas/Winter Break: Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014-Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 (University offices closed)

Visit the SMU calendar to keep an eye on upcoming events.

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Save the Date: Send-Off Parties for New SMU Families

4149573At send-off parties across the country this summer, incoming SMU students and their parents can connect with fellow SMU families who live in or near their hometowns.

Update: See photos from the 2014 Dallas and Phoenix send-off parties. 

Here is a schedule of party locations and dates; more will be announced in coming weeks. If you would like more information about any of the parties, please contact Kate Moreland in the Office of Parent Giving at 214-768-4737 or kmorelan@smu.edu.

  • Atlanta area: Hosted by Lisa and Tom Noonan, 3-5 p.m. August 10
  • Austin area: Hosted by Barbara and Tim Klitch, July 20 (time TBD)
  • Chicago area: Hosted by Susan and Bert Getz Jr. ’89, 5:30-7:30 p.m. August 14
  • Dallas area: Hosted by Steve and Lisa Provost, 6:30-8:30 p.m. August 5
  • Denver area: Hosted by John and Melissa Eliot ’83, 6 p.m. August 7
  • Greenwich, Connecticut, area: Hosted by James and Lisa Skinner, 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 12
  • Houston area: Hosted by Michael and Krista Dumas, August 13 (time TBD)
  • Kansas City area: Hosted by Ann Marie and Gordon Hamilton ’84, 6-8 p.m. August 13
  • Los Angeles area: Hosted by Tammy and Tim Haldeman, 7-8:30 p.m. July 29
  • Miami area: Hosted by Chino and Zady Cosculluela, 7 p.m. July 13
  • New Orleans area: Hosted by Jeff and Kathryn Scurlock, August 14 (time TBD)
  • Orange County: Hosted by Susan and John Cox, 6-8 p.m. July 27
  • Portland, Oregon, area: Hosted by Brooke and Lane Webster, 7-8:30 p.m. May 29
  • Phoenix/Scottsdale area: Hosted by Lee Ann and Rich Fennessy, 6-8 p.m. August 10
  • San Diego area: Hosted by Ginny and Marshall Merrifield and Carla and Trey Nolan ’87, 4-6 p.m. August 3
  • San Francisco area: Hosted by Julie and Don Wallunas, 4 p.m. August 10
  • St. Louis area: Hosted by Bryan and Ann Cook, 6-8 p.m. June 19
  • Washington, D.C., area: Hosted by Debbie Dunn, August 3 (time TBD)

More information for new SMU parents:

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