Opening Convocation

Tune In: Watch SMU’s 103rd Opening Convocation live, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017

President R. Gerald Turner will deliver the opening address, “World Changers Shaped Here,” at SMU’s 103rd Opening Convocation. The ceremony beings at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 in McFarlin Auditorium.

SMU Board of Trustees Chair Michael M. Boone ’63, ’67 , Faculty Senate President Paul Krueger and Student Body President David Shirzad will also give remarks. The Meadows Convocation Chorus, directed by Pamela Elrod Huffman, will provide music, accompanied by Sarah England.

The entire Convocation will be streamed over the internet via smu.edu/live. Click or tap the screen below to watch. The broadcast begins one hour before the ceremony starts.

> Download a PDF of the 103rd SMU Opening Convocation program

SMU welcomes the Class of 2021 with Mustang Corral 2017, Aug. 16-20

Camp Corral candlelight ceremony, 2016SMU welcomes new students to campus Aug. 16-20, 2017 with Mustang Corral, a five-day University orientation for first-year and transfer students. The Corral experience begins on Move-in Day, Wednesday, Aug. 16, and ends with the close of Opening Convocation on Sunday, Aug. 20.

The schedule includes the following:

Wednesday, Aug. 16: Move-in Day for First-Year Students, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
As new students arrive for their prescheduled check-in time, volunteers help unload cars and roll students’ belongings to their rooms. After move-in, families are invited to enjoy barbecues at Arnold Dining Commons, Umphrey Lee Dining Commons and the Mack Ballroom in Umphrey Lee.

Old Red Courthouse visit, Discover Dallas 2016Thursday, Aug. 17: Discover Dallas
Students board buses and take off to #DiscoverDallas through SMU’s popular morning field trips. Students choose one of 22 different tours to learn about their new hometown, with destinations ranging from the Dallas Zoo to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science to kayaking on White Rock Lake and touring AT&T Stadium. Students also can select community service sites, including the North Texas Food Bank, SPARK and Dan D. Rogers Elementary School.

> Check out the Discover Dallas 2017 interactive map

•  Thursday-Friday, Aug. 17-18: Camp Corral
On Thursday afternoon, students head to Camp Corral for a two-day, one-night retreat just outside of Dallas. Incoming and upper-class students will have the opportunity to interact while learning about the SMU community. Highlights include the Club Corral dance and closing candlelight ceremony.

Saturday, Aug. 19: Class photo, Night at the Club
The Class of 2021 gathers on the main quad Saturday morning for a class photo in the shape of a giant 2021. 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.

SMU Opening Convocation choir, 2016Sunday, Aug. 20: University Worship, SMU Reads, Rotunda Passage and Opening Convocation
Sunday begins with University worship in the morning, and the SMU Reads discussions of SMU’s 2017 Common ReadingEvicted by Matthew Desmond, in the afternoon. Mustang Corral ends and the 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. SMU President R. Gerald Turner will present remarks.

For more information about Mustang Corral, visit SMU’s New Student Orientation blog.

— Written by Nancy George

See slide shows from Discover Dallas 2016

> Find a complete schedule at SMU News

Tune In: SMU welcomes the Class of 2020

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.

Opening Convocation

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.

> Relive the SMU Class of 2020’s week of welcome here

Your invitation to Opening Convocation: Take part Sunday, Aug. 21

Guarding the University seal in the Dallas Hall Rotunda, SMU Opening Convocation 2010, photo by Jake Dean

SMU alumni guard the University seal in Dallas Hall during the Rotunda Passage at SMU Opening Convocation. | Photo credit: Jake Dean

Take part in one of SMU’s oldest traditions at the University’s 102nd Opening Convocation at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 in McFarlin Auditorium. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Steven Currall will give the address.

Participating faculty members must assemble in academic regalia no later than 5 p.m. in the Perkins Administration Building. Faculty marshals will greet you and lead the faculty procession.

The ceremony will be preceded by the Rotunda Passage, a processional march through Dallas Hall for the incoming Class of 2020.

The festivities will be broadcast live by streaming video at smu.edu/live. Streaming is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the Registrar’s site at smu.edu/convocation.

Busy weekend in store for SMU’s Class of 2017

SMU Rotunda Passage 2012, photo by Clayton T. Smith

SMU Rotunda Passage 2012. Photo: Clayton T. Smith

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 26 for SMU’s 2013-14 academic year, and new students will have a busy weekend making themselves at home on the Hilltop. Highlights of activities for the Class of 2017, at a glance:

Saturday, Aug. 24

  • 4 p.m. Class photo – Dallas Hall lawn (wear white Mustang Corral T-shirts)
  • 8 p.m. “Night at the Club” student involvement fair and social event – Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports

Sunday, Aug. 25

  • 1 p.m. Common Reading discussion, The Other Wes Moore – residence halls and other locations
  • 4:45 p.m. Rotunda Passage – Dallas Hall (student line-up at west side, faculty line-up at Perkins Administration Building)
  • 5:30 p.m. Opening Convocation with speaker Gillian McCombs, dean and director, Central University Libraries – McFarlin Auditorium

School year starts with new and old traditions

Dedman College Dean William Tsutsui speaks at SMU's Opening Convocation 2010SMU welcomed 1,478 new students to the class of 2014 in August. The students come from 44 states and 36 countries, including China, India, Russia and Spain.

