SMU welcomed new students to the Hilltop in August with five days of learning, bonding and exploring their new home. Throughout the week, University reporters and photographers captured the Class of 2020 at Mustang Corral and in the Discover Dallas program.
Now their photos, social media posts, and a new video by SMU News’ Myles Taylor are gathered at one link. Visit SMU News for many more dispatches from Move-in Day, Camp Corral, the 2016 Opening Convocation, the making of the class photo and more.
— Denise Gee SMU (@SMUdenisegee) August 19, 2016
SMU welcomes new students to campus Wednesday, August 17, at Mustang Corral 2016, a five-day University orientation for first-year and transfer students. It begins on move-in day, Wednesday, Aug. 17, and ends with the close of Opening Convocation on Sunday, Aug. 21.
Wednesday, Aug. 17,
Move-in Day for First Year Students, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
First-year students check in at their residential commons any time between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., then unload at the designated area for each commons. Orientation leader Jac Mann-McCullick offers tips for a smooth move-in. Expect to be greeted by friendly volunteers with giant rolling bins ready to be filled with living essentials. Volunteers will help unload cars and roll students’ belongings to their rooms.
Orientation leader Sara Whiteley suggests incoming Mustangs remember seven key items for commons living: rain boots and umbrella, shower shoes, desk lamp, step stool, extra long phone charger, detergent pods and – excitement! Click here to learn more.
After move-in, families are invited to family barbecues at Arnold Dining Commons, Umphrey Lee Dining Commons and the Mack Ballroom in Umphrey Lee.
Corral kick-off officially begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Moody Coliseum. Time for families to say good bye and for students to meet their Corral Round Up group – 12 to 15 fellow students from their residential commons and an upper class student leader. Later students will gather at their residential commons to kick off each commons’ unique traditions, gatherings and activities.
Thursday, Aug. 18, 19
Discover Dallas and Camp Corral
First thing Thursday morning students will load buses for “Discover Dallas,” 24 different tours to introduce entering students to their new hometown. Students select destinations ranging from the Dallas Zoo to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science to explore on a morning field trip. Kayaking on White Rock Lake and touring the AT&T Stadium are among the most popular. Students also can select community service sites, including the North Texas Food Bank and Goodwill. Here is a sample of the places students will visit:
- Visiting Paul Quinn College neighborhood farm
- Ice skating at Dallas Stars Center
- Touring Dallas Federal Reserve and meeting Dallas Fed official
- Visiting Sixth Floor Museum
- Racing go-karts as a lesson in physics
- Exploring the Dallas Arts District
- Experiencing the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Thursday afternoon after Discover Dallas, students will head to Camp Corral, a two-day, one-night camp at a retreat center just outside of Dallas. Students will have the opportunity to interact with other incoming and upper class students while learning about the SMU community. Highlights are the opportunities to meet faculty and staff, getting to know one another, the Club Corral dance and, this year, a giant slip n’ slide. Camp Corral wraps up back on campus Friday, Aug. 19, at Ford Stadium with a candlelight ceremony.
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The Class of 2020 will gather on Saturday morning on the main quad for a class photo in the shape of a giant 2020. The day wraps up with Night at the Club at the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports, an introduction to the hundreds of clubs, community service groups and campus activities for students. Still wondering about Corral? Orientation leader Taylor Vinson explains at “It All Starts at Corral.”
Sunday, Aug. 21,
University Worship, Common Reading, Rotunda Passage and Convocation
Sunday is the grand finale of Mustang Corral. It begins with University worship in the morning, and the Common Reading discussions of Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson, in the afternoon.
Common Reading is a back-to-school tradition at SMU, which includes small group discussions about a different book selected each year by SMU faculty and staff. Corral leader Jacqueline Mann-McCullick urges, “Read it because the book has something valuable to teach you.” She has shared in a blog post her experience reading Just Mercy and being prepared for discussion as the first academic assignment of a student’s career. Author Bryan Stevenson will present a free lecture on campus at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at McFarlin Auditorium.
Mustang Corral ends and the official academic year begins Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. with Rotunda Passage, a processional march through Dallas Hall’s Rotunda to Opening Convocation, the ceremonial gathering in McFarlin Auditorium where new first-year and transfer students are formally welcomed to SMU by faculty and administrators. Steven C. Currall, SMU provost and vice president for academic affairs, will present remarks.
