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A Monday Celebration of Lights Kicks Off 2013 Holiday Season

SMU holiday lights at night on the Main Quad

The holiday season goes into high gear at SMU with a rare weekday observance of one of the University’s most beloved annual traditions. Celebration of Lights 2013 is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, on the Main Quad.

UPDATE: Watch a slide show from Celebration of Lights 2013. slide show

The celebration features than 100,000 decorative lights, luminarias lining the sidewalks, musicians performing songs of the season, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. Refreshments will be served. Check out slideshows and video of past Celebration of Lights ceremonies, courtesy of SMU News. Photos

Other highly anticipated holiday events:

• On Thursday, Dec. 5, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Advent/Christmas Worship Service  at 4 and 8 p.m. in Perkins Chapel with the theme “…A child shall lead.” Admission is free; food and cash donations for the North Texas Food Bank will be accepted in the chapel narthex at the entrance.

• The Guildhall at SMU hosts its Winter Exhibition on Friday, Dec. 20, at SMU-in-Plano. Graduating students in art creation, level design, production and programming will show their work, and attendees will have the opportunity to play games designed by students in multiple cohorts.

• The University celebrates its 2013 December Graduation Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, in Moody Coliseum. Guests do not need tickets to attend; doors to Moody Coliseum open at 8:30 a.m., and guests are encouraged to be seated by 9:45 a.m. Learn more about the ceremony, including information for guests.

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Scenes from SMU Homecoming 2013

SMU’s 2013 Homecoming weekend Oct. 24-27 brought thousands of friends and alumni to campus for reunions, football, a parade and various other activities, as well as the announcement of a $1 billion goal for the Second Century Campaign at the Volunteer Summit.

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Family Weekend 2013: The Video Highlights

At Family Weekend 2013 Oct. 4-6, SMU families celebrated longtime Hilltop traditions. With a theme of “SMU: Where Dreams Come True,” the weekend included Residential Commons tours, a luncheon sponsored by the Mothers’ Club and Student Foundation, and a Dads’ Club brunch and Boulevarding before the Mustangs took on Rutgers.

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Tune In: Experiencing SMU Game Day ‘Down On The Boulevard’

SMU celebrated its 13th year of The Boulevard during the season-opening football game against Texas Tech Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. A new video by Myles Taylor of SMU News captures the fun, spirit and pageantry of the University’s pre-game festivities – which Southern Living magazine named one of “The South’s Best Tailgates” in 2012.

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Welcome to the Class of 2017

Watch the Class of 2017 take their class photo in a video from SMU News. Click on the video or this link.

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Congratulations to SMU’s Class of 2013


Former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison receives honorary degree from SMU President R. Gerald Turner.

Former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison delivered the commencement address and received an honorary degree at SMU’s Spring 2013 Commencement Convocation on Saturday.

Hutchison spoke about entrepreneurial spirit and a “can-do” attitude as important legacies from the graduates’ time at SMU: “Class of 2013, the best of your life is yet to come, and you are ready!”

President R. Gerald Turner conferred approximately 1,500 undergraduate and graduate degrees upon students from all of SMU’s schools and professional programs. This year’s spring ceremony fell midway through the University’s centennial celebration, which marks the university’s founding in 1911 and its opening in 1915.

The ceremony was staged in front of SMU’s first building – Dallas Hall – on the historic Main Quad. Against a campus backdrop of oak trees and red brick buildings, students and faculty marched to the quad in their academic regalia, accompanied by processional music.

“Commencement allows us to celebrate our SMU graduates’ achievements and look forward with them to the future. By awarding honorary degrees, we also recognize individuals who have made important contributions to academia and society,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner.

In addition to  Hutchison, a technology entrepreneur, a former U.S. ambassador, a distinguished scholar and a criminal justice reform activist also received honorary degrees for distinguished contributions in their fields.

Read more from SMU News.


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SMU Welcomes George W. Bush Presidential Center to Campus


Former President George W. Bush at the podium as (from left) First Lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, former First Lady Barbara Bush, former President George H. W. Bush, former First Lady Laura Bush, former President Bill Clinton, former First Lady Hillary Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter, and former First Lady Rosalyn Carter look on.

The dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on Thursday, April 25, brought members of the prestigious so-called Presidents’ Club to SMU.

President Barack Obama joined former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to dedicate the new Bush Center.

The event drew more than 10,000 invited guests, including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and other former heads of state. More than 500 members of the SMU community watched the simulcast in McFarlin Auditorium or at an outdoor viewing screen.

The dedication also was streamed live at A video of the dedication ceremony is available at

In his remarks, Bush thanked SMU, noting that President R. Gerald Turner runs “a fantastic university.” He said SMU students are “awesome,” drawing cheers from students in the audience.

