Dance major Takia Hopson walks the stage. All photos by Kim Leeson.

On a stormy May 19, SMU Meadows moved commencement indoors. Keynote speaker Ian Derrer, general director of the Dallas Opera, reviewed his notes backstage. Students hugged their professors. Willie Baronet, Stan Richards Professor in Creative Advertising, took group selfies. There is nothing like the happiness and joy of graduation day. Photographer Kim Leeson was on hand to capture the scene.

Students Lauren Steele and Roderick Woodruff

Grads wait backstage before commencement

Meadows Scholar Stejara Dinulescu kills time in line before commencement

Prof. Steve Edwards (left) with advertising students

Jeremy Pope-Levison, left, and Caleb Vandaveer wave to family

Matthew Holevas waves to family in the balcony

(From left) Jeremy Pope-Levison, Xxavier Carter, Miranda Helm and Prof. Ira Greenberg

(From left) Jasonica Moore, Lauren Steele, Brandi Mcleain, Mikaela Brooks and Curtis Faulkner

Dance chair Christopher Dolder (center) with dancer students

(From left) Gabby Grubb, Kat Allen, Dyala Ashfour and Prof. Willie Baronet

Rachel Gan, left, and Jordan Pyle

Welcome and Gratitude speech, by Jasonica Moore, Division of Theatre

Keynote speaker Ian Derrer, general director of the Dallas Opera

Curtis Faulkner sings “SMU Forever”

Curtis Faulkner hugs Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Kevin Hofeditz after singing “SMU Forever”

Commencement moved to McFarlin Auditorium due to weather

Prof. Ira Greenberg congratulates Xxavier Carter

Graduates backstage waiting to receive diplomas

Sarah Hoffman waits her turn to walk the stage

Dance student Takia Hopson celebrates her big moment walking the stage

Michael Garcia walks the stage.

Lauren Steele walks the stage

The Varsity.

Sara Magalio hugs Caleb Vandaveer

Zeinab Ali celebrates in front of Dallas Hall

Keynote speaker Ian Derrer, general director of the Dallas Opera, reviews his notes bakstage before commencement

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