Preparations are under way for a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of SMU’s 100th anniversary throughout Homecoming Weekend, September 23–26, 2015.
“If you have been contemplating a return to your alma mater, the final Homecoming of The Second Century Celebration is one you don’t want to miss,” says Peter A. Lodwick ’77, ’80, chair of the SMU Alumni Board. “A range of special activities and gatherings will enable you to re-engage with the academic life of SMU, reconnect with friends and commemorate 100 years of our outstanding University.”
Traditional events that will be held include the Distinguished Alumni Awards, reunion parties (this year for the classes of 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010), Pigskin Revue, the Homecoming parade and the SMU Mustangs football game. Additionally, several special events are scheduled throughout the weekend.
Centennial Countdown Concert
SMU Program Council invites alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff to count down to SMU’s 100th birthday in a fun-filled evening of music featuring Eli Young Band with special guest star Cam that starts Wednesday, September 23, at 9 p.m. in Moody Coliseum. Preregistration and separate event tickets are required.
Centennial Commemoration of the Opening of SMU
On Thursday, September 24, the University community will gather for a special Worship Service at 8:30 a.m. in Perkins Chapel, followed by the Centennial Commemoration Ceremony in McFarlin Auditorium (seating begins at 9:30 a.m.) and, afterward, a Community Picnic.
Distinguished Alumni Awards
SMU will present the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards, the highest honor the University can bestow, on Thursday, September 24, at 7 p.m. on the historic main quadrangle. The award recognizes extraordinary achievement, outstanding character and good citizenship. Recipients will be Bess Fraser Enloe ’60, Donald F. Jackson ’63 and Billie Ida Williamson ’74. The Emerging Leader Award will be presented to Michael W. Waters ’02, ’06, ’12. Separate event tickets are required, and seating is limited.
Campaign Volunteer Meeting
The Second Century Campaign co-chairs have invited campaign volunteers to a special meeting on the historic main quadrangle on Friday, September 25. They will review campaign progress thus far and plan the conclusion of the campaign, which ends December 31.
Football Game and 100th Birthday Salute
On Saturday, September 26, following the Homecoming parade at 3 p.m. and The Boulevard, Coach Chad Morris will lead the SMU Mustangs in an exciting football contest against the James Madison University Dukes at 6 p.m. in Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Immediately after the game, the University will cap this special weekend with a celebratory extravaganza and fireworks display wishing SMU a happy 100th birthday.
For a full schedule of Homecoming Weekend events and to register, visit smu.edu/homecoming.