Congratulations to new SMU graduates

Commencement Cap TossMore than 600 students from SMU’s seven schools graduated Saturday, Dec. 19, at the December Commencement Ceremony in Moody Coliseum.

Distinguished lawyer Michael M. Boone, an alumnus and chair of the SMU Board of Trustees, delivered the commencement address.

At the ceremony, 627 students and faculty in academic regalia entered Moody Coliseum with their respective schools, accompanied by music and applause from proud families. Each graduate was individually recognized.

Boone is a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of Haynes and Boone, one of the nation’s largest and most respected law firms.

Boone has received numerous honors for his civic leadership, including Distinguished Alumni Awards from the University as well as from the Dedman School of Law and the Cox School of Business. He also has received the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award from SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, the Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award from the Methodist Health System Foundation and the Jack Lowe Sr. Award for Community Leadership from the Dallas Bar Association.

Boone earned a B.B.A. from the Cox School of Business in 1963 and a J.D. from Dedman School of Law in 1967. He serves on the executive boards of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and Dedman School of Law, and formerly was an adjunct professor at the law school.

He served as vice chair for SMU’s Second Century Celebration Organizing Committee and as a member of the Leadership Council for The Second Century Campaign, which reached its $1 billion goal ahead of schedule in September 2015. Boone has served his community in numerous roles, including as president of the Highland Park School Board and chair of the Dallas Citizens Council.