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These 30 Graduation Day Photos Will Make You Smile

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