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SMU will celebrate the academic accomplishments of more than 2,500 students at its 101st annual Commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14, in Moody Coliseum.
Guests are urged to arrive early as seating in the coliseum is limited to four guests per student. Additional seating will be available for a simulcast of the event at Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports, Crum Auditorium and McFarlin Auditorium. The ceremony also will be broadcast outside Moody Coliseum on Bolin Plaza, and there will be a live webcast of the ceremony at http://www.smu.edu/live.
Commencement guests are urged to familiarize themselves with the University’s security policy for Moody Coliseum, also known as the “clear bag policy.” The requirements are designed to support public safety through restricting items that may be carried in to the coliseum. Read more about security and the clear bag policy below.
Prior to the start of the ceremony, the digital screens in the center of Moody Coliseum will periodically share social media posts shared by graduates and their guests. Attendees can use the hashtag #SMUgrad on any Twitter or Instagram post to possibly have their post shared on the big screen and show their pride in reaching graduation day.
Technology and civic leaders Richard and Mary Templeton will share the delivery of the SMU Commencement address. Richard Templeton, a member of the SMU Board of Trustees, is president and CEO of Texas Instruments, and Mary Templeton is a philanthropist and community volunteer who had a 14-year career with General Electric before moving to Dallas. Under Mr. Templeton’s leadership, TI and the TI Foundation have invested generously in programs designed to strengthen global education programs, including K-12 STEM teaching and student achievement. Click here to read more about Richard and Mary Templeton.
During the ceremony, an honorary degree will be conferred upon medical researcher Groesbeck Parham, a leader in cancer prevention in Third World countries. Parham will lead a symposium, “Creating Impact in Global Health,” at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at Harold Simmons Hall. The symposium is free and open to the public.
Diploma presentation ceremonies will be held at individual schools. Click here for the commencement schedule.
The Baccalaureate Service for undergraduate candidates and their guests will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, May 13, in McFarlin Auditorium. It will be broadcast live at http://www.smu.edu/live.
For a map of the SMU campus, visit www.smu.edu/maps.
SMU students shared the results of their research with other students and guests at the annual Research Day on Feb. 10. Learn more and see a list of winners at www.smu.edu/researchday.
Twinkling white lights will illuminate the SMU campus Nov. 30-Jan. 3 for Celebration of Lights, the University’s annual holiday celebration.
Beginning with the annual campus lighting ceremony on SMU’s Main Quad at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, the Dallas community is invited to enjoy SMU’s centennial holiday lighting, beginning at the SMU campus entrance on Bishop Blvd. to the landmark Dallas Hall.
- See scenes from the 2015 lighting
- Watch an SMU Mustang Minute from SMU News’ Myles Taylor about the arrival of the 2015 Christmas tree.
The annual event is sponsored by SMU’s Student Foundation and supported by the SMU Centennial Host Committee and the Michael F. Miller Endowment for the Celebration of Lights.
Luminarias will line the sidewalks for the Nov. 30 ceremony, a favorite campus tradition for SMU students that will feature student musicians performing songs of the season, SMU President R. Gerald Turner reading the Christmas story from the New Testament, and lighting of the SMU Christmas tree. The celebration ends bathed in candlelight as participants light candles and sing “Silent Night.”
Although much has changed since students climbed ladders to decorate the six pillars of Dallas Hall for SMU’s first Celebration of Lights in 1977, its original intent has remained the same. “Student Foundation started Celebration of Lights to thank the community for its support for SMU,” said Vicki Sterquell ’78, chair of the first celebration committee.
“Celebration of Lights continues to be an important tradition in the SMU community, bringing SMU and the community together for one night of celebration and service,” says SMU senior Jennifer Zotz, president of Student Foundation. This year, Student Foundation, SMU faculty and staff will support the Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Angel Tree. Dallas CASA volunteers advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children under the protective care of the state.
To enjoy SMU’s Celebration of Lights, enter the campus on Bishop Blvd. off Mockingbird Lane. Bishop Blvd. is horseshoe shaped and will bring drivers back to Mockingbird Lane. The holiday lights will shine each evening through Jan. 3.
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SMU families from around the world celebrated Centennial Family Weekend 2015: Haunted on the Hilltop Oct. 30-Nov. 1. The weekend’s events were coordinated by SMU Student Foundation.
- Watch the video from SMU News.