“As you will all find in the coming weeks, months and years, education comes in unexpected places, at unexpected times and in unexpected ways when you are in college and, indeed, throughout your life,” said William Tsutsui (right), dean of Dedman College, in his Opening Convocation address. “You never know when something great is going to happen. So be ready: Unexpected and wonderful things lie just ahead for all of you.”

> Read the full text of Dean Tsutsui’s Convocation address under the cut

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Calendar Highlights: Back-to-School 2010

Lining up the flags for Opening Convocation 2009New students arrive on the Hilltop for Mustang Corral Aug. 18, and the entire campus is gearing up for the Fall 2010 semester. Keep track of some important dates and times with this handy back-to-school calendar:

> Visit the SMU calendar to find more upcoming events
> Learn how to submit calendar events

Calendar Highlights: Aug. 25, 2009

'Dreams From My Father' book coverCommunity reading: Faculty, staff members and incoming first-year students will take part in the 2009 Common Reading discussion beginning at 2 p.m. Aug. 25 after the mandatory residence hall meetings. Learn more about the 2009 Common Reading, Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama.

Welcome, class of 2013: Bobby B. Lyle Professor of Leadership and Global Entrepreneurship Jeffrey W. Talley, founding director of the Lyle School of Engineering‘s Institute for Engineering and Global Development, will give the address in SMU’s 95th annual Opening Convocation at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 25 in McFarlin Auditorium.

Fall General Faculty Meeting: The first day of class brings the first general faculty meeting of the 2009-10 academic year, at 4 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Hughes-Trigg Theater. The meeting is preceded by a reception at 3 p.m. in the Theater foyer.

Everyday magic: Czech housewife and self-taught artist Anna Zemánková developed a lyrical and highly original style when she took up drawing in 1960, at age 52. A new SMU exhibition pays tribute to her talent – By Magical Means: Drawings by Anna Zemánková will be on display Aug. 31-Oct. 10 in the Pollock Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Admission is free.

Calendar Highlights: Back-to-School 2009

Professors and Peruna handlers at ConvocationNew and returning students are arriving on the Hilltop, and the entire campus is gearing up for the Fall 2009 semester. Keep track of some important dates and times with this handy back-to-school calendar:

  • Mustang Corral: Aug. 21-23
  • Common Reading discussion: Aug. 25, 2:15-3:15 p.m. in residence halls (learn more about the 2009 Common Reading, Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama)
  • Opening Convocation and Rotunda Passage: Aug. 25, 5:30 p.m. (address by Jeffrey W. Talley, Bobby B. Lyle Professor of Leadership and Global Entrepreneurship and founding director of the Institute for Engineering and Global Development, Lyle School of Engineering)
  • First day of class: Aug. 26
  • General Faculty Meeting: Aug. 26 in the Hughes-Trigg Theater (reception at 3 p.m., meeting at 4 p.m.)
  • First Faculty Senate meeting of 2009-10: Sept. 2, 3:10 p.m, Hughes-Trigg Student Center
  • Labor Day: Sept. 7 (University offices closed)
  • Fall Break: Oct. 12-13
  • Homecoming Weekend: Nov. 6-7 (SMU vs. Rice)
  • Family Weekend: Nov. 13-14 (SMU vs. UTEP)
  • Thanksgiving: Nov. 26-27 (University offices closed, no classes Nov. 25)
  • Last day of class: Dec. 9
  • Finals Week: Dec. 11-17
  • December Graduation: Dec. 19
  • Christmas/Winter Break: Dec. 21-25 (University offices closed)
  • New Year’s Day holiday: Jan. 1 (University offices closed)

Visit the SMU calendar to keep an eye on upcoming events and learn how to submit events.

Your Convocation invitation

Take part in one of SMU’s oldest traditions at the University’s 93rd Opening Convocation at 5 p.m. Aug. 22 in McFarlin Auditorium. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Paul Ludden will give the address.

The ceremony will be preceded by a community welcome for the University’s incoming class from 4:15-4:45 p.m. Come to the Main Quad and pick up an SMU pennant to wave in welcome to the class of 2011.

For more information, contact Gretchen Voight in the Office of the Registrar, 8-2037.

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