President Obama remarked that the dedication was a “Texas-sized party.” He said all former presidents are a “support group,” and noted Bush’s “incredible strength and resolve” after the attacks of  9-11.  Referring to what all former presidents have in common, he said, “We all love this country and we do our best.”

Located on a 23-acre site on the east side of campus, the Bush Center houses the Presidential Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute. The Library and Museum will open to the public May 1.

The Bush Center has designated Monday, April 29, as a special library visitation day for SMU faculty, staff and students.

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Students Make Connections at Career and Internship Fair

The spring Career and Internship Fair sponsored by the SMU Hegi Family Career Development Center brought hundreds of students and alumni to the Hughes-Trigg Student Center to meet with more than 100 employers, including finance and insurance firms, technology and engineering companies, retailers, nonprofits and government agencies.

  • Watch a video of the Career and Internship Fair by Myles Taylor of SMU News video

Before the fair, the Hegi Career Center offers a Career Prep Day, where students participate with employers and alumni in events including Resumania and Speed Networking.

Career counselors encourage students to begin exploring internship opportunities and the career development process during their first year at SMU. “Today’s employers want to see not only solid GPA and campus involvement on students’ resumes, but also multiple relevant work experiences,” says Darin Ford, director of the Hegi Career Center.

The Hegi Career Center offers students and alumni multiple resources in addition to the fair, including:

Learn more about career development resources at

    • Alumni are invited to share their career expertise and mentor SMU students. Learn more at SMU Connection.
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Tune In: Happy Holidays from SMU

Myles Taylor of SMU News captures highlights of SMU holiday traditions in this video, from Celebration of Lights and the Advent Worship Service to the Trains at NorthPark Center. Click the YouTube screen to watch, or click here to open SMU’s 2012 Christmas video in a new window. video icon

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December Graduation 2012 is Set for Saturday, Dec. 15

December Graduation 2011

SMU celebrates during December Graduation 2011. Mechanical Engineering Professor José Lage (right), 2011-12 Faculty Senate President, carries the University Mace. Photo: Clayton Smith.

The SMU community will celebrate the graduation of hundreds of students at its 2012 December Graduation on Saturday, Dec. 15. Civic and philanthropic leader Caren Prothro, chair of SMU’s Board of Trustees, will be the featured speaker.

Update: Watch Caren Prothro’s address and see a slideshow from SMU News.

Ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. in Moody Coliseum with a student and faculty procession. Doors to the staging area in the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports open at 8:30 a.m., when formal portrait sessions will begin. Processional groups begin forming at 9:15 a.m.

Complete information for candidates, guests and faculty from the SMU Registrar

“The spirit of community combined with our celebration of the individual is what makes SMU’s December Graduation Convocation a most joyous time,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner and Provost Paul Ludden in a joint message to December graduates.

December Graduation is a formal ceremony open to degree candidates from all of SMU’s schools and professional programs. All participants must wear academic regalia; however, honor ribbons, medals, flowers, decorated mortarboards or other adornments may not be worn during the ceremony. Students without regalia will be directed to the SMU Bookstore to rent a cap and gown. Decorated and ruined mortarboards must be replaced at the student’s expense.

Find complete rules for regalia at the University Registrar’s homepage

Caren Prothro

Caren Prothro

Caren Prothro has provided leadership and support for civic initiatives contributing to Dallas’ rise as an international center for business and culture, including SMU’s growth as a global educational and research institution.

As chair of the SMU Board of Trustees since 2010, Prothro has focused on the University’s goal of 100 endowed faculty positions and on increasing funds for merit-based scholarships that enable the University to draw top students nationally. A member of the Board since 1992, Prothro served as vice chair from 1996-2000. In addition, she serves as a co-chair of SMU’s Second Century Campaign and its Campaign Leadership Council.

Along with her late husband, C. Vincent (Vin) Prothro, Mrs. Prothro has been a generous donor to SMU, supporting the Perkins School of TheologyMeadows School of the Arts and the Department of Biological Sciences in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, She and her husband continued a long-standing tradition of SMU support from the Perkins-Prothro family of Wichita Falls – including Mr. Prothro’s parents, Charles and Elizabeth Perkins Prothro, and his grandparents, Joe and Lois Perkins, who endowed the SMU theology school in the early 1940s and funded six buildings for the school, including Perkins Chapel.

Learn more about Caren Prothro

The ceremony lasts about two hours. No guest tickets are required, and free parking will be available throughout the campus. Find more information for students and guests at the University Registrar’s December Graduation home page.

Complete instructions for candidates
Information for guests, including maps, travel discounts and more
Information for guests with disabilities
December Graduation simulcast, photo and DVD